Veronica Guzman, 27
38th St at Broadway.
Mon Oct 5 2009
Photograph: Jay Muhlin
What do you do? I'm the head of knits for a junior fashion brand. I can't tell you which one because it's a celebrity line. I've been in the industry for eight years.
So do you make slutty clothes for tweens? [Laughs] I mean, no. Our age group starts at 15. We are a little forward, but not indecent. It's for a curvier girl.
Is there a divide between curve-friendly companies and the brands with stick-thin ideals? It depends on the market. This is juniors—and girls now are not stick figures. Even Forever 21, the typical stick-figure all-American brand, has a plus-size line now—this shirt is from there. Thin isn't in anymore.
Awesome! So designers like you go to Forever 21 even though they rip off runway designs? Yeah, I mean, everyone rips off the runway. You can always reinvent the wheel, tweak something [that already exists].
Eight years of recycling—you bored yet? No, to me it's an art form. I'm an artist before anything. Whether it's dressing someone or doing their face, it's art. I'll probably be doing it for a while, and I don't think I'll ever get bored of it.
How would you describe your own style? I don't think it fits in a category—unless you consider drag queen a category. [Laughs]
Oh, wait... No, no! [Laughs] I'm all female. It's just, I mean, the makeup, the hair...you know, drama! [Laughs]
More from Veronica
"I was born in El Salvador and I came here when I was one and a half. My parents were trying to find a better life. Yeah, there's a lot of pressure on me to succeed. It's a big part of my every day; if I'm excelling, I'm happy. I get an adrenaline rush."
"I'm leaving tomorrow to travel for three weeks for work. We're going to Copenhagen, London and Barcelona to shop the market—basically to see what's out there in Europe."
"I live in Jersey—I have a great view of the Hudson River. When I say I'm from Jersey, it's as if it's another continent. People are like, 'No, it's too far!' I'm like, 'Hey, it's right across the river.' My commute is shorter than most people's. New Yorkers don't get it."