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Fashionista: Fashion School Diaries, an Otis Student Bends the Rules a Bit For Her Final Project

Dhani Mau

Fashion school students around the world are preparing to enter an industry that's rapidly changing. There are courses to pass, design prompts to ace, runway shows to prep for and professional connections to make. In our series, "Fashion School Diaries," those students give us a firsthand look into their day-to-day lives. Here, we meet Jinny Song, an Otis College of Art and Design class of 2018 fashion student, ahead of her student show.

Jinny Song always knew she wanted to work in fashion. Growing up in Orange County, she would draw outfits that she wanted to wear but couldn't afford. "That would be enough for me," she says. "And then Otis actually came to my school when I was a sophomore in high school, and they showed us this whole presentation on fashion and I was like, 'Oh, you can do this and you get money?'

Still, she initially planned on becoming a dentist. "I took all the AP classes in high school, studied for the SAT, but then junior year, summer, I was like, wow, I can't do this. I have to live my dream, I have to be creative, that is who I am. I put everything down and I worked on my portfolio and here I am."

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Photo: Courtesy of Jinny Song