Business Management Grad Featured on the Cover of Prestige Magazine
Indonesia-based social media personality Jean Claudia, who has degrees in Business Management and Merchandising & Marketing from FIDM, is featured on the cover of Prestige magazine, which covers Asia's influential movers and shakers. Currently a Content Strategist for the fashion e-commerce company Bobobobo, the 2017 graduate is also developing an eco-conscious resort, Eskape, in Bali, Indonesia.
The 25-year-old influencer modeled looks from Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Valentino, Fendi, and Off-White, among other designers, for the magazine. She told writer Ajeng G. Anindita that she chose to study at FIDM because of an iconic film. "When I was a kid, I wanted to work in fashion - hence the education at FIDM. But it all started because of one movie, The Devil Wears Prada," she said. "I was obsessed with that movie! Seeing the movie, I came to the realization that I wanted to pursue fashion as a career." Since she couldn't draw, Jean opted to focus on the business side of fashion, which prepared her for her new role as an entrepreneur.
"You may start off somewhere, but you will never know where life takes you," she told Prestige. "So my advice is to open your heart and mind to any possibilities and chance that life may offer you." After living in the U.S. for more than six years, she discovered Nusa Penida, an island located southeast of Bali, where she and a group of friends got inspired to develop Eskape, a sustainable resort that would provide jobs to people on the island and provide guests memorable travel experiences.
Expected to be completed by the end of 2019, Eskape will feature Balinese architecture and unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean. Since Bali has banned plastics, Jean and her team will employ a zero plastics policy around the resort. A portion of Eskape's sales will go toward island conservation efforts. "I think a lack of public awareness is what limits the understanding of how important it is to be environmentally conscious," she added. "We want to focus our contribution where it's heavily at stake and needed, especially in Bali and surrounding islands in which marine lives are a lot more affected."
Keep up with Jean Claudia on Instagram @jeanclaudia.