Anna Wintour nuff said!
From TV fantasy to real life vision, Anna Wintour is the woman to beat in fashion. Surely, I can confidently say that she created a new fashion revolution in the world. In her three decades career, Wintour has developed a status for being distant and cold. Many who know her will say that she is a demanding and difficult to work for, yet she doesn’t deny it. Back in 2003, Lauren Weisberger, one of Wintour’s former assistants published the book The Devil Wears Prada, based on her experience working at Vogue magazine. Lauren’s book was made into a movie in 2006.
Back in 2009, Anna Wintour made a documentary about the September issue of Vogue magazine. The documentary was released in theaters all over the nation and
was reviewed by top critics who touted the documentary. Forbes magazine reported that this is “The Real Devil Wears Prada. The documentary demonstrations the serious and challenging work necessary to create an issue of one Vogue magazine.
Anna Wintour was born in London, England, in 1949. Her father was the newspaper editor while her mother was a philanthropist: Elinor Wintour. Around 1960s, Anna dropped out of high school so that she can pursue a life in the chic city of London. Before she became the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, she started in the fashion department of Harper’s and Queen in London. Over the years, she moved up in the industry and bounced from magazine to magazine between New York and London. When she moved to New York in 1976, she took over as the fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar magazine. After Harper's Bazaar, she moved to another fashion magazine called Viva magazine in 1981. After, she moved back to London to become the top editor for Condé Nast's British Vogue magazine. Being in British Vogue, her cold demeanor earned her some nicknames: “Nuclear Wintour” and Wintour of Our Discontent.” In 1987, she went to another magazine: Condé Nast magazine, Home and Garden. During her tenure in Condé Nast, she boldly changed the magazine’s title to HG.
Her gamble of changing the title of the magazine paid off because she was praised and got the support by the magazine’s top executives. As a result, she earned a salary of more than $200,000 plus a $25,000 annual allowance for clothes and other perks.
After taking over HG magazine for a year, she became the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. Her one goal being the editor-in-chief of Vogue was to reinstate that Vogue magazine is and will be the fashion authority. Anna Wintour did accomplish that goal and even more because she restored the magazine’s supremacy to the fashion industry and beat its rival: Elle magazine. As of today, Vogue magazine is the “fashion bible.” She was the one who puts celebrities on the magazine covers instead of models. She also created mixed low-end fashion pieces with expensive pieces in her photo shoots. Moreover, she has the power enough to make or break fashion careers. She is known for creating top-known fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Alexander Wang.
If she is not in fashion, she is actively involved in the research for AIDS and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2003, she established the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, an unprecedented initiative and award designed to aid emerging American fashion designers struggling to build successful businesses. Anna Wintour has been the recipient of many awards for her leadership and philanthropic efforts such as the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Lifetime Achievement Award and the Award of Courage for AIDS Research from the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR). Lastly, Anna Wintour achieved the growth and successful of Teen Vogue (2001) and Menâ€™s Vogue (2005). She serves as Editorial Director for both titles.
Anna Wintour is the real fashion icon. She is a very driven by what she does in the fashion industry. She is certainly very competitive. She wants people to represent the best at what they do, and if that turns her into a perfectionist than maybe she is.