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Hello! My name is Parker Paige Blackburn, I am a Mass Communications major and a Fashion Merchandising minor specializing in creative direction, visual communication, journalism, and public relations at the University of South Carolina, that recently graduated in May 2022. 

Ever since I was in the seventh grade, I have known that I wanted to work in the fashion industry. It was that school year when twelve-year-old Parker made a pact with herself that she would not repeat an outfit in 2012. I would take the same few pieces of clothing and see how many combinations I could come up with, making every day a new challenge. I would wear garments upside down, inside out, and even backwards. Not to mention I spent my free time playing London Tipton’s Suite Styler, Hannah Montana’s rock star challenge and watching hours of early influencer era YouTube videos. I did not know it at the time, but I was planting seeds in my garden full of inspirations, goals, and future opportunities that would lead me to my dream job, fashion styling.

I served as the former Style Director for the Garnet & Black Magazine, University of South Carolina's student-led bi-annual publication under Garnet Media Group. During my time as Style Director, our style team grew from a team of four to fourteen stylists, in which we manage fashion and style editorial content for each print edition and online-exclusive features. This includes curating shoot concepts and themes, networking with local retailers and artists to pull clothing and accessories, finding and managing models and talent, as well as working with the creative director, art director, and photo editor to plan and coordinate our style shoots on a bi-weekly production schedule.