Anna Wintour is a woman who needs no introduction, as the editor-in-chief of Vogue, she is arguably one of the most powerful women in the fashion industry. The British-American journalist has been Vogue‘s editor-in-chief since 1998. She later became the artistic director for Condé Nast, the American mass media company responsible for publishing Vogue, The New Yorker, Self, Glamour, Architectural Digest, GQ, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, and W.
Anna is also known for her trademark look of dark sunglasses and her bob haircut. She gained the nickname ‘Nuclear Wintour’ over the years as a result of her ‘demanding personality’. She is also praised for her support of younger designers and her ability for spot fashion trends.
Anna Wintour is the daughter of the Charles Wintour who was a British newspaper editor. When she was younger, she became curious about fashion and began pursuing a career in fashion journalism. She began her career by working in British Magazines. To advance her career, she moved to the United States and worked temporarily at House & Garden and New York.
She later returned to London and began her stint as the editor of British Vogue from 1985 to 1987. She later took over the Vogue’s offices in the New York. At the time, Vogue was considered a stale publication but Anna successfully turned it around, making it one of the most profitable fashion publications in history. She also put the publication in a unique position that gives it major influence in the industry.
Anna Wintour has been frequently attacked by Animal Rights activists for her use of fur, and she has also been criticized for promoting ‘elitist views of femininity and beauty.’
The fashion journalist has been the subject of one feature film, a novel and a documentary. In 2003, her former assistant wrote the novel – The Devil Wears Prada, which was later developed into a film starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. It is widely believed that the character of ‘Miranda Priestly’ is based on Anna Wintour.
She was also the focal point of The September Issue, a documentary by R.J Cutler, a respected American television producer, filmmaker and documentarian. At Vogue, she is known to have strict control over the images that appear in the magazine, although she is not as strict over the textual content; but it is claimed that she reads everything before it gets published.
Bio & Age
Anna Wintour was born on the 3rd of November, 1949 to Charles Wintour and Nonie Baker and was named after her maternal grandmother, Anna Baker. She has four siblings – Gerald (who passed away), Patrick (a journalist), Nora and James.
She attended the North London Collegiate School and at the age of 14, she started wearing her signature bob hairstyle. Her interest in fashion began from watching Ready Steady Go! and from reading Seventeen magazine. Her father often required her input when he wanted to get opinions on how to reach a younger audience.
She is known to have begun dating older men when she was only fifteen. Some of the well-connected men she dated include Nigel Dempster and Piers Paul Read.
Anna Wintour’s Relationship With Husband, Daughter, and Son – Charles Shaffer
In 1984, Anna Wintour got married to David Shaffer and the two had two children together – Charles Shaffer, who was born in 1985 and Katherine (Bee) Shaffer, who was born in 1987. Anna and David got divorced in 1999 as a result of her affair with Shelby Bryan, an American entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
Anna is also a philanthropist and has served as a trustee for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also began the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fund to discover, mentor and support upcoming and unknown fashion designers. She has put in a lot of effort into raising money for several AIDS charities and has raised over $10 million in the process.
On personal habits, Anna Wintour is known to arrive at fashion shows long before the start and never stays at a party for more than 20 minutes. She goes to bed before 10:15 p.m at night, wakes up before 6 a.m and reaches the office two hours later. In that time, she plays tennis, gets her make up done and her hair set. She is also known to favour highly proteinous meals above every other type of diet.