A dream job in the fashion industry always starts with a dream personality. And a bunch of experience, never ending optimism and will power. That pretty much sums up Moniek’s interview, brought to you in a brand new edition of Career Stories. But, for those of you who do more on the web than look at pretty pictures (isn’t Moniek a total stunner?)… read along and find out what her chosen path was to become an ELLE online editor.
YOU’RE AN ONLINE EDITOR AT ELLE… HOW DID YOU LAND THAT FABULOUS JOB?
Moniek: “Just as I had finished my education – I have a Master in Media & Journalism – the financial crisis kicked in with a deafening blow. It had a big impact on the way I viewed my future. Finding a dream job wasn’t going to be as easy as I once thought it would be. I made it my mission to gain as much experience as possible, in as little time as possible. Even if that meant working at smaller companies without a salary for a while. Looking back at it now, this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I learned a lot and pretty soon spotted an opening at ELLE.nl, got the interview and got the job.”
HOW DO YOU KICK OFF YOUR WORK DAY?
Moniek: “My work day starts the minute I wake up. On my way to the shower I quickly check Facebook, Instagram and the tons of WhatsApp messages of my colleagues sharing the latest news.”
BEST PART OF WORKING IN THIS PART OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY?
Moniek: “That it never feels like work. I never have to look at the clock and wonder if it’s me, or that time is standing still. There’s a flip side to that: I’m always short on hours. It’s a privilege to work with a team of superpowers; everyone is so creative, funny and on top of their game. And, fair enough, I wouldn’t want to miss the trips and parties for the world.”
A PIECE YOU’RE MOST PROUD OF?
Moniek: “Last year I flew to London with Diesel to interview their head designer (oh – and Lady Gaga’s former stylist) Nicola Formichetti. We laughed and chatted on and on and I got fifteen additional minutes on my interview time. That’s a lot, I can tell you! We ended up having so much friendly fun that we continued the conversation afterwards.”
WEIRDEST WORK ENCOUNTER?
Moniek: “I told myself to stay cool during my first time at New York Fashion Week and then failed miserably. Outside of one of the show venues, Carine Roitfeld, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and Patricia Field passed me by at a two-foot distance. I couldn’t help myself and made a snapshot (or two). I tried to do it in a inconspicuous matter, but there’s no way to be subtle about taking someones photo right in their face. Ahh, well… You’d be inhumane if you wouldn’t want to capture such legends!”
HARDEST PART OF THE JOB?
Moniek: “It’s easy to simply never stop and work all the time. Especially in this time and in an online environment, as the internet never sleeps. But slowly – and I’m still learning – I found out that I need to eat, sleep and relax properly to function at my best.”
BIG DREAM FOR THE FUTURE?
Moniek: “For now, I’m exactly where I want to be. I truly love my job and my colleagues. It’s exiting to write for such a big website, in a field where new developments happen in a split second. Add to that, that a world famous title like ELLE is on top of everything and you get a grand and exciting feeling. A future aspiration is to work on a project that’s entirely my own. A creative outlet that, ideally, involves quite a bit of traveling. That’s the dream!”
A PIECE OF ADVICE TO OTHER WOMEN LOOKING TO DO WHAT YOU DO?
Moniek: “Go the extra mile and do more than others are willing or able to. It really pays off. It might be difficult in the moment, but you’ll be rewarded in many ways.”
(interview by Marijn Baar and photography by Karen van Duijvenbode)