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Yet another gossip columnist insisted that Ms. Wintour never actually wanted a diplomatic position but stoked the rumors to get a better contract with Vogue publisher Conde Nast.

“Still, is it possible that Anna Wintour — Ms. Machiavelli of all things fashion industry — bungled her own chances at the plum position?” asked Kurt Soller at mymag.com.

“Fascinating to think about — even if it sounds like an alternative ending to ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’”

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