"My first real job was at Vogue in 1974, as secretary to the marketing director. Multiple times a day, my boss presented Vogue’s “point of view” for the coming season to department store executives and buyers. In my third week, my boss got the flu. I volunteered to give the presentations. Within the year, I was promoted to editorial credits editor and then beauty editor. (Vera Wang was on the other side of the room, assisting senior fashion director Polly Mellen.) Some lessons learned in my five years there: Arrive early. Stay late. Take chances. Persist.


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