Ever since Harper’s Bazaar's use of a recycled image of Jolie for their July 2009 issue, I continue to see any covers with her as the subject to be a pure marketing play — rather than any sort of artistic expression or reflection on what's currently inspirational in fashion — and I expect much more from a publication such as Vogue.
“In other words, during a period in which American companies have created iPhones, Home Depot, and Lipitor, the best place to work has been in [the finance] industry that doesn’t design, build, or sell a single tangible thing”—John Cassidy, “What Good Is Wall Street?” New Yorker magazine
“Perhaps because they were making so much money out of it, Americans were slow to notice something peculiar about the American dream, and potentially divisive. The ideal of living “unhampered,” as Adams put it, by the barriers to social mobility erected in other countries is meaningful most of all to those familiar with other countries. The American dream is more evident to elites (including well-traveled historians like Adams) and to immigrants than it is to others. It is cosmopolitanism masquerading as American exceptionalism.”—Christopher Caldwell, Is It Time to Awaken From the American Dream
I finally got up the nerve to contact one of the top executives in the fashion and luxury goods business and got on his calendar for a phone call to discuss my career. Well, odds were in my favor that he’d agree to speak with me, but still… I first needed to make sure I was ready.
Part of my current job includes speaking with CEOs on a regular basis (in front of a crowd no less), and yet this one call has me shaking in my boots. Don’t be fooled by the calm, cool, and collected exterior…
But as they say, “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” (Seneca)