Teen Vogue beauty editor Eva Chen has been covering fashion week for almost a decade, so she knows her way around the backstage at runway shows like the back of her favorite bottle of moisturizer. But that doesn’t mean things don’t get a little hectic when she’s reporting.
“It’s always very frenzied, there are people screaming out for models, ‘Where did Karlie go? Where’s Chanel?’” she said. “Nowadays, of course, backstage is always so crowded — there’s so much more increased backstage coverage.”
Even when Chen started her career (when things weren’t so crowded backstage), it was still pretty stressful to be a beauty reporter. But she told us backstage at Thursday’s Luca Luca show that her very first fashion week assignment (interviewing Naomi Campbell herself) was probably one of her most stressful to date.
“I had been given the assignment by an editor to get [Campbell's] list of like, 30 things that she had to take with her on summer vacation, or something,” Chen said. “So, you know, I’m 22 years old, I put my microphone in her face and I’m like, ‘Naomi, I’m here for (the name of the magazine I was working at at the time). Can you’ — and she gave me this withering look and was like, ‘Does it look like I need to do anything special for the summer? I’m always ready.’ Which of course is a great quote, but it was also, for a 22 year old, a very stressful experience.”
Stressful? We’ll say.