Where many of my colleagues had the privilege of receiving financial support from their families, I had to work second and third jobs early in my career in order to compensate for the unsustainably low salaries that have been standardized in the magazine industry.
What changes have you seen over the course of your career? This September, we ask by exploring the people, concepts, and ideas that are pushing the us forward in times of unprecedented change.
Y.X. Rachel Wang
In 2016 I traveled to North Dakota to stand in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline on sacred native land.
TV: You were the fashion market director at Style.
I literally did not know what a stylist or an art director was prior to an internship I did at W Magazine.
My team often would prep from our Chinatown studio, whether that meant shopping or requesting clothing from New York and international showrooms.
In our capitalist society our dollar counts as our vote, so theoretically if people vote with their dollars or withhold spending for the kind of world they want to live in, then hopefully the industry will be forced to change.
As time went on, and interns filed lawsuits, magazines started changing their policies on free labor, but it takes time for the deeply ingrained classist, racist, fat-phobic, sexist, and ableist culture of an industry to change.
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