Britain's Telegraph had the good sense to contract the services of Anna Wintour's daughter, Bee Shaffer, to write a brief column on the plight of today's fashion intern. The whole article is a riot, containing insights like that "the actual process of acquiring an internship has become one of the most common forms of nepotism, with parents relentlessly calling in favours [sic] from friends (I must admit to abusing a few connections myself), while hard-working, intelligent and deserving students are frequently turned away so that some eminent person's daughter can have the job." Thanks, Bee.
So far, this is all data we could have acquired from the average Conde Nast wannabe at UC Boulder. Bee, can you puh-lease pull some of those Wintour-spawn strings and shed some light on a topic hidden from the rest of us mere mortals? Of course, she can, dear readers. Of course she can. Bee obligingly dishes:
Teen actress Mary-Kate Olsen worked for the photographer Annie Leibowitz...I happen to know one of Mary-Kate's fellow interns and he informed me that she didn't know what a negative was, and that when she attended a Sarah Jessica Parker shoot, she only stayed for an hour and all she did was sit and smoke Marlboro Reds. Apparently, she not only left the photo assistants dumbfounded, but also Ms Parker, who muttered: "What the hell is an Olsen twin doing here?"
So there you go, from the mouth of Bee Shaffer herself, the totally unnecessary bashing of Mary-Kate Olsen's skills as a photography intern, with some Sarah Jessica Parker bewilderment tossed in, just in case it tasted a little bland before. This girl has a bright, bright future.