From Homeless to High Fashion - Girl Gets Elle Internship


scarlett_elleFrom homeless to high fashion?  That’s the Lifetime movie like scenario that is a reality for a homeless girl named Bri.

The young woman has just been awarded an internship working with Elle Magazine’s advice columnist E. Jean. Earlier this year Bri participated in an advice columnist competition but when it came to the screen test she clammed up. She said that, “I believe they were specifically looking for ‘the Next Carrie Bradshaw’. OK, I have to admit, I’ve never seen a single episode of ‘Sex and the City’.  Yes, I’m a traitor to my gender.” She wasn’t cast in the reality show which ended with the winner being awarded an internship at the Elle.  But she didn’t let that stop her. She wrote in to E. Jean saying:

Dear E. Jean: I’m currently homeless and living in a Wal-Mart parking lot. I’m educated, I have never done drugs, and I am not mentally ill. I have a strong employment history and am a career executive assistant. The instability sucks, but I’m rocking it as best as I can. Recently I stumbled across a job notice (a reality show casting call for executive assistants) and was intrigued enough to apply. It was a shot in the dark, and I assumed I’d never hear back. Surprise! I was called in this week! And I promptly bombed it. When I found out who was involved in the show I got kind of starstruck and completely froze up. My usual personality did not radiate. My question: How does one get another shot when one screws up a job interview? —Homeless, but Not Hopeless

Her letter was published in the magazine with the following response:

“Of course, the cleverest way to land a good job (and get an apartment) is to already have a good job/internship/volunteer position. This strategy permits you to impress the interviewers with the superhuman passion you have for your current projects.”

“This is what you did with your letter: You knocked me out with your courage and spirit. I am therefore, Miss Not Hopeless, offering you a four-month internship……. If you accept this internship, you’ll telecommute to my East Coast mountain office one hour a day, six days a week. At the end of the four months, if you don’t have a job and an awesome place to live, I will become your intern.”

She starts September 1st.


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