March 20th, 2014
Breaking into Fashion, Fashion News
How to Break into Fashion: Glamour Magazine’s Fashion News Editor Rajni Lucienne Jacques
By Claire

Happy Thursday!
I promised more Breaking into Fashion interviews for 2014, and I’m going to deliver!
Next up in our popular series is Rajni Lucienne Jacques, the Fashion News Editor for Glamour Magazine.
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We’ve taken her picture several times for our street style segments during International Fashion Weeks, but have never gone behind the glam to get insight on her story and how she arrived at her esteemed position. Thankfully, she took time out of her busy day to answer a few questions for you industry hopefuls!
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She said, “My parents are from Haiti and moved to America in 1979. We lived in Queens, New York before moving to New Jersey. I grew up in a small town called Manalapan, New Jersey. After high school I attended Rutgers College and majored in Journalism and Communication and minored in Political Science. At the time I thought I had a clear path to what I wanted to pursue as a career. But I’ve learned that things can quickly change! After college I moved away to Paris, and upon my return I decided to go to grad school at Columbia University. I wanted to be well rounded no matter what field I [ended] up in.”
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She continued, “Fashion was never something I thought of as a career choice. Growing up, when the word profession came up, the only ones that popped into my head were doctor, lawyer, teacher, engineer, etc. Working in fashion was more of a lala land fantasy. When I was younger I would scour through French Vogue, W Magazine, Sassy, and so many small indie magazines imagining what the process was like to work at a magazine and thinking “how does one even try to work at a magazine?”
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She got her first break with an internship at Honey, where she came under the tutelage of the magazine’s then Fashion Director Sydne Bolden Long. Jacques said, “Honey was the first magazine I read that truly spoke to me. But, even in the internship I wasn’t entirely sure that magazines were the thing for me. [Still], working with [Sydne] made me fall in love with print media. Her intensity and passion really inspired me. While interning at Honey, I formed a bond with [her]. From there, I was able to connect with people, who [would] in turn hire me for other projects.”
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Her internship at Honey led to other internships at Instyle, Fader, and Dime magazines, and then to jobs at Vibe, Nylon, and now Glamour. Her current position involves editing, writing, and conjuring up new ideas for the magazine, and traveling abroad to Fashion Week to cover trends and discover new designers.
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Her advice for breaking into the industry? She says, “Always know that your employer will learn just as much from you as you will learn from them. Also know your stuff. Never go into an interview or even go up to someone in the business without doing your homework first.” For women of color, she adds, “Never allow yourself to be pigeon holed or marginalized. Don’t let other people set the boundaries for you.”

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And lastly, any beauty or style tips? She offered, “Always make sure your look is authentic to you. Anyone can spot a fake.” Well, alright!
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One thing I can say about Rajni is that she always stays true to her sporty chic style, and pulls it off effortlessly.
If you want to be further inspired, follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Rajni_Jacques, and see her work on Glamour.com.
What do you think of our latest Breaking into Fashion interview?

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13 Responses to “How to Break into Fashion: Glamour Magazine’s Fashion News Editor Rajni Lucienne Jacques”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Funny…I was just researching “how to break into the fashion industry” so I needed this. @claire how did you get your start? I would love to know.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ok thank you!

  3. BeBe Jones says:

    @claire GREAT FEATURE!!! And the I love the images!!!

  4. ANONYMOUS says:

    This is definitely a great feature… I love hearing about the journeys of various professionals. Great work as always FBD!

  5. Anonymous says:

    @Claire thanks so much ! u inspired me. I’ve been a featured bomber and I intern with a publication as an online intern. I’ve been out of college for a year and your story mirrors mine because nobody is answering! Sometimes I wonder if I’m in the right field ! These stories let me know I should continue my internships and step out on faith much more. I wanna be in New York in six mos!

  6. Ashley says:

    Love this feature. She’s an inspiration to us all! That last pic is everything.

  7. Question says:

    This is great but it’s hard to break into the fashion world espeacially trying to get an internship at glamour or nylon…what exactly are they looking for? …Claire…. I did work for zimmerman for awhile but one of the workers were racist so I had to leave

  8. Anonymous says:

    Such an informative and thorough article.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love love this feature! Keep them coming Claire.

  10. jme says:

    Nice post, Claire!

    I would love to have that Black History sweater. Any details on that?

  11. Anayo says:

    I’ve always wondered how Rajni got her start. Thanks for this! I wonder if she interned at the same time as Daisy Lewellyn because they both interned st Honey mag under Sydne and then both transitioned to InStyle…hmmmm

  12. Rosie says:

    I’ve been following Rajni since she was at Nylon. I love her style. I’d love to work under her at Glamour.

    Thank you Claire for these features!

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