Zoey's Teen Vogue Internship Makes For Some Exceptionally Memorable Looks On Black-ish
But...Bow didn't go out in that romper, did she?
The necessity of Zoey's getting a hand up toward an internship in order to bolster her chances at college acceptance -- and Dre's epiphany about the system that lets white people perpetuate their own dominance -- finds Dre revising his longtime opposition to nepotism and helping Zoey. Unfortunately for Bow, who's just hooked Zoey up with an internship at her hospital, Dre marches in to steal her thunder by telling Zoey she's got an opportunity to intern at Teen Vogue. As you might expect, the gig finds the already styling Zoey stepping up her fashion game -- unlike Junior, whose new job at Pizza Possum -- "the premier kids' arcade, playland, and possum-themed eatery" -- puts him in a distasteful uniform that is, alas, far from the most distasteful aspect of his experience. Let's take a stroll through the episode's most important looks!
As Dre sets up the theme of the episode by remembering how hard he had to hustle to get his own job without having any connections, we get to see some of his sweet '90s-era fashion sense. (If anyone has a source on the hoodie, I would wear it today, tbh.)
Here's Junior in his "ill-fitting" (tm Johan) uniform vest, accessorized with a key to the ticket machines that he thinks is way too important, given that his manager tells him if he loses it he can just open the locks with his fingernail instead.
Diane's sweater is pretty cute, but it's missing something: it would look even better if Junior would hook her up with more tokens that she could exchange for a Pizza Possum prize like brass knuckles.
I personally would be worried that these boots' glitter would rub off on the couch, but we all know Diane just wants to see the world burn. (And, also, is a kid, and doesn't care about upholstery.)
Everyone gives Bow shit about wearing this romper out, and you know what? They're right. It's awful. (Also, is she even still pregnant? At one point in the episode she refers to being the mother of four children without mentioning the fifth on the way. Not that I'm complaining: if the show wants to pretend she never got pregnant, I'm more than fine with it. And they should get rid of the twins while they're at it.)
Later in the episode, we learn that Zoey has successfully pitched a photo concept at Teen Vogue that recreates Anna Wintour's first Vogue, but if she's interested in vintage fashion, she should talk to Charlie -- who, being "between thirty-nine and seventy-two" years old, has lived a lot of history!
I can tell I'm old because Zoey's outfit for her first day at Teen Vogue looks almost as weird as anything our titular heroine ever wore on Ugly Betty...
...but the safety pin hair embellishments are fun!
I guess I admire Bow's commitment to turning it out even when she's just hanging out at home, given that she wears boring scrubs at work all day. I am always just a heartbeat away from stocking my own home wardrobe with a selection of scrubs, but I also wouldn't mind a source on this adorable skirt to wear on the occasions that I do leave my house and interact with other humans (rare though they may be).
Dre makes the mistake of storming into the offices of (real) Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth to complain about Zoey getting promotions because of her connection to him, and while Zoey can't feel great about overhearing him shit-talk her, she's got to be confident as hell in her low-key b-girl look.
Dre eventually accepts Elaine's assurance that Zoey is getting ahead because she's a fashion "star," but if he'd had doubts, her hot-ass ombre braids should dispel them. And since she's already got her dream job...maybe college is beside the point anyway.