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Jessie Della Femina Interview

Jessie Della Femina Interview - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
( Rating: 1 Star Rating)

Wouldnt it be cool if, at 15, instead of worrying about keeping up with fashion trends you were creating them? Thats exactly what Jessie Della Femina is doing - and shes helping charity too.

Wouldn't it be cool if, as a teenager, instead of worrying about keeping up with fashion trends you were creating them? Well, that's exactly what Jessie Della Femina is doing. Not only is she designing her own, cool and popular clothes - she's helping out charity in the process.

How It Began

It started a couple years ago when Jessie made a funky top out of a hankerchief for her sister. Now this teen has her own line of clothing - everything from tops to pants - and they are selling quicker than Avril Lavigne concert tickets. Jessie thinks up all the designs herself but has help with sewing. She works from her parents basement.

The Clothes

What are you likely to find in a Della Femina design? Well, Jessie is big on color - bright ones, too, like orange and purple. She also likes details, simple beading or glittery touches which add an exotic flare. Henri Bendel, one of the biggest and classiest department stores in New York City sells Della Femina and it's been a huge success. Jessie is still shy about her talent and success, and on a trip to the department store with the CBS Early Show she didn't want to talk to the sales clerk. "When I came here I was too embarassed to ask where it (her clothing line) was. You know, ask for my name," Jessie laughs. "So I have been looking around for the last 20 minutes."

Jessie says she was lucky because she had some fashion industry contacts through her parents - an advertising executive and a journalist. But she says it's been a bit tough because she's only a teen and some people laugh at that. "I wish I was older," Jessie says.

Eventually Jessie is going to go to college but for now she's a full-time fashion diva. What's a girl to do with all that cash from top-selling designs? One of Jessie's good friends has diabetes so Jessie donates a big chunk of her hard-earned cash to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

1For more on Juvenile Diabetes, click here.

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    What's Jessie's Dream Job?

    • Fashion designer in Paris.
    • To own her own boutique in New York.
    • New York City Police Commissioner.
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    SnowAngel15
    SnowAngel15 posted in Friends:
    Monday-Friday, I have to deal with this girl, now none of you know me, so you can't really say I don't do this, but I'll just say it anyway, I don't like being mean, and I HATE talking bad about people I rarely ever do it, but this is just something I can't even fathom. Two of my best friends just got hurt because of her. You'd think that being in an ONLINE SCHOOL this would never happen but it did and it did not go well. I'm a straight A student, I'm a sophomore and I take both 10th grade and 11th grade courses, I'm also doing Advanced Honors and next year I hope to be able to do college courses AND high school courses, anyway. This girl joined our school last year she acts cool like she does all this stuff and every guy falls for it but I've thrown little tests here and there and she's even admitted to me that most of the things she claims to do are lies. She always bullies my friends and I get involved but then my other classmates try to say "You're being mean to her leave her alone!" I of course don't care if she's mean to me but my friends are off limits. So then she starts asking me for help with her school because  I help other students in my free time she was refusing to listen and didn't do well on the quiz and she tells me "I THOUGHT you were supposed to help!?" So she kept asking me for help now I love my teachers and respect them she asked one of them to come into the room because she refused to listen to me, and I was polite and nice like usual and she said "You sure do like your teachers." I called her on it and she was shocked I did. Then I was helping two of my best friends. They are friends with her but I don't get involved, now this girl let's call her Maggie likes the guy let's call him John. John liked her and told me to tell Maggie and I did they were about to get together when this girl the bully begged him to date her instead. He said yes, now this bully has a new boyfriend every other week, and he started being mean to Maggie after he started dating the bully. She just dumped him when he tried to come back into Maggie's life I started snapping him out and being very crude towards him. Is what I did right?
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    vwala_12
    vwala_12 posted in Family Issues:
    They mean what does there family think about them
    reply about 23 hours
    vwala_12
    vwala_12 posted in Family Issues:
    I think you come out great even though I don’t have any you do you and people will love your personali
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    NightSpoon
    Okay lots of fandoms out there going up to these forum posts above but, tell your family plenty of nice things out there with the fandom you're in. If they don't like it, its their lost. Their opinion is their lost woopdedoo. But if they're all disgusted and trying to force you to """""live like a normal being"""""(Realize everyone's different and I doubt this would happen), dont mind to them. You be you. Whatever makes you happy and joyful about something.
    reply about 23 hours
    catsarecute334
    catsarecute334 posted in Friends:
    tell your mom! Trust me I know. There was this one time I downloaded Roblox on my mom's computer. Once she found out, she got SUPER mad at me and banned me from downloading anything without her permission. A few months later, I asked if I could download Roblox again and she said yes. Totally tell your mom it is not worth it to keep a secret, especially from parents.
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