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ELLE  has recently welcomed six new interns into the office, so each week from now we’ll be introducing them to you, one by one. Next up? Meet our Joburg fashion intern, Phetha Motumi.

Life before ELLE?

I was living a student’s life, completing my degree in Film & Media Production from UCT.

How did you go about applying for the internship?

A friend told me about available internships at ELLE magazine so I sent my CV and portfolio out (twice, because persistence is key) and hoped for the best.

What was day one like?

It felt surreal. I had hoped to be in this kind of working environment for so long that when it finally happened, it felt like a fantastic dream coming true.

Highlight of being at ELLE so far?

1. As an aspiring writer, seeing my stories online and people’s reaction to them means so much more than words could express.

2. The #ELLEBelles. There is such a great spirit and I am learning so much from the people I work with.

3. Getting to see the nitty gritty side of the magazine world. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the production side and all the hard work that goes into putting together a beautiful end product.

Tell us about your average day.

I love how unpredictable days at ELLE are because every day is different. Some days are spent writing articles for print, while others are spent sourcing or writing for online.

Fashion Closet crush?

The classic Reebok sneakers! Colourful and cool, the collaboration with Melody Ehsani is amazing and I need a pair pronto. Also, the gold Lindt bunny that has made its way into the #ELLEFashionCloset looks like chocolate bliss.

 On your wish list?

A vinyl player and all my favourite albums to play on it. I’d also love to travel to Italy for the culture, the fashion and the food!

Currently on your radar?

With the sun setting earlier and the nights getting nippier I’m definitely looking at Max Mara’s Milan AW15 collection for gorgeous coats, worn off the shoulder, with autumn staples.

Highlight of the latest ELLE issue?

The ELLE Report on Pleasures of the Past that I got to co-write with Ntombenhle, Holly and Nicole. It was lovely to see each part that we put in, about favourite pastimes, together in print. I'm also obsessed with the cover. It's groundbreaking to use an unknown face and the touches of animation by our design team, together with the local designs by Chu Suwannapha made it pop.

Any advice for future fashion interns?

It has to be something you love. Take it seriously and work very hard. Take every mistake and make it a learning curve, and remember that even though it may seem like it, it’s not the end of the world. Also, enjoy every second of it!


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