editor, Anna Wintour, Vogue

Get fired at least once, make quick decisions and get up early are some of the wise words from Vogue editorial director Anna Wintour in a new book titled Winners And How They Succeed by Alistair Campbell.

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The uber-successful editor has become renowned worldwide with her trademark bob, dark sunglasses and commanding nature.

Her role was parodied by Meryl Streep in the film, The Devil Wears Prada, yet Wintour states that she is never that hard on her staff because “perfection doesn’t exist”.

Despite being one of the most famous women in fashion and publishing, Wintour says that her most surprising trick is pretending to be sure of herself, even if she isn’t.

“It makes it clearer for everyone else. Most people prevaricate. I decide fast.”

Wintour also admits in the book that she cannot shoot an editorial, write a story or make a dress but her strength lies in being organised and a good delegator.

“People work better when they have responsibility,” she says.