If you watch a movie or a TV show in which a character works for a magazine, it looks pretty darn awesome. Even if you aren’t a senior editor the salary fully supports your awesome lifestyle which includes a SoHo loft and a Prada bag. But in reality, working at a magazine may not be quite as cool as these portrayals.
The web site Fashionista recently did a piece on the horrors of being a fashion intern. Young women’s experiences included washing a urine-soaked dress for a fashion shoot for Vogue, scooping up dog poop, retyping to-do lists and returning yogurt to a store. My personal favorite was the intern who wasn’t allowed to drink out of the same water fountain as the paid employees.
In fact last year Xuedan Wang filed a law suit against Hearst for unpaid wages to her and others who interned at Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines since February of 2006, she claims. The class action suit says Hearst, whose publications include Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping, violated federal and New York state minimum wage, overtime and record keeping laws. It seeks millions in compensation for interns across the country and for a subset of people who worked in New York. Wang was the Head Accessories Intern at Harper’s Bazaar and said she interned at the magazine for four months until December, working 40 to 55 hours a week. When will they be making the film about that?
But for now, let’s take a look at the films and shows that do make looking at a magazine look totally awesome.