Those in the fashion industry can all agree that Anna Wintour’s opinion is the one that can make or break a designer’s career. Her position is sought after by so many and as the movie, The Devil Wear’s Prada, so blatantly puts it – some girls would kill to work for her. So who exactly is this fashion mogul? And what’s so great about her?
With her hair styled in a neat bob, often seen hiding behind bulky designer sunglasses is Editor-in- Chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour. Employees describe her as intimidating; critics refer to her as icy and nuclear. Friends admire the genius within her; Anna just plainly calls herself a perfectionist. No matter how one perceives Anna Wintour, it is evident that she has had an impressive career in the publishing and editing world and has much to do with the success of Vogue.
Wintour was born into a family that seemingly contributed largely to her chosen career path. Having been born in London to a wealthy family, Wintour had many opportunities to do what she pleased. She dropped out of school at an early age and chose to live a life of glamour as a teenager in the 1960s, often partying and always projecting her personal style. Her father, Charles Wintour, was a driven, tough newspaper editor in England. It is clear that the apple does not fall far from the tree, as Anna’s natural
sternness and constant decisiveness are part of her well-known demeanor, just like her father.
Wintour’s early career began with a position in the fashion department of Harper’s and Queen. As she rose within the editorial world, she eventually landed the job as fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar in New York. Then, in 1986, after bouncing between smaller publications, Wintour became the editor-in- chief of British Vogue, published by Condé Nast. Displaying a strong sense of style and her own ideas for the direction of the magazine, she transformed it into a more relevant and modern read. Wintour once described herself as a “Condé Nast hit man,” referring to the way in which she routinely accepts a new job and completely turns around a publication. In 1987, she accepted the position to makeover Home and Garden and, along with some controversial decisions, renovated the publication. Her bosses at Condé Nast were impressed by her ability to bring up subscription numbers and, in general, improve the overall quality of their magazines.
Wintour had a vision for what Vogue would be under her reign. She no longer pictured supermodels on her covers. Instead, she made the switch to featuring celebrities. She also decided to veer away from close-up headshots for the cover and bring the magazine back to its fashion roots. The clothes Wintour chose to shoot were a complete mixture of high and low-end pieces. Her famous debut cover featured $50 jeans paired with a $10,000 couture t-shirt. Her contributions to the magazine have turned Vogue into a recognizable and respectable brand with thousands of readers and many worshippers of its glossy pages.
To this day she continues to lead a staff of hundreds and has designers’ fate in her hands. She is the ultimate ‘Girl Boss’ and proves that with hard work and strong self- awareness, the possibilities are endless!
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