What’s a new Deputy Editor’s first week at ELLE really like?

The Truth About Working For ELLE UK


Lotte Jeffs joined as our deputy editor this week. Here, she dramatically reveals the secrets to becoming a real ELLE insider...

Starting any new job is daunting, I know. But seriously, walking through the doors of THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SELLING FASHION MAGAZINE for the first time on Monday morning is… now I’m not going to say ‘scary’ because obviously I am a proud, confident #femaleboss with the sass of Empire’s Cookie Lyon...


... and the wardrobe of House of Cards’ Claire Underwood


… but it was, let’s just say – a moment.  

Here’s what I learned:


1.    Run. All the time
Or do yoga or barrecore or trampolining or triathalons. Just don’t even think about coming into work not wearing lycra and without a fashionable patina of sweat upon your forehead. Obviously you will then disappear into the ladies' bathrooms for 10 minutes and re-emerge looking like an amazing glamazon.



2.    Do not go unsupervised into the fashion cupboard
This is a magical place full of rails and rails of the season’s coolest clothes. If you don’t have the word ‘fashion’ or ‘editor-in-chief’ in your job title, do not touch the clothes. Do not even look at that Prada jacket and for god sake DON’T try anything on. It is also not a cupboard: it is as big as my flat.


3.    Learn how to look stylishly nonchalant in street style photographs
Do I want to have my picture taken in the middle of Carnaby Street on my second day in the office? Of course I do! Because there is nothing more relaxing than having a photographer tell you to ‘smile with your eyes’ or 'tense your left femur' while a rubbish truck attempts to reverse into you and a pack of Japanese schoolchildren point and giggle.


4.    Love hot desking. LOVE IT
Who needs a regular desk? Not me! It’s not like I even wanted that framed photo of Ruby Rose, cactus plant or collection of bespoke Scandinavian paperweights anyway. I don’t need that clutter in my life – I am a tether-free ELLE woman now who can do brilliant work from anywhere, at any time, and will not sit in the same seat twice in one week. I just need to work out where all these wires go.


5.    Be 360
ELLE is the first magazine to adopt a 360-degree office model. This does not mean spinning around on your swivel chair while working. It means… well... I Googled it.

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