For several months last year, Mirgun Akyavas, 45, worked as design director for the junior collection of JLO by Jennifer Lopez. TIME talked to Akyavas about her experience:
Q. What was she like?
A. She is a woman with a lot of ambition, and she has the energy and the courage to achieve her goals. She's not my taste in music or films, but I respect her for what she's achieved.
Q. How was the job a challenge?
A. Jennifer would bring us tear sheets from fashion shows and hint that that was what she wanted. For example, she likes...