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. First up? Meet our beauty intern, Eeden La Grange
Life before ELLE?
Last year, I graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BA degree in Languages and Cultures, French and English being my majors. I also took a photography course at Cape Town School of Photography (CTSP).
How did you go about applying for the internship?
Having been a devout reader of ELLE online, I spotted the beauty internship and applied immediately. I polished my CV and wrote a determined motivational letter and sent it along with my email application.
What was Day one like?
I remember triple-checking my watch, making sure not to be late on the first day. It was a rainy morning (5 January) and I remember sitting in my car, thinking the ELLE Belles are going to think my hair looks terrible if the rain is going to keep pouring down. I was welcomed with open arms and treated as an equal from day one. The ELLE team is truly the kindest and most sincere group of people I have ever met.
Highlight of being at ELLE so far?
To be honest, every day has been a highlight so far. I learn bucket-loads each day and I have never been more grateful for an opportunity. The experience you gain at the best Fashion and Beauty magazine in the country is priceless.
Tell us about your average day.
My average day is everything but average. I get into the office and it’s first things first: check my emails and then follow up on prices of products and high-res images. It is incredible to work so closely with big beauty brands. I keep the #ELLEBeautyCloset organised and up to date for my Junior Beauty Editor, Maybe Corpaci. I often take photos of new products for our Instagram account, managed by Creative Assistant Niquita Bento, and I keep an inventory of all the incoming products. A Kauai smoothie run for our gorgeous Editor, Emilie, is almost a daily routine. I only recently started helping with writing a page in the magazine, but during the first two months at ELLE I helped to write online content. We laugh and we have great times, but we also work extremely hard to meet deadlines.
Beauty closet crush?
It is impossible not to love anything MAC – favourite current shade being Fashion Revival in Matte, but lately Moroccanoil Hair products have stolen my heart. I have been addicted to the fragrance and the instant effect it has on one’s hair, since trying the Repair Mask for our ‘Tried & Tested’ online extension.
On your wish list?
This is a difficult one, since I would love to wish for everything, but if I had to be reasonable… The Estée Lauder Youth-Infusing Hydration Regimen, which includes an Advanced Night Repair Serum, Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher and Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Crème.
Currently on your radar?
The Chanel Méditerranée Range – launching on 18 May. It is simply beautiful and I love the brand in general.
Highlight of the March issue?
The gorgeous Gaze On beauty editorial we shot – and working with Elford/De la Forêt, whose photography I admire.
Any advice for aspiring beauty interns?
Remember that working for a magazine is not the same as it’s portrayed in a movie. It is real life and hard work. It must come from your heart in the form of true passion and willingness to put yourself out there and be proactive. You have to be able to ‘swim in the deep end’. Of course, the ELLE belles will always lend you a helping hand, but you are going to have to figure some things out on your own. The ability to show initiative is a prerequisite for this job. Also, interning is not about the money. It is about loving doing what you do and your reward comes monthly, in the form of South Africa’s best Fashion and Beauty magazine out there. Knowing that you are part of the ELLE team is the best reward there is.