The queen of fashion and her long reign as Vogue editor-in-chief
As we await eagerly the beginning of the NYFW, which will kick-start on the 6th September, the first figure that pops into our mind is, of course, Anna Wintour, the well-known fashion editor with impeccable taste that you can be sure to see seating on the first row at all catwalk shows.
With her perfect bob, extra-black sunglasses, chic dresses and Manolos, she is easily recognised from afar.
We all know that the character Miranda Priestley from The Devil Wears Prada, which was played by the fantastic Meryl Streep, was based on Wintour. The book was written by a former personal assistant of the British editor, who described her “fictional character” as an “empty, shallow, bitter woman who has tons of gorgeous clothes and not much else.” Ouch! Nevertheless, several people have worked under Wintour for 15, 20 years so one can tell that, despite the book portraying her as a cold bitch, Anna Wintour surely is an inspiring boss that any fashion lover would love to work for, maybe a tough and demanding boss, but a fascinating one, driven and always striving for the best.
Here are 16 facts about the queen bee of fashion that not many know:
1- She’s the most influential women in media. Period.
Anna Wintour has equally powerful friends. Here with BFF Michelle Obama
2- She was born in London and went to school there. She dropped out of North London Collegiate School and started working at the luxury department store Harrod’s instead.
3- She’s been Vogue US editor-in-chief since 1988, and also artistic director for Condé Nast since 2013. Before that, she worked for British Vogue and Harpers and Queen in London, where she started her career.
4- She’s worn her signature perfect bob since she was fourteen years old. She has her hair blow-dried twice a day wherever she is.
5- Manolo Blahnik designed especially for Wintour slingbacks and heels in light beige. It is basically almost the only shoe model she’s been wearing for the past twenty years, which she has in different shades to match her skin tone, light cream for winter and a bit darker for a summer’s sun-kissed skin.
6- Journalism and publishing run in the family; Wintour’s father was editor of the Evening Standard between 1959 and 1976, and her brother is a diplomatic editor at the British newspaper The Guardian.
7- The British editor likes to recycle her clothes and accessories, especially her colourful, bold crystal necklaces, although she certainly doesn’t need to - Wintour receives, in addition to her salary, a clothing allowance believed to be around $ 200.000 a year.
Glam and fab in sequins and feathers
8- She is the mother of two. Her son, Charles, gave Wintour her first grand-daughter in March this year and her daughter Bee, has just married this summer at her mother’s fabulous house in Long Island, the Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini, son of the late Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief and über-cool Franca Sozzani.
9- Punctuality is essential for her. She’s usually one of the firsts to arrive at the catwalk shows.
10- Wintour wakes up every day at 5 a.m. to play tennis before going to work. She loves tennis and goes to all big tournaments such as Wimbledon, the US Open or the French tournaments. By the way, Wintour is a big fan of Roger Federer, with whom we know she's had lunch.
Looking sleek at a tennis tournament
11- Being an early-bird, Wintour doesn’t like to stay up late and usually doesn’t stay longer than 20 minutes at a party. She also doesn’t drink.
12- Since 1995, Anna Wintour has helped to organise the Met Ball Gala, which happens every May and raises funds for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was renamed in 2014, The Anna Wintour Costume Center, in recognition for her help to raise 125 million dollars. By the way, thanks to Wintour, the $30.000-a-ticket Met Ball has become fashion’s most important Red Carpet event.
13- In 2017, Queen Elisabeth II made her a Dame Commander of the British Empire because of her fantastic role in the fashion world.
14- Wintour loves colourful prints. She rarely wears all-black outfits. She also likes to wear sleeveless dresses to show off her amazingly toned arms.
The stylish Anna Wintour in her trademark sunglasses and sleeveless dresses
15- The queen of fashion editors doesn't have an Instagram account!
16- And finally, no, after almost four decades working for Condé Nast, Anna Wintour isn’t ready yet to retire! The CEO of Condé Nast, Bob Sauerberg, announced on Twitter that Wintour would continue indefinitely running the fashion Bible. He said that “Anna Wintour is an incredibly talented and creative leader whose influence is beyond measure. She is integral to the future of our company's transformation and has agreed to work with me indefinitely in her role as Vogue editor-in-chief and artistic director of Condé Nast."
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