Long before those dazzling pearly whites were put on display for us to ogle at, Simon Cowell was just another little runner working in the mail room of a recording company. Fast forward to 2010, Cowell resides in a $22 million mansion in Beverly Hills, engaged to makeup artist to the stars- Mezghan Hussainy, and probably the biggest television executive and personality in the world. Hard work, determination and courage goes into career outcomes like this, yet Simon made it on his own individual unique accord. Quotes such as ' if you win this competition, we will have failed', 'i don't mean to be rude, but you look like the Incredible Hulks wife' and 'if you would have been singing this two thousand years ago, you would have been stoned'- firstly stunned the world. Years later, we sit there and just giggle along with him. Hes become a self made legend with his cut throat remarks and insults.
Gordon Ramsey frequently stirs up tension on Hell's Kitchen, for what used to make uncomfortable viewing. That was rapidly replaced by the electrifying amusement and praise of whipping the diva-esque group of trivial Ready Steady Cookers into world-class chefs. He knew his own craft A-Z, and his success was initiated by the ability to instill fear into the eyes of young wannabes. Not bad for a guy who moved out of his house at 16 due to a troubled childhood.
However, having a couple of years on the two previous mouthy TV stars, Anna Wintour has carved out her own special niche. Absolutely nothing in the fashion realm goes ahead until it gets a nod of approval from her. Minutes after designers unveil their collections on the catwalk, pictures get released to the media of Wintour's stoic expressions on the front row. Its enough to get top designers trembling in their boots, as to whether their months worth of hard work has been approved or not. The 2009 documentary 'The September Issue' depicted loyal hardworking Vogue employees of Anna, walking on egg shells to impress her. Unlike Simon or Gordon, Anna isn't vocal. She doesn't humiliate people nor does she give them an earful. Yet its the harshness that projected within her. She knows what she wants and managed to obtain that with her presence.
The reason why i write this post is to show that sometimes you need to have a thicker skin to be successful. Maybe not so much as these three examples that I've highlighted, but a little drive and push is enough to get what you want. However, i think sometimes we forget to mention that these insanely successful people are emotive too. Nowadays, Simon regularly sits there and praises the idea of the 'British Dream' and the creative outcomes of the young people in our great ol' British Society. He, himself may be living the 'American Dream', but you can tell that England will always be his home. Gordon on the other hand, has on many occasions shown his love towards his wife of 14 years, while Anna's eyes twinkled with delight and broke out into one of her rare smiles with the mere mention of her daughters name in 'The September Issue'. Her daughter's name is Bee Shaffer.