#MondayMentors: Fashion Television's Jeanne Beker
Photo: Jeanne Beker with fashion legend and dear friend Jason Wu, @thejeannebeker
#mondaymentors – Jeanne Beker
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some legendary people in fashion (largely credited to you guys – for listening to this show)! However, there’s one guest I would DIE to have. Honestly, if I had her on my podcast, my childhood self would probably not believe it / faint / feel like I’ve made it in fashion and no longer have to try.
When I reveal this to my friends, however, none of them seem to know what a total legend she is.
Jeanne Beker is a Canadian fashion entrepreneur, author, TV personality, editor, and all-around queen. She has interviewed all the fashion industry legends you can think of (such as Karl Lagerfeld), and she has built a reputation as ‘Canada’s First Lady of Fashion.’ She has written 5 books, won countless awards (such as The Order of Canada for her contribution to Canadian fashion, Canadian screen achievement award) – you get the idea.
While she is most-well known for hosting and producing Fashion Television for 20+ years (one of the only Canadian television shows to be syndicated in over 27 countries and on networks like E!, VH1 and Style), she also has an incredible career history that also can’t be missed.
After studying Theatre at York University and Mime in Paris, she got her start in radio – creating lifestyle content for 1050 CHUM FM in Toronto and doing hosting gigs for Entertainment Tonight Canada, and Much Music (and 100+ other things), she quickly became an iconic fixture in Canadian media.
While Fashion Television is no longer (I want to bring it back – somehow), Jeanne now writes for various Canadian publications and serves as Style Editor for The Shopping Channel.
From Jeanne’s story, I’ve learned:
1. Acting experience is more helpful than you think - she studied theatre, and it appears to have paid off in building her presence on-screen. Additionally, her passion and expressiveness were always what drew me to her reporting style, which celebrity stylist Brad Goreski deems akin to “reporting from the front-lines of battle.”
2. Just because you start in one niche (radio), doesn’t mean you can’t try other things too – Jeanne was THE multihyphenate before Emma Gannon and everyone else claimed to invent the term. The key, for Jeanne, was to build her reputation in one niche before expanding. Because she has been strategic in her own growth, she has been able to maintain a successful and intriguing career for a very long time.
3. When you gain success, support your home - I love the idea of supporting the next generation, especially kids with similar dreams who grew up where you did. For me, I want to help build Canada into the creative destination that it truly is (that’s a topic for another day).
Thank you all for reading! I would love to know — have you been following Jeanne Beker? Which Canadian icons in media inspire you? Be sure to let me know on Instagram, @fashionoriginatorspodcast , and I’ll see you all next week!
Just in case you missed it, here’s the latest episode of Fashion Originators with @wyl_store…