Ashley Podrebarac was the president and founder of La Salle High School FIDM Fashion Club in Pasadena, California. She is now studying Fashion Design at FIDM, and recently modeled in FashionClub.com's fall fashion article. Don't miss it!
How did Fashion Club help you get to where you are now? Fashion Club opened the door for me to opportunities in the industry.
What's your favorite Fashion Club memory? My favorite memory in Fashion Club is when we built a 5' by 6' mandala out of colorful sand. It was breathtaking.
Any advice for current Fashion Club members? I know it's hard to get a consistent group to show up to meetings so we actually scheduled little lunch meetings once a week and that got a lot more people in a routine during their busy weeks.
What are your career goals? Every fashion designer wants to have their own clothing line and company. But if that does not work out, I love working with companies within the industry.
Do you have an internship? I had an internship with Nordstrom and right now I'm working for GUESS Company and absolutely love working for them.
What is your fall fashion must this year? I'm loving the fun patterned knee length pencil skirts that you can easily dress up or dress down. With a pair of short boot heels and layered jewelry.
Which fashion or beauty trend should just go away?! Denim purses made from old jeans! I scold the first person who cut their old jeans into a purse. Yes, I was guilty back in the day. I definitely owned one when they were all the rage, and I can't believe myself!
What's your favorite drugstore beauty product? I am a huge RiteAid fan. I struggle with sensitive skin and I'm not one to carry around a makeup bag throughout my day, so I found Super Stay by Maybelline and I absolutely love it. I have flushed cheeks and I found it covers well and actually does last all day and night. Their concealer is great, too.
Any FIDM myths you'd like to debunk? That's a hard one because there are not many. I guess I could say that most people tend to think it's an "all girl school" or "all guys who go to FIDM are gay." However, this is so FALSE! There are tons of wonderful straight and gay men at FIDM. If you have a passion for the industry, it shouldn't come with a label.
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