Moda magazine editor shares what fashion means to her The Badger Herald

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Editor’s Note: People of Madison is a weekly series produced by Digital Features Associate Dylan Wijas. The series – posted online and on our social media accounts – aims to spotlight a UW-Madison student making an impact on the campus community. These questions and answers are slightly edited for clarity and style.

GABRIELLE GRONWOLD

Why did you decide to specialize in your chosen studies?


I came to UW with the intention of majoring in international studies – I wanted to work for the UN. About By the time I started school I had this little idea that maybe I should look into journalism school. I didn’t know much about it and had never been interested in the subject previously. With more exposure to classes, the more I learned that I enjoyed being creative. I like being in an environment with tangible effects on the well-being of society, and I loved the idea of endless possibilities in the field.


Sometimes I feel like a force of nature has moved me here, and I strangely found myself in a space where I can be the best part of myself – innovative, personal, logical, strategic and outspoken. I may never know what piqued interest in me, but finding the School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the best things that can happen to me.


How would you like to have an impact on your surrounding community by pursuing this Major? How do you want to impact the world?


When I choose my passions, hobbies, and goals, impact is everything to me. I have one umbrella of interests, including advertising, magazine publishing, sports communication, public relations and entrepreneurship. Within each of these interests, I envision having an impact on daily life and the emotions of others. In a fast-paced world of consumerism, the advertisements we see and the things presented to us with, from newspaper articles to sports games, have a profound impact on us that often goes unnoticed. There is so much research proving that factors like inclusive advertising and strong sports teams can improve personal and societal well-being. Hope to use abilities to promote society well-being and thrive in all possible ways.


I think sometimes it’s fun to fantasize about changing the world and doing great things like I’m sure we all will, but there is something to be said about the small impacts we can have before we define the world on fire. If I can be a good friend and a good person and do things lovingly and well intentions, I think the scale of the impact follows.

What is Moda? How did you first get involved?

Moda is the University of Wisconsin’s premier life and style publication. We cover culture, lifestyle, fashion and the arts through monthly digital issues, semi-annual print issues and a blog online. Moda is an intersectional feminist brand passionate about providing professional services development experiences for creatives on campus and provide amazing content for the campus community and beyond.


I got involved with Moda my second year in the Culture section. I regret not having joined earlier. The funny story is my best friend pointed out Moda to me at the Org Fair our freshman year and was passionate about this being a space for me. I was too intimidated to join at the time and did not join for another year. Since then I have been a contributing writer for Moda, a staff of culture writer, the editor of culture and now the editor. In my several Moda hats over the years, I have became incredibly grateful for the role he played in my life. Go from the extreme awareness of my creative abilities confidence in my leadership skills and ability to develop the team was an introspective and healing experience.


I worked really hard and devoted a lot of time to Moda, but I also sometimes think it’s fair feels innate and natural, like it’s always been meant to be in my life – something that I hope I’m lucky enough to continue to feel life and my passions.


How has the increased leadership within Moda changed your perception of
publication process?


The commonly used phrase “it takes a village” to raise a child is how I feel about Production of moda. Without writers we wouldn’t have a problem, without models we wouldn’t have a cover and without creatives, we would not have the visual identity. Sometimes I watch Moda’s working in awe, feeling like I’m still such a small part of it, but I sit down and realize how collective work that we do to animate the work of each other!


Selfishly, I’ve been on the writing side for so long that have my toe on the creative side got me feel like a kid in a candy store. It’s so much fun to think of creative visual ideas that test the waters and create a fashion hub at a Big Ten school! We’re in the middle of the Midwest, but our team packs a punch when it comes to being a lifestyle and style brand!


The way I look at it is it’s the only time I work with so many geniuses creative people who actively volunteer their time. It shocks me how many people come to do working for Moda when it’s work and the only real paycheck is the satisfaction of our end product and the beautiful relationships that result from taking on challenges and finding creative solutions. Although we are only at the beginning of our career, for me Moda is a unique opportunity to work with passionate people – so passionate that most of them come and ask me for more work and responsibilities. The Moda team makes me feel like a lucky leader.


What’s your best fashion tip?


Start complimenting people. Start with one compliment per week on appearance, hair, accessories or outfits, then slowly start adding more. It’s better to do this to people you don’t like know, so it can sometimes be difficult. The more open love you show to others, the more you will start show love for yourself. I also think it takes trust to compliment someone you don’t like know, and the more you trust yourself, the better you look, baby!


I also like inconvenient pieces and prints. They are so much more practical than you might think, especially when you stop taking yourself seriously. My favorite items that I own are a pair of crocodile platform boots and a checked printed trench coat. They make me feel like myself.


Do you have any healthy fashion stories when you were younger?


Growing up, I dressed from time to time. I would have a vision. I remember once wearing a pink wig in school. I also remember removing all my bedding from my bed and wrapping myself in it and walk around the house pretending I was wearing a taffeta dress on a red carpet. me too remember my mom let me dress myself and said, “you can wear this, but you can’t wear it again. “My best fashion advice is to embody that energy. To wear something so daring, original and although even your mother’s disapproval cannot deter you.


I have to say my mom is pretty good at fashion, and while she didn’t approve of all my looks, she appreciated my fashion advice. When I was about five, she got a new job and we went buy new work clothes. I remember helping pick out a hot pink blazer and mini skirt with matching blue, pink and yellow polka dots. I also remember helping pick out a zebra blazer. They were quite fancy and tasteful, but she got rid of them and I’m sad about it to this day because I would wear them now. Today, I am very proud of my mother who wears these items. She’s pretty cool, and I hope to follow in her footsteps and wear some hot pink and zebra blazers for work one day.


Who inspires you or is your role model (personal / famous / historical)? Why?

Whenever I asked myself this question, I never knew how to answer it because I never really knew. Recently I realized it was my mother. I think she’s pretty good at life, and life is pretty tough. She is very nice. She cries in commercials, and she also feels a little pain of sympathy in her knees when she sees people fall or hurt themselves in public. He’s a good person. One of my favorite things about her is her ability to grow taller. She saw me grow old, but I also saw her grow old. I’ve noticed that as she gets older, she cares less about what people think about her, cares more about valuing herself and her needs, expresses herself more and listens to herself more. She has always been a great, generous and kind person, but her ability to grow and change without even realizing it sometimes is why I admire her.


What would you have liked to know from your first year / advice to your first year self?


Calm down, but don’t either. The growing pains are hard, but the only way out is to cross. I think so, sometimes things seem really big, and they weren’t that big, and I wish I could relax and flowed through it. But I wouldn’t know now if I hadn’t been in control and worried.


To any freshman who’s worried now, do your thing. Wake up, do things that make you happy, feel passion, go through the things you don’t like and learn what kind of people you do not like. Cross it and you will find yourself where you need to be. I know it’s cheesy, and it’s ignores some of the real and bad shit that happens. Also just practice a few self-awareness and everything will be fine.


If you really don’t know where to go, come to Moda, and I will welcome you with open arms.


How do you think COVID-19 has changed individual fashion expression?


I think COVID-19 either made people relax and chill out in their clothes or made them indulge themselves each outing like a parade. I think there is also a happy medium. I think of these two the results are truly wonderful and show people are coming to themselves.


Finding your space in the world and the clothes you love to wear in that space is really to come back to oneself. I hope that through all we have learned to come back to ourselves.


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