International Students

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  • Feb

    Just Accepted Beauty Student Has 7,000 Followers on Makeup-Focused Instagram

    Name: Sofia Aldana

    Age: 17

    Hometown: Barranquilla, Colombia

    FIDM Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing

    FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2016

    Admissions Advisor: Seung Kim 

    How did your advisor help with the process? Seung was very helpful and helped out with any questions I had and was always super nice. I felt really comfortable asking her about the process and all the questions I had about FIDM. She helped me schedule a tour and met with my parents to answer doubts. She was absolutely the best. 

    Tell us a bit about yourself. My hobbies are defined by my passions. Trying out new makeup products, writing blogs for companies who contact me, create affiliations with local makeup brands, etc. I also love picking out different projects (redoing my room for example) and pouring my mind into them until accomplished. I am constantly creating new makeup looks for my Instagram account as well. 

    How did you build such a strong social media following? I have always loved interacting with others, which has created a strong relationship with my followers. I love helping them with all their questions and requests. Since I started a small hometown business doing makeup application, I have made many friends through my Instagram as well. Instead of focusing on growing as an Instagram account, I focus on having a strong and honest relationship with my followers.

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My self-made home business where girls of all ages trust me with their makeup application. It has opened many doors; I have collaborated with lots of brands and created many affiliations because of it.

    Describe your entrance project. I created the empower palette having in mind women who love makeup the same way I do. I believe makeup is an art, and an easy tool to create your own confidence. It is a neutral everyday palette that you can play around with for any event. Either you have a long day at the office, a cute date, or class all day.

    What are your career goals? I envision a career filled with accomplishments and success. I am very ambitious and I like to be on top of trends. Makeup is a big part of my life and I have fallen in love with the industry itself. I want to be a successful business woman with her own glamorous makeup line (with a strong social media following, of course). 

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to develop more practice in the "game" and learn about beauty trends, marketing, product development, and more. I definitely see FIDM as the perfect first step to reach my goals and learn all I need to know to conquer them. 


    Categories: FIDM, Admissions, Beauty, International

  • Nov

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Hails From Durban, South Africa

    Name: Alexia Vaden Age: 18 Hometown: Durban, South Africa Current School/Work: I'm a senior at Corona del Mar High School. I've been working at Hobie Surf Shop in Corona del Mar for two years. FIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start … Read More

  • Jun

    Brand New MPD Grad Is Design and Trend Researcher at Avery Dennison

    Recent Merchandise Product Development Graduate Radhika Parsana, who previously studied biotechnology in India, already has a job as a design and trend researcher at Avery Dennison, a global leader in pressure-sensitive label technology serving the global ma … Read More

  • Jun

    Just Accepted MPD Student Studied Fashion in Singapore Prior to Moving to the U.S.

    Name: Aijing Wu Age: 25 Hometown: Guangzhou, China Previous College: LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, October 2015 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor … Read More

  • Jun

    Just Accepted International Student Dreamed of Studying Visual Communications at FIDM

    Name: Florencia Dabney Age: 21 Hometown: Cancun, Mexico Previous College: Irvine Valley College FIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start Date: L.A. Fall 2015 Admissions Advisor: Kathi Gilbert How did your advisor help with the process? … Read More

  • Jun

    Just Accepted International Student is Excited to Attend His Dream School This Summer

    Name: Rodrigo Navarrete Age: 27 Hometown: San Miguel, El Salvador Previous College: Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) FIDM Major: Fashion Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles Campus, Summer 2015 Admissions Adv … Read More

  • May

    Just Accepted MPD Student From Shanghai, China Comes From a Fashion Family

    Name: Yoomi Ren Age: 18 Hometown: Shanghai, China FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, July 2016 Admissions Advisor: Seung Kim How did your advisor help with the process? I would never have achieved my su … Read More

  • Apr

    Miranda Mazuki Launches Ready-to-Wear Line in Jakarta, Indonesia

    The Jakarta Post has a profile of Miranda Mazuki, a 2012 Graduate who just launched her first ready-to-wear line, Mazuki, in Jakarta. While at FIDM, Miranda assisted in the visual department of Yves Saint Laurent in Beverly Hills and after graduation, she mo … Read More

  • Mar

    Grad Designs Womenswear in Shanghai, China After Working For Lanvin and Kenzo

    Debut grad Richard Tzu Fang Chan has been busy since graduating from FIDM in 2008. He worked in Paris as an assistant designer at Lanvin and Kenzo before moving to Shanghai, China where he is now at Meters/Bonwe, China's largest retail group. "It's a challen … Read More

  • Mar

    How Do You Empower Women Through Fashion? This Student Is Determined to Do It!

    Name: Maria-Adelina Eftenoiu Age: 27 Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA Previous College: The Academy of Economic Studies – Bucharest, Romania FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA Campus, Summer 2015 Admissions Adv … Read More