Fashion forward

Posted on November 30th in Feature Story

Burns High School junior Sheyanne Root made a dream come true when she was

Sheyanne Root poses for a photo outside a limo during her trip to New York City to attend the Teen Vogue Fashion University. (Submitted photo.)

accepted to attend the Teen Vogue Fashion University in the Big Apple.

By Tammy Downs
Burns Times-Herald

Sheyanne Root is a junior at Burns High School, and has been interested in fashion design since she was 13.

She said she loved reading Teen Vogue Fashion design magazines, and each year she read about a contest that offers a chance to attend a seminar at Teen Vogue Fashion University in New York.

Root dreamed that some day she would be able to go to New York and attend this University. This last year she entered three fashions  she had designed, answered the essay questions and sent it in.

She said she had forgotten about entering for awhile, and didn’t check her junk emails very often. One day she checked them and there was an email saying she had been chosen as a winner.

Root said there were between 2,000 and 3,000 people from around the world, ages 16 to 24, who had applied, and only 200 new applicants were chosen.

On Oct. 21, Root got to make one of her dreams come true, when she, her mom, her aunt and her mom’s best friend all flew to New York.

To begin her week, Root said she went to a kick-off party event, which was held at an H&M Store (a high-end fashion store). She said the kick-off party had music, DJs, discounts and a photo event.

The next day, Root went to the Hudson Theater to register for the event and  received a lace sports bag full of gifts from her sponsors, as well as a signed letter from the editor of Teen Vogue. She was very excited to see that the keynote speaker for the kick-off was Michael Kors, one of her favorite designers.

The next day she started  her classes at the Conde Nast. Her first class was with ABC Family, talking with the star of a show which will begin airing in January, called Jane by Design. She also met the actress and her stylist.

She also heard from the  Beauty Editor from Teen Vogue, and participated in a makeup class from Make Up For Ever with Jessie Powers. She said their were about 30 people in each class, and all together 500 people were attending the university.

There were a lot of classes to choose from and Root really wanted to attend a class with her favorite designer, Betsey Johnson, but the class was full and Root said it turned out Johnson had a class next door to one of Root’s classes, so she did get to see her.

Root was in New York for five days and said the majority of the time she was by herself, and she loved it. New York does not scare her and this was her second time in the city.

Root received a Teen Vogue Fashion University diploma at the end of her classes. She plans to apply and go back next year, as students can keep attending this university until they are 24. She said she loved her experience on the trip, and made two new really good friends — one from Polland and one from New Jersey.

After graduating from high school, Root plans to attend Brigham Young University,  for her pre-requisite classes, and then she would love to attend Parsons New School For Design in New York and become a fashion designer or marketing merchandiser.


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