There's some controversy over Anna Wintour's decision to put Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of the April 2014 edition of Vogue magazine. Vogue has always been a high-class fashion magazine while Kim Kardashian is famous for being famous. And Kanye is, well, Kanye.
I'm having an awful work week. The kind that makes me feel like a talentless imposter who's finally being discovered for the hack that I am.
Actually, the inner voice of most creative people tells them that they suck at their vocation. Most of us learn to live with it without becoming alcoholics or spouse beaters.
Every now and then, though, that evil inner voice gets the upper hand. As it did with me this week. So when I found this list of failures from famous, off-the-chart talented people, I started to feel a little better.
Walt Disney - Fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because he "lacked imagination and had no good ideas."
JK Rowling - Rejected by dozens of companies, including Penguin and HarperCollins, until a small publisher in London took a chance on her work.
Oprah Winfrey - Fired as an evening news reporter of Baltimore's WJZ-TV because she couldn't separate her own emotions from her stories.
George Orwell - A publisher turned down his legendary novel, Animal Farm, with the words "It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA".
Jerry Seinfeld - Didn't find out he was cut from a minor role on a sitcom until he read the script and discovered his part missing.
Elvis Presley - After a performance in Nashville, he was told by a manager that he was better off driving trucks in Memphis (his former career).
Steve Jobs - Fired from the company he started, Apple, but was desperately brought back in 1997 to save the company. Apple is now the most valuable company in the world.
Stephen King - His first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. One quote was "we are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell."
Marilyn Monroe - At the start of her storied modeling and acting career, she was told she should consider becoming a secretary.
Abraham Lincoln - Demoted from Captain to Private during war, failed as a businessman, and lost several times as a political candidate before becoming President.
Recently cosmetics brand NARS announced that the gorgeous Charlotte Rampling is the face of its 20th Anniversary campaign. Ms. Rampling is 68 and says she's never had any cosmetic surgery. I believe her. Judge for yourself.
Even more recently, fashion brand Marc Jacobs announced it's named the gorgeous in her own right Jessica Lange the face of the brand's beauty line. Ms. Lange is 64. If she's had any work done on her face it was very little. She looks like a sixty-ish-year-old woman.