When I graduated from FIT, I worked hard on my portfolio, and I was set to go out on my first job interview. The chance of working as a fashion illustrator was a good motivation to find a job, not to mention the pressure from my mom to start working. My first interview was in the Garment Center. As I entered the office, there was a man with his feet up on the desk, eating a tuna sandwich. He told me to step into his office, put my portfolio down and turn around for him.
I was 18, feeling totally powerless, and hearing my mom’s voice in my head to get a job, so I turned around. I was humiliated and embarrassed, and I felt that I could never let that happen to me again. Teary eyed, I went home, looked in the paper for a job, and found one at an airline. I knew I did not ever want that experience again and decided to try another career. I would travel, and I did. My experience as a reservationist at a computer was fantastic, and the travel exposed me to London in the sixties. I knew then and there I would want to be a designer.
I need to point out a discovery - I have never had my own office or showroom in the Garment Center, even til this day.
It took me all these years to tell this story. I plan to tell as many more as I can remember, to free myself, literally cleanse myself of the undermining influence of objectification. I recommend you all do the same. Post your empowerment photo and statement on StopObjectification.com. Use the space to click to your personal dumping ground.
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