As someone who is still starting out and trying to get a foot through the right doorway, I find that reading about other women who have really kicked butt within their careers really gets me inspired and makes me work that much harder towards getting the career that I want. There’s nothing cooler, and more motivating, than seeing other woman succeed.
One of the inspiring books that I’ve read lately and loved, was The Vogue Factor by Kirstie Clements. I found this to be a really fascinating read, and anyone interested in the world of fashion magazines will love this book. Kirstie has seen and done nearly everything within that industry and her insight is really interesting. It was fun to read about what really goes on behind the scenes of the stylish world of fashion magazines, from someone who has lived through it and seen all its different faces. Everything from ultra-glamorous dinners with Karl Lagerfeld to having to deal with the stress of negative press and temperamental people.
Kirstie Clements is amazing. Starting out as a receptionist at the Vogue Australia offices, through hard work and talent she moved through the ranks to eventually become the editor in chief. She really did work from the ground up, which I, and I’m sure many others, find very inspiring. Her more recent book, Impressive: How to have a stylish career is another must read. It’s a beautiful book that gives advice on getting the career you want, but I’ll talk more about it in another post.
The other really inspirational story that I just finished reading was #Girlboss by the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso. Having started her own multimillion dollar company from scratch, without having finished high school, gone to college, or ever even taken out a loan to build her empire, Sophia is a very impressive woman. She is all about girl power and #Girlboss, as well as being a chronicle of her own experiences, is also a message to women everywhere that you can do whatever you want, and that you can, and should, be a girlboss and take charge of your own career and life.
Sophia’s story is inspiring because it’s very relatable. She didn’t start out with the skills or money or opportunity to create a successful business that some might, she just decided to work hard and make it happen. And as corny as it might sound, reading a story like hers makes you think that if she can do something so amazing, then so can anyone else.
I really enjoy books that follow someone’s journey through a successful career, and if that career happens to be in the fashion industry, then I like it even better. If you haven’t already read these books, then I suggest you go out and buy them straight away. They are two great reads by two great women.