Fashion internship suits Cary native

CORRESPONDENTJanuary 3, 2011 

Scoring an internship with a major fashion designer such as Betsey Johnson doesn't happen for just any student. Luckily, Cary native and LIM College sophomore Becky Fitzmorris isn't just any student. The Green Hope High School graduate, who's majoring in marketing at the New York fashion business college, used her skills to land an internship with the quirky designer. So far, it's been an exciting experience.

"It was definitely intimidating at first, but everyone has made me feel very welcome, so I am pretty comfortable now - at least when Betsey isn't around," Fitzmorris says. "I am still pretty intimidated by her, being the fashion icon that she is."

Though working with a legend can be a bit intimidating, Fitzmorris has found her coworkers to be surprisingly open and friendly.

"My department really values any input that I may have, and I feel very involved in the day-to-day tasks," she says. "Also, everyone is very nice, which I have found to be very rare in the fashion industry."

In her position with the company's e-commerce department, Fitzmorris interacts with Johnson's fans by answering questions and posting on the designer's Facebook and Twitter pages. She also works on the designer's website. The experience has taught her more about the fashion industry, as well as her own career goals.

"Through this internship, I have developed a new interest in social media and e-commerce," she says. "I am hoping to take classes and/or another internship in this area, and I would definitely consider it as a career choice in the future."

Giving back with style

At Ease boutiques in Raleigh and Cary are offering customers a chance to help victims of domestic violence, while enjoying savings, as well.

When shoppers donate gently used women's clothing, they'll receive 50 percent off their entire purchase. The clothing will benefit the N.C. Association of Domestic Violence Outreach Stores, which support domestic violence programs throughout the state, and provide community outreach opportunities.

At Ease boutiques are in:

Sutton Square Shopping Center

6325 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 790-1812.

The Shoppes on the Parkway

3659 SW Cary Parkway, Cary. 462-1190

He'll make you over

For fans of TLC's "What Not to Wear," getting a million-dollar makeover from stylist Clinton Kelly would be the ultimate experience. That's just what the winner of Macy's Million Dollar Makeover contest will receive - a million dollars worth of products, services and a personal makeover from Kelly.

Through Jan. 31, entrants can get access to the contest application by "liking" Macy's on Facebook. Entrants must also submit a video or photo. Eight winners will be selected to receive makeovers from Kelly and then compete for the million-dollar grand prize. To enter, visit

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