Twenty Questions with Megan Stewart
Welcome To Twenty Questions!
Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.
What is your full name?
Megan Jane Stewart.
How old are you?
How old do you feel?
Where were you born, and where do you live now?
I was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Now I am living out my dream in New York City. I’m living in the smallest two-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg. From my bedroom window I have an incredible view of Manhattan’s skyline – it is rather iconic.
What do you do for work?
I have just finished a Product Development Assistant role for Edun, in preparation for their Fall 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week. Prior to this, I was a freelance Product Development Assistant at Proenza Schouler for their Fall 2018 collection at Paris Couture Fashion Week. This followed my role as an Accessory Design Intern with Proenza for the 6 months prior. I feel so incredibly lucky to have experienced this all in the past year, it has been life-changing.
What do you do for fun?
Spending time with my wonderful friends and vintage shopping, I am quite obsessed. Right now I am craving some summer warmth, as there is nothing better than lying on the beach in the middle of summer. (It has been so freezing here in NYC!)
Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?
Yes, I moved down to Wellington to study at Massey University. There I studied a joint Bachelor of Business and Design majoring in Fashion. Studying is one of the best things I have ever done. It really made me realise my passion for the fashion industry, and I met the most inspiring friends who will always be a part of my life and a source of inspiration.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
So many it is hard to choose. Today I will say ‘Dior and I’ because I have probably watched it about ten times?
What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?
100% it was moving to New York City. I came with no job, no apartment, only a few kind friends who offered me their couch to sleep on. Within a few weeks of arriving in the city I was offered my dream internship which was the beginning of the best year of my life so far.
Hardest moment of your twenties so far?
Also, moving to New York City. Don’t get me wrong, it has been incredible but NYC is not always as glamorous as people think it is. Most of the time I was working 7 days a week with my design internship Monday to Friday, and then doing my weekend job to pay the bills. During my first year in New York I really badly broke my wrist and somehow continued with this crazy work schedule, it was the most vulnerable I have ever felt. It is an entirely different experience dealing with a situation like that in a city so far away from New Zealand, without family, in a completely different health system, dealing with insurance, even just being able to get dressed or do the groceries. However, I knew it was nothing compared to what some people go through, so I just sucked it up. I had a great friend help me and now I am just that little bit stronger.
Best moment of your twenties so far?
There have been countless moments. Finishing my degree, showing a collection at New Zealand Fashion Week, all my internships and my whole year in New York. It has been the most empowering time of my life.
Who do you miss?
My Nan. She passed away in New Zealand while I have been away and I am still upset I couldn’t be there for her and my family. She was my style icon and the kindest person you would have ever met. I will miss her very, very much.
What do you like the most about yourself?
Being passionate and positive.
What do you like the least about yourself?
To be honest, the fact that I am a little bit of a commitment-phobe. It’s not too extreme, but I still haven’t figured out why I am I like this. I think I just like the feeling of being free and young with nothing to lose.
If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?
I don’t think I’d ever get a tattoo – again coming back to the commitment-phobe issue. I would also most likely want to change it within a couple of months.
How would your friends describe you?
I had no clue, so I asked my friend Chloe, “Megan is inspiring and inspired. She is loyal, beautiful (inside and out) and one of the best people you could hope to have in your life.” Chloe isn’t one to give compliments so I am blushing!
How would your parents describe you?
My dad also replied with the same description as Chloe – I was hoping for the favourite child but had to settle for favourite daughter.
When was the last time you cried?
The other week when I finally watched ‘Call Me By Your Name’. That ending got me and was very relatable to all of the silly boys and broken hearts I’ve endured in the past.
What are you afraid of?
Not achieving my dreams.
If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?
I would tell myself to stop thinking so much about what others think of you. But other than that, not too much. I have probably made some mistakes but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else or to be like anyone else.