Judi Bortier - Student of the Quarter

By: Jenna Nord

May 17, 2017

Bortier Head Shot

Judi Bortier is a current Fashion Marketing & Management (BA) student whom was chosen as the student of the quarter for her program.  Bortier has a unique background that influences her creative work and benefits The Art Institute of Colorado community.  Born in Ghana where she lived until she was 8, Bortier then moved to Germany where she lived until her junior year of High School. Her family then moved to Colorado Springs. We recently sat down with Bortier to talk about her Ai experience.

Why did you choose to study fashion?

Ever since I was little, I have always loved fashion. My junior year in Colorado Springs I told my dad I wanted to go into fashion and my counselor helped me research schools. That’s when I decided to go with the business side of fashion.

How does your international experience influence your work?

I think my love for fashion started back when I was in Ghana. Africa is very fashion forward. Everyone has their own designer in Africa. It is more expensive to buy ready-to-wear than to have something made specifically for you in Ghana. 

My international experience influenced me to talk to everyone. I think if I had grown up in one spot I would have more of a closed mind about what is right and wrong. I always want to hear others opinions and ideas. Considering these different angles is reflected in my work because I am not just seeing it from one perspective.

What have been some of your favorite projects that you have worked on as a student?

My first encounter with faculty member Cynthia Petrus was a memorable one. We had a project for her Sales Promotion class in which we partnered with J Crew and Park Meadows to produce an in-store event. That’s when I fell in love with events.  

Faculty and staff help connect you to opportunities. I have also been involved in other projects and fashion shows like Rescue Runway, Urban Nights, & Spectrum.

You recently hosted a Makeup Tutorial for students here, how did that come about?

I love makeup, I always have. The idea came from some of the YouTube videos that I watch. A lot of designers and students here don’t know how to do their makeup and they ask me about it, so I had the idea to put on the tutorial so that students could come and learn, and we could raise money for the Fashion Club. 

What's the most important part of your face to pay attention to when doing your makeup?

Your skin! If your skin is textured, oily, and dry then it’s going to show through. If your skin looks good, everything else looks good. There is also a misconception that you need to spend a lot of money for your makeup to look good, which isn’t the case. You can look good with drug store makeup.

Why did you choose to become a peer mentor?

I love being a peer mentor. There are students that have issues and they feel comfortable coming to me. There was a student in a class that wasn’t doing well and felt like she couldn’t talk to her teacher about the problems she was having, so she came to me. I was able to help her communicate with her teacher and she wound up finishing the class and is doing really well. That type of thing is rewarding.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am going straight back to Europe. I have already started making connections with NARs and Sephora and design houses in Paris. Paris is actually very close to where my parents are considering moving back to in Germany. I would also consider moving to Georgia. Georgia has a big following in fashion and music. Music and fashion go hand in hand. They always need stylists and  brand ambassadors. 

What's one piece of advice that you would give students just starting their degree at The Art Institute of Colorado?

Talk to everyone! Your Gen Ed classes are a perfect environment to connect with different students from different programs. I just recently released a makeup video and the people that helped me do it were students here in different programs. 

It’s all about connections! You meet different people, they have different skills, you have skills that you can offer them, they have skills that they can offer you and it works out. Maybe in a year or 10 years from now you might meet that person that is doing really big things and then because you worked with them before and you did so well, they’ll hire you right on the spot.  

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By: Jenna Nord

May 17, 2017