Internationally renowned fashion illustrator Megan Hess sprung to stardom after illustrating the cover of New York Times bestseller, Sex and the City. Following years of hard work, this was the jumping off point of a stellar career. Hess’ clients reads like a roll call of the world’s most luxurious brands - from Chanel and Dior to Prada, Fendi and Hermès.
Alongside with her work with top fashion houses, Hess has written and illustrated three best selling books. While much of her work sounds impossibly glamorous, Hess says she is “so proud” to be creative patron of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). Find out more about the talented creative below.
InStyle: What do you wish more women knew about Ovarian Cancer?
Megan: That we really need an early detection test to start the process of saving lives. Anything we can do to raise awareness and funds will assist scientists in developing that test. Every 10 hours a women dies of ovarian cancer. This is not a fact that I mention to worry women but more to empower us all to know the facts and help raise funds and awareness.”
InStyle: What’s the most important life lesson you’ve ever learnt?
Megan: That life is short and it’s so important to enjoy the journey and not always focus on reaching the destination. I think we can all get caught up in getting to ’the next thing’ and I’ve learnt that appreciating the present and the now is the most important way to actually enjoy life!
InStyle: What do you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
Megan: It took me years to feel confident in my own skin and my own thoughts and be brave enough to put it out into the universe. If I could meet my 16 year old self I would say. “ Don’t worry too much, follow your gut and seek out the things that you’re passionate about, it will all be FINE!”
InStyle: How would you describe yourself in three words?
Megan: Creative, optimistic and enthusiastic
InStyle: Which three women, past or present, would you most like to have dinner with?
Megan: Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Marie Antoinette
InStyle: What advice would you give to budding female creatives?
Megan: No creative careers are easy and most require a lot of self belief and hard work But if it’s in you, you’ll love the process off making it work. And even if you try it and decide it’s not for you, at least you’ll never die wondering!
InStyle: What is your favourite part of your job?
Megan: Turing a blank piece of paper into something magical. It’s the process that I love most, the creating. Working on an illustration is absolute joy for me, its the thing I love to do most, so to be paid to do it for a career is like winning the lottery.
InStyle: Who is the most important woman in your life and why?
Megan: My Mum. She raised me to have self belief and always do my best, treat everyone with the same respect that I would want in return. She’s the woman that I will always look up to.
The Georg Jensen Offspring pendant necklace, bracelet and earrings are available in store and online, at georgjensen.com.au. Each of the sterling silver pieces is $195, with $50 from every purchase going directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. For more information about ovarian cancer, visit ocrf.com.au.