Students of the Future: Jennieah Thompson

This is the 7th in a series of articles covering extraordinary CFHS students and what they plan to do in the future. In this article we will be covering sophomore Jennieah Thompson who wants to be a fashion illustrator. As a fashion illustrator he will help draw and design clothes for clients and or fashion designers. Here is more about him and his plans. 

Thompson after graduation hopes to go to UNI (The University of Northern Iowa) and then maybe even transfer to the FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York City. At these schools he wants to major in textiles and also take some classes in business. Currently at the high school he is taking fashion merchandising and plans to continue taking it his following year as a junior. Thompson on the side has also been drawing clothes to help build his technique and skills as a future fashion illustrator.  

“It’s interesting because it’s kind of hard in a way. Not a lot of people know about the profession, and I also barely knew what a fashion illustrator was,” Thompson said, “You also need to know how to do a lot of different things as you need to illustrate clothes, and you have to study them a bit.” 

Thompson said he wants to be able to make clothes for everyone, and often he finds things such as alternative clothing hard to find except for a select few places. He wants to change that. Thompson himself also struggles with clothes as he finds many to be uncomfortable. He wants to make sure people feel comfortable and beautiful in their clothing, no matter what they decide to wear. 

Ten years from now Thompson hopes to work for a company to design clothes or maybe even sometime in the future create their own website and clothing brand. For daring dreamers, Thompson said, “Go ahead and try. Do a bunch of research if you can, even out of school. Look at what college will be like. Look at what classes you’ll take. Look at YouTubers who are invested in that field. Do a bunch of research when planning what you want to do.”

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