Name: Audrey R.
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Audrey wears a Banana Republic seersucker dress.
Why did you decide to study journalism? My parents brought it up because they used to call me “the broadcaster” because I talk pretty loud. I was actually a bio major because I’m really into health. So I took journalism classes and started getting As in my writing classes, and it just felt like a fit. I joined Duck TV News as a freshman spring term, and the professor who runs it actually met me in an elevator before she knew I was in the program. She said, “You should be a reporter.” I said, “I’m actually on Duck TV News.”
How would you describe your personal style? I like to be very classy. I pick up on the East Coast and the Southeast a lot. I like the floral prints and some more of the stuff that you see in the South, like seersucker like this dress. But I went over to the East Coast last fall and bought some dresses in some boutiques in New Hampshire. I really loved seeing how they do a lot more linens. The focus is really on simple and classic instead of having a lot going on. So I’ve been picking up on that a little more. But with the jewelry, I’m trying to push myself to wear more because I’m very much just a pearl earrings kind of girl. While I was anchoring, I thought, “Oh I’ll throw on a bracelet to add a little bit more.”
Do you think you stand out from the Pacific Northwest style? Yeah I do. I still wear Birkenstocks, but they’re pink. I wear rompers and kind of bohemian stuff to be more casual. But I definitely stand out. I’ve had people point it out to me. I met someone from New York, and he said, “Oh my goodness you do not look like you are from Oregon at all. You look like the girls from home.” I said, “Yeah I guess I don’t really dress like that.” I love heels, so back before I was doing reporting, I would always buy them every chance I got, and then never get to wear them.
Her cute heeled sandals are from Dolce Vita. Her Bandaids are for blisters caused by too many hours out reporting.
Has your style been affected by being a broadcaster? We have to dress conservatively because you want it to be about the story and not about your body. But you also want to look professional and have it not be baggy. So I learned a lot from anchors and reporters that I’ve worked with. I started shopping more at like Banana Republic and places where I can get these classic items that I can wear to work all the time without them falling apart.
How does your personal style still come through? My style still comes through because I’m very girly. I really am. I always am trying to wear a skirt or dress if I can. I avoid pants. I wear them sometimes still, but if I do, I try to add something like a heel. I think the Southeast and East Coast vibe has probably affected the types of dresses I choose, like the length and the fit.
This statement bracelet is from Ann Taylor Loft.
Who are some of your style inspirations? Reese Witherspoon. She actually started this clothing line recently. I’m in love with it. I can’t afford it yet. But she uses a lot of magnolia and a lot of these kinds of shapes of dresses. She is into simple makeup, small earrings and having her hair just nicely put together. Not too much. Then she wears just nice dresses and skirts. It’s kind of a 1950s vibe almost with the big floral skirts, which I think I would like to try at some point. Another one would be the character Rachel Green on “Friends.” So when I’m doing more of my casual style, I love her crop tops with her high waisted things. I don’t like to show too much of my stomach just because I feel self-conscious, but she always pulls it off and just kind of adds a little personality to it. So I kind of feel as long as your personality shines through, you can pretty much wear anything.
Do you think because you dress girly, people don’t always take you as seriously in the newsroom? The only time I’ve experienced that was when I was put into sports for a few days. Athletes wouldn’t listen to my questions. All they would do was comment on my coworker and me. They asked us out. They weren’t students. They were professional athletes. It was flattering at first, but then it started to be too much because I was wearing a pencil skill that wasn’t tight down to my knees and a sweater. And it still felt like they weren’t taking me seriously, and that impacted me. It made me not want to go into sports as much even though I like it. But otherwise, no one really (has done anything). Our teachers will tell us not to wear too much tight clothing, so I really try to make sure it’s long enough and stuff. I can’t control other people, but I still want to come off as professional.
What is your dream job? I would love to actually anchor in Nashville because I’m a country music fan. I would get to be there for all of the music festivals and be a part of a lot of the stories that go on with all of those people. Just for me, the idea of every weekend being able to see live jazz and blues and country is super exciting, and it’s a nice sized market. It’s a little below Portland. You’re living more comfortably. But I’m so excited to begin reporting in Bend. So excited. And right now, it feels like a dream job to me because I’m just so ready to get to go out and report every day.
What’s your favorite country song right now? I like “Humble and Kind” by Tim Mcgraw right now.
Her earrings were a gift from her dad to her mom.
Can you tell me about your new job? I got hired at news channel 21, KTVZ, in Bend, and I’m going to start around June/July. I’m going to be an anchor/reporter/producer. After three internships, I feel ready. I’ll come in and do those hard hours. I had to learn how to do my makeup for camera last summer, and that was interesting, and that has definitely impacted my style because I buy fewer creams and oranges because I’ve learned they don’t really work, even though I like them. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m so excited. The team is really supportive. They have really pushed for my career. Most of them are only a year or two older than me, so I get to be part of a group that feels like friends.
Can you talk about broadcast makeup? So an anchor told me, “I use nice makeup because my face breaks out.” I said, “Ok” because my skin breaks out really easy. But she said, “When you start coming here and anchoring, make sure that you don’t buy all of the stuff from Nordstrom’s and Macy’s because you go through so much.” I hate the term cake on, but you’re caking it on or else you don’t look normal. Your face loses dimensions. I had never contoured before, but I have to do a little more of that to make sure that I still have cheekbones, that I still have a nose. It’s just lots more of everything. I didn’t used to shadow in my eyebrows, but now I have to because it just didn’t look like my face was completely done. So I still do it light because I don’t want to have harsh features on my face. I want to be very soft. But it has definitely been an adjustment. I still probably wear less than I should.
Her polka dot backpack from Fred Meyer is a fun contrast to her striped dress.
What have you learned about your face from having to learn to wear so much more makeup? I’ve learned that I have more cheekbones than I thought I did and that losing the baby face is helping. I’ve learned that my eyes have handled more makeup over the years. They are getting better. I’ve really had to work with combining different colors in my eyes because I used to only do one color, but when you are on camera, again, you’re creating the depth in your eyes. I had to learn a lot more about the crease and under the eyebrow.
Do you think there is a double standard because male broadcasters don’t have to wear makeup? I think that if a guy wants to look good while reporting and anchoring, which I’ve told guys before, they need to do their makeup. They need to. It’s stage makeup, and you don’t look like you’re wearing it on camera. So if the guy feels like he doesn’t want to put on more than just some powder, then that’s fine. But it’s making him look less nice on camera. So I don’t feel discriminated against for wearing more makeup just because I know it keeps my face in place. And I think that everyone that is in the major understands that it is just a part of it. It’s not that I’m pressured, like you have to wear scarlet red lipstick every day, and you have to do your makeup super heavy. It’s more like, I’ve only been told, “Audrey maybe do a little more powder or do a little more on your eyebrows.” So it’s really up to me what I want to do with the colors and everything. I know that it’s just powder, so it doesn’t really bother me because they are trying to make me look like I do anyways. If someone told me, “You’re not pretty enough. Put on more makeup,” that would definitely affect my feelings. But I wish the visual aspect wasn’t as important for news. But at this time, people want to see you put together, whatever that means. Right now, being put together means having tailored clothing and making sure your face is put on.
Words and photos by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, @HSteinkopfFrank