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Cheshire’s Lauren Chin feels she has a keen fashion sense. So, when she spotted an advertisement for Clinique Fresh Faces last summer, Chin thought it would be fun to apply on the Teen Vogue website.
“I had to write a few essay questions and add a resume,” recalled Chin, a 2009 Cheshire High School graduate and student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. “I think there was one about what you aspire to do with your career and how you can represent the Clinique brand as a fresh face. They wanted to know what you have done.”
The Clinique Fresh Faces Tour, in association with Teen Vogue, goes around the country giving girls the chance to represent the brand. The annual contest is a rare opportunity for which Chin didn’t expect to be seriously considered for. You can imagine her surprise to receive an email from Lindsay Leaf, the executive director of marketing at Teen Vogue. Chin was chosen among 25 semifinalists nationwide.
“I almost forgot that I even applied. I had no idea I would even get selected,” recalled Chin.
Five finalists are given an all-expenses paid trip to NYC. They are welcomed to Clinique and Teen Vogue headquarters, have an interview with industry executives, and be photographed for a feature spread in Teen Vogue magazine. The winner is awarded a paid summer internship at Clinique and a behind the scenes tour of Teen Vogue for a week.
After signing paperwork, her profile and photo were placed online. Visitors could vote for their choice through Jan. 5.
“I told all my friends and my parents did the same. I tried to network to get the word out,” explained Chin. “They (classmates) think it is really cool. I didn’t really tell anyone about applying.”
The suspense was hard for Chin. While she wasn’t voted in the top five finalists, she felt the experience has been beneficial.
“I think it has definitely helped get my name out,” Chin said. “Being a semifinalist is amazing. It is so competitive in the fashion industry and you have to find ways to separate yourself from others. Just putting it on my resume will help.”
She pinpoints the beginning of her fashion interest back to fifth grade. She grew up to play for the CHS field hockey team and captain the girls’ ski team. But for a career, fashion is all she wanted to do. Chin has taken the initiative by interning at Elite Model Management in NYC. She works in personal relations and helps models.
“I’m interested in the business side, but haven’t decided what I’d like to do yet,” stated Chin.
Chin believes fashion is always evolving and she has to do the same. She is a sophomore at FIT.
“I’m working on my associate degree. It’s a two-year school, so then I’ll go back for my master’s (degree),” added Chin.
This photo, courtesy of Chin, was placed online for voting.