90210 star Shenae Grimes is spending her summer doing something very normal for a 21-year-old: She's got a six-week unpaid internship. Everything else about the internship is not so normal, though. For starters, it's at Teen Vogue, and Grimes got it with the help of her publicist, she told us at last night's Gen Art Film Festival. "I was sick of L.A., so I wanted to come to New York. I found [editor-in-chief] Amy Astley’s contact through my publicist, and I e-mailed her," she said. "I'm a little audacious."
Since Grimes isn't in school and therefore can't be compensated with class credit, she's not technically an intern. "I’m shadowing everybody," she explained. What are her actual duties? "No fetching coffee or photocopying, which is what I thought would happen," she said. "My editor is Andrew Bevan, who’s a dear friend of mine, and I attend a lot of pulls with [fashion market editor] Mary Kate Steinmiller. We pull clothes for shoots and stuff like that. It’s a lot of closet work, so I’m doing returns and check-ins. Oh, and I’m blogging for the website as well." Have there been any funny intersections with her regular job as an actress? "I’ve got the cover shoot for Lily Collins coming up, which is hysterical, because she’s a great friend of mine. She was on 90210 once. I want to write a note, 'FYI, I spent four hours organizing this [shoot] for you!' I should, I really should. I'll text her that day."
Fashion is actually Grimes's first love: She interned at Fashion Television Canada before her 90210 gig. "It’s really my roots, and I want to learn more about the fashion industry," she said. "I prefer being behind the camera and watching the glamorous world." Really? "You can tell by the bun on my head!" she said, pointing to her hairdo. "I don't want to have to look cute!"