As a fashion and beauty guru with a weakness for sparkles, Ally Dean has had a passion for working in the magazine industry since being an intern at ELLE Canada. Since then, she has grown her career, contributing to The Globe and Mail, LOULOU and FLARE, collaborating with Pink Tartan and Edit, and is currently the Fashion and Beauty Editor for Hello! Canada Magazine.
I had the opportunity to interview Ally and learn more about who her ultimate #GIRLBOSS is, who she loves following on Instagram and hear her advice for interns.
1. What #GIRLBOSS do you look up to and why?
I’ve been very fortunate to work with amazing women who continue to be strong mentors that inspire and motivate me both personally and professionally. But, I think you really have to focus on yourself and be your own best cheerleader. You can waste so much energy fixating on other people’s opportunities and achievements that you forget to stop and reflect on your own work. That being said, we can all learn something from Beyoncé.
2. If you could recommend 5 Instagram accounts every fashion/beauty lover must follow, what would they be?
There are too many to count! I follow everyone from brands and magazines to celebrities, designers, editors and bloggers. Everyone provides a different perspective, and the more you can see and expose yourself to, the better. (@EvaChen, @dianekrugerperso, @kellyoxford and @hellocanadamag are a few of my current faves.)
3. Was there ever a time in your career where you wanted to throw in the towel? How do you get through the rough patches, can you give an example?
Yes, absolutely! I don’t believe anyone could say no to that question. However, I think doubt and uncertainty are natural–especially when you work in a creative industry where so much of your perceived talent or success is subjective. But I’m lucky to have a job that I truly love, and I think that has to be the basis for any profession you pursue. Having an honest dialogue with yourself about your strengths, weaknesses and interests is also important. Don’t let anyone (even a boss or mentor) project what they think is best for you and steer your career. Advice can be useful, but take everything with a grain of salt and make choices that are true to who you are and what you want. Also, don’t be afraid to change jobs, try something new and potentially fail. Even a bad job or a poor decision has an important take-away that ultimately makes you stronger.
4. What is an aspect of yourself that not a lot of people know about you?
I love art and take a painting/drawing class once a week. But, I don’t have any of my artwork hanging in my house – I always give my pieces away to friends or family. I’m also a horseback rider and country music fan; my off-duty weekend look usually involves plaid button-ups and paddock boots.
5. What advice would you give interns who are starting out in the fashion industry?
Internships are a great way to learn the business and get your foot in the door, but (like so many other opportunities) they are what you make them and you get out what you put into the job. There’s no room for ego or millennial entitlement in this industry–and patience is paramount. Establishing a successful career takes time.
Written & Interviewed by Shelene Satar