More Than A Woman
An inside look at female entrepreneurs breaking through the glass ceiling.
Director of Photography: Isak Tiner
1. What age did you first become interested in fashion?
I’ve always loved the fashion industry. From a young age I insisted on dressing myself so I’ve always loved the creativity of it all. I didn’t realize though that I could actually make a career out of what I loved until I was about 14 or so. I originally wanted to become a designer but quickly realized sewing wasn’t really my thing so I then tried out a few different avenues of the industry before finding my way in editorial.
2. What was it like starting your career in the editorial world?
It was everything you’d hope it would be! Exciting, exhausting, thrilling, super fast paced, and, yes, it did have its glamorous moments. My first experience in editorial was while I was in college, I was a personal intern to a fashion editor at Marie Claire. That’s when I fell in love with magazines. From there, right out of college I emailed practically every magazine editor I could and finally landed a job at Teen Vogue.
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3. Did you always aspire to be an author?
Actually, no, it really wasn’t something I thought I’d ever do. In college is when my love for fashion journalism really began and I was lucky enough to be able to write for both Teen Vogue and InStyle when I worked there. Eventually I realized though that I had a story to share and just decided to sit down and begin writing!
4. Why did you title your book 'Making it in Manhattan?'
As the saying goes, “if you can make it there you can make it anywhere.” To me, New York is the American Dream. Every year people move from all over the world to New York to pursue their dreams and make them a reality. So I felt it was the perfect title!
5. What inspires you in New York?
Honestly, everything! The people, the places, the buildings, the artwork. New York is just such a beautiful city, there’s inspiration truly everywhere you just need to look for it!
6. What is a typical day for you?
No two days are ever the same! One day I could be in front of the camera shooting a campaign, the next I could be behind my desk writing, the next I could be styling or creating a mood board for an upcoming shoot. Really no two days are ever the same, but that’s why I love it so much.
7. What advice would you have for someone aspiring to make it in the fashion world?
Be ready to work hard and love it! The fashion industry is a very thrilling and exhausting place, but if you work really hard, love it, and are nice I promise you will go far!
Episode One: Denise Porcaro Tupper
"I've always had that crafty, interesting,
creative side and it naturally
fell into flowers."