Last night television provided audiences with yet another romanticized depiction of what it's like to work and intern in the fashion industry. This time, the culprit was Gossip Girl.
On the episode, Blair Waldorf and Dan Humphrey eagerly began their first day as lowly interns at the high fashion glossy, W. Though the scenes were filmed in the actual W offices and featured staffers as extras, the inaccuracies of the plot line would make anyone who has ever spent hours slaving in a fashion closet cringe.
First of all, wearing heels is like intern suicide. Good luck running all over the city with an armload of garment bags, or loading trunks of shoes onto truck beds in those Miu Miu pumps, Blair!
Even a magazine like W isn’t so pretentious that they would only hire interns from Ivy League caliber schools. Unpacking samples, color-coding racks of clothes, and going on Starbucks runs isn’t exactly rocket science.
Interns are lucky if they get asked to steam garments at a photo shoot. Help Alex White style, or fill in for a writer at the top of the masthead? In your dreams, guys.
And just forget about brushing elbows with Editor-in-Chief Stefano Tonchi or snagging invitations to parties. Seriously? Don't make us laugh!
Sorry B and Lonely Boy, head back to the Upper East Side where you belong. A real fashion closet would eat you two alive.