At age 35, Eva Chen is something of a one-woman wonder with a cult following. The former editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine, who recently announced her imminent departure, is at the top of her game and only climbing higher.
With nearly 400,000 Twitter followers and an Instagram tag named in her honor (#EvaChenPose), the new mom and successful media mogul made a name rising through the ranks at titles like Elle and Teen Vogue. She's become a style icon to thousands of aspiring fashionistas, sharing her favorite products and funniest moments candidly.
Earlier this week, the native New Yorker and first generation American sat down to talk with a lucky (get it?) few of Polyvore's most prominent community members at Dolce Vita's New York City showroom.
Sharing her winding path to journalism – Chen's was a pre-med student and a paralegal before landing Lucky – and her deep commitment to trend hunting, the editor-in-chief dispensed a few choice words of wisdom from her own life.
On finally finding a career path after trying out a few others:
On staying focused on the end goal:
On making the most out of your current job situation:
On lessons learned from getting her “big break” through an old internship connection:
Regarding the luck aspect of the media industry:
About the importance of saying "yes":
Why social media is so important to professionals:
On briefly moving from New York to Los Angeles:
Advice about starting a blog in the post-blogger age:
What to tell interviewers who ask why your resumé seems to wander across different job fields:
Editor's note: The quotes in this article made by Eva Chen were condensed for clarity and fluidity.