Future Fashion Designer
VJ Thomas had always been drawn to the Middle East.
So when it came time to choose a junior year internship, she looked towards the United Arab Emirates.
With the help of the Penny Fox Internship Fellowship, Thomas, a fashion major, was able to travel to the city of Sharjah, near Dubai, for the summer and work as an intern for Aiisha Ramadan, a local designer.
I’ve been inspired by the Middle East since high school -- the art, the people and the culture,” Thomas said. “When it came time to research internships, I looked to the UAE first because I knew how much it was advancing in fashion and art. I definitely wanted to go over there and work closely with a designer. I found out about Aiisha, connected to her aesthetic and wanted to work for her.”
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