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The Cosmopolitan’s Self-Made Summit

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A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the first ever, Cosmopolitan’s Self-Made Summit at London’s County Hall, in association with Very.co.uk.

The event was targeted at those who want to enter into or new-starters in the fashion industry. As a new starter in the fashion industry, I definitely felt welcomed and appreciated at the event, with the warming company of the delegates and a satisfying breakfast, lunch and cocktails. The event was segmented into elected breakout sessions and 2 Keynotes.

The day started with the opening keynote from model and notable fashion influencer, Olivia Palermo, interviewed by Editor-in- Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine, Farrah Storr. Olivia spoke about her work, her exciting, upcoming collaboration with Banana Republic and her disciplined work ethic; she workouts for an hour, six times a week; she does her own makeup, ‘We’re women, we should be able to glam.’ Olivia Palermo is on the cover of this month’s Cosmopolitan magazine.

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The second Keynote was delivered by stand-up comedian, Writer and Performer, Katherine Ryan, who not only left the audience in stitches, but also made us understand that humour is part of growth; being able to find humour even in painful life events makes us stronger and is not a sign of weakness.

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I attended three breakout sessions. The first one, ‘Blog to Brand’, which included a discussion by Rosie Fortescue, Fleur de Force, Sam Chapman, Sedge Beswick and Lottie Lumsden. You can imagine the wealth of information these women shared. The second session I attended was ‘The Art of Networking: A speed Networking Masterclass’. This included a speed-dating-style discussion with four amazing networkers; Simon Jones, Vanessa Sanyauke, Rosette Pambakian and Georgina Holt. I received advice on how to approach people by email and face-to-face and was advised to tactfully aim to attend one fashion networking event a month. The last session I attended was a conversation with the mighty Alfie Deyes (Zoella’s boyfriend) and Caroline Flack – ‘Turning your Hobby into your dream job’. Yet again another inspiring discussion.

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The event was thronged with competitions and goodies, including Pitch Palace, where you could win a six-month office space at Second Home in central London, plus a work wardrobe from Very.co.uk. Attendees could also enter a competition to win a 2 week internship with Very.co.uk and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Plus, the best goody bag I have ever received. It was overflowing; the Spectrum Rain Glow Luxe Fan Brush (a God-send), the book, #GIRLBOSS, Wolford tight socks, Accessorize earrings, Givenchy and Olivia Palermo perfumes, Maxfactor Voluminous False lash effect mascara and loads of vouchers for manicures and restaurants. I also received a personalised business card holder from Mon Purse, worth £45.

The event was the first networking event, (after the Fashion Blogging Course), where I have introduced myself as a blogger and a model. And it felt great. Honestly, honestly, honestly, I have a self-inflicting fear about introducing myself as a blogger and a model. But being around like-minded people made me feel more confident to talk about who I am. I always believe being confident about who you are opens the way for those life-changing opportunities to come. Here’s hoping.

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