curls, black tops, skinny jeans and red lipstick (lots) ó Sara
Jendusaís uniform allows her to get ready for work in a New York
minute. The stylish computer wizard works at Vogue.com, the online
division of Vogue magazine in Manhattan. Wearing high heels is de
rigeur, so sheís always searching for a smashing, walkable pair.
At 20 years old,
Jendusaís career makes most women salivate, but it comes with high
pressure deadlines and colleagues. Her office is behind the doors of
the tallest building in America, One World Trade Center. Vogue touts a
12.7 million print audience, 6 million monthly online audience and a
large international presence. Fashion arbiter Anna Wintour is the
editor-in-chief. Jendusa confirms the rumor: "At Vogue, everybodyís
commute from Chinatown in lower Manhattan to the office is a mere 15
minute walk (depending on heel height), and, relatively speaking, her
journey from Oconomowoc wasnít much longer. Homeschooled until ninth
grade, she enrolled at Arrowhead High School for three years, then
completed her senior year back at the kitchen table. At 17, she left
for the bright lights and big city. "My parents have always
trusted me. An advantage of home schooling is that I taught myself
Photoshop when I was eight. Itís tedious work but pays well."
editing skills and keen sense of style paid the rent when she
initially arrived in NYC. Please note: She never waited tables. When
assisting a stylist, now so famous he currently goes by his first name
Moses, she got her thrilling introduction to "pulling clothes in
L.A., taking the red eye back to the East Coast and working straight
through the day for perfectionists." Apparently, the first
experience was a lasting one.
out shooting a Le Sport Sac campaign in Central Park. We prepped the
job in L.A. and brought the clothes to NYC. Call time was 5 a.m., and
it was freezing out. It was totally worth it. Thatís when I got
hooked on the whole workaholic scene," Jendusa remembers. "I
crave this kind of environment; itís my challenge to make the magic
happen even if Iím exhausted. In New York, you work hard, but no
other city gives you so much opportunity."
On a cold
January day in 2014, serendipity created an encounter with an
acquaintance already working at Vogue. She invited Jendusa to apply
because the magazine needed extra help for February "Fashion
Month," an industry term that refers to the consecuctive four
weeks of shows that take place in New York, London, Paris and Milan.
That was like putting Manolo Blahniks in front of Carrie Bradshaw.
Jendusa interviewed and was hired part time. She performed so well for
the perfectionists that sheís now full time.
What she likes
most about her technical job is being creative. "Essentially, I
do art and design for posts, photo editing, retouching and video
editing presentations. On a daily basis, simultaneously I use software
like Gif Maker, WEM, Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Bridge and
Keynote. Vogue.com is time sensitive, and we work fast."
sensitive, it turns out neither wild horses nor shameless begging will
make a Vogue employee divulge information about the beautiful and
famous who grace its pages or website. But, if youíve seen them in
the magazine, Jendusa has probably encountered them in the hallways.
fashion techie likes include Helmut Lang, Cheap Monday, Alexander Wang
and Rick Owens.
Is she ever
intimidated by this scene? "No. If youíre afraid or nervous,
you wonít work efficiently. Plus, everyone in New York is
fashionable, but Iím really good at computers."