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You don’t need to be a model or a designer to work in the fashion industry. There are numerous, although highly-coveted, positions at agencies, fashion houses, fashion PR companies, glossy magazines, in shops, offices and on sets. The designer fashion market in the UK alone is worth over £2 billion, employs over 150,000 people and shows no sign of slowing down. Around 70% of people working in the clothing and fashion industry are female.
Unsurprisingly, getting into an industry as glamorous as fashion is fiercely competitive, whether as a model or a photographer, a designer or a buyer. Entrants need to be motivated, resilient, flexible and prepared to work long, unsociable hours if they want to carve a career in fashion.
The world of fashion is constantly coming under scrutiny for its tendencies to employ unpaid interns for long periods of time with few prospects for paid work. Many also hold the industry accountable for preying on insecurities and creating a society in which people are only seen as attractive if they conform to a certain look, height and weight. However you see it, the world of fashion is constantly evolving and is becoming arguably more inclusive. It can also be an incredibly lucrative field of work for those with the skills and the will to put in the hours.