ONCE AGAIN, I REDID THE ESSAY. OPINIONS, LIKE ALWAYS ARE NEEDED. THANKS A BUNCH! Ever since I was a young girl I have been awed and inspired by fashion. It has inspired me to do things I would have never otherwise tried and has even motivated me to pursue a career in the fashion industry. This year, my valentines day will not be spent out on a romantic date, but at home with a copy of vogue and a box of chocolates because fashion is truly my first love. I'll never forget the day I first fell in love with fashion. I was at home with my mother on a rainy Saturday afternoon. While she began to cook dinner , I began to rummage through her closet which looked like a boutique in its own right. I was fascinated with all the beautiful clothing she had and at only 9 years old, I couldn't resist the urge to play dress up. When I finally had put together and ensemble and looked in the mirror I remember feeling like a superstar, like I was ready to conquer the world. From that moment on I had started to develop a strong passion and interest in fashion. I have to admit that at first, and up until recently , I was using fashion for the wrong reasons. Because I had such low self esteem I was using it to mask my insecurities, to gain attention so I would feel like I was worthy of having friends. As a result I did gain the popularity I was searching for because of the material things and I possessed and yes, this did boost my confidence. I became more outgoing and made some true friends. Just being me was good enough and although my love for fashion was stronger than ever, I knew I never needed any of these material possessions to being with. Looking back now, I realize I was spending every last dollar I had to look good but I never dealt with the internal conflict that truly reflects on the other expression. Luckily I was able to work out these internal conflicts and ended up doing things I never thought I could. Among these things was landing a part time job for Lancome Cosmetics as a beauty advisor at the age of 16. This made me the youngest person to ever work in cosmetics at Century 21 department store. I also work up enough confidence to enter beauty pageants and ended up winning numerous titles. Having a love for fashion for so long has assured me that there is nothing else I would rather do with my life. I know for sure that the fashion industry is where I belong. If accepted into your institution I will make the most of the opportunities given to me and pursue a career as a fashion stylist after graduation. Fashion is a unique way in which I would like to affect people. I want them to feel the same joys that fashion has enabled me to feel. It is my goal to be a crucial element in the way people look and feel about themselves. Fashion is bigger than an image, it is a cultural advancement. Fashion,although thought to be superficial, isn't , or at the very least shouldn't be. It is a reflection of the etiquette , soul, and creativity of people. For some, like me, it is a reflection of their dreams and experiences. It is truly an inspiration.