Anna Wintour‘s former assistant is speaking out.
Lily Stav Gildor, the 29-year-ol former assistant of the Vogue boss from January 2014 to May 2015, opened up about the experience on TikTok.
“I learned so so much from her,” she said.
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“I learned about the business I learned about fashion. I learned about media. And in the last year I started my own business as a textile designer and it’s still using the information today,” she continued.
“I’m not talking about nepotism. Maintain and foster relationships, send a f–king handwritten thank-you note. People like it,” she went on to explain.
“I’m not going to lie and say that I just got this job I applied on the website. That’s not true. I knew someone who knew someone who worked in the HR department at Conde Nast, and I was able to send my resume and interview with them. They then recommended me for jobs that were opening up at Conde Nast, and I applied for at least four different jobs at Vogue, interviewed for them, and didn’t get any of them. I studied art history at a fine arts college. I did not do any fashion internships at that time,” she revealed of her job application.
“When you’re in a job interview and someone asks you what activities you do outside of work, do not say, exercising, running, yoga, and anything like that. Because almost everyone exercises, that’s probably the least interesting thing about you. Plus, you want to stand out from the competition and say the right things,” she continued.
She also opened up about the office culture.
“If you have five really chic and elegant summer outfits, wear them Monday through Friday for several months until the season’s over. That way you’re really making the most out of your clothes, you’re not participating in the overconsumption cycle, you look really chic, and you’re not stressed about trying to come up with new outfits all the time. Let me tell you a secret. Everyone chic at Vogue does this.”