Advice for the young and aspiring in the fashion industry:

You’ll be led like a sheep to slaughter if you follow the crowd. You need to march to the beat of your own drum. People in positions of power and influence will want to corrupt you and turn you into someone or something you are not, have never been and would never otherwise be.

Stick to your guns. If you “make it,” you’ll have done so with the satisfaction of knowing that you stayed true to yourself throughout your journey and did it your way. If you fall short, you’ll be able to move on with your dignity intact.