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Q&A with Sophie Prescott

This week we are joined by a new writer, Sophie Prescott. Here in a short interview with Dominika Wojciechowska.

Dominika Wojciechowska: Tell me a little about yourself. What are your passions?
Sophie Prescott: My name is Sophie and I am a 20 year old student, about to go into my final year studying at the University of Exeter – which is a little bit scary. I study English which I really enjoy, but it’s my writing endeavours outside of university that I am really passionate about. Over the years I have written for a number of publications both in print and online – on everything from men’s interests to careers advice – but it’s fashion and beauty that I love writing about the most.

DW: Individuality nowadays is important, do you agree? What do you think makes you an individual?
SP: I think it’s more important than ever to be individual, especially with social media being a big part of our lives, but I also think it’s important not to try too hard. As cheesy as it sounds, as long as you are yourself then you’ll stand out as an individual.

DW: What would you like to bring and gain from contributing to Fashion Philosophy? Is there anything that you would like to see on the site?
SP: I used to write my own blog a while ago, but unfortunately never had the time to run and maintain it, so hopefully through being a part of the Fashion Philosophy team I can still be involved in blogging while studying and working alongside it. I’d love to just contribute the same high quality content that can already be seen on Fashion Philosophy, writing about the things that interest me in the world of fashion.

DW: How did you first get interested in writing?
SP: I have wanted to write for as long as I can remember – even from a young age at primary school! I first started to write for a local music and entertainment magazine when I was 17, which is when I realised that this was something I wanted to make a future career of.

DW: How do you see your future in the fashion industry?
SP: The absolute dream would be to eventually write for a national fashion magazine, but to be writing about fashion and lifestyle for any publication is a privilege really. With the rise of technology and the digitalisation of all things, I could see myself writing for an online magazine or fashion news website in the future, too.

DW: Do you have any favourite blogs or fashion magazines that inspire you?
SP: I am a frequent reader of all the big monthlies – Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and the like, but I am always on the lookout for new fashion blogs to inspire me. I also like to use Instagram and Pinterest to check out people’s personal style and emerging trends.

DW: Let’s talk fashion. Do you have any favourite designers and brands? How would you describe your personal style?
SP: For AW15, my favourite shows were Elie Saab and Oscar de la Renta, but unfortunately as a student, I am a high-street girl through and through. I’m a big fan of Mango, Zara and Miss Selfridge, and spend far too much time online shopping at Asos and Boohoo. As for my personal style, I would say I do follow what is on trend but always dress for myself – and no outfit is complete without a pair of heels.

DW: Are there any recent news from the fashion world that caught your eye?
SP: I was really inspired by what Emma Watson had to say in the September issue of Vogue UK on the issue of discrimination in the fashion industry; I think more people should speak out about gender inequalities and racism in fashion, as the representation of women in the industry is still very problematic. It was also great to read Abi Buchanan’s piece on disability in the fashion industry on Fashion Philosophy, too.

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