Anna Wintour is a woman who needs no introduction because as editor-in-chief of Vogue she is probably one of the most powerful women in the fashion industry. The British-American journalist has been editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1998. She later became artistic director of 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 dark sunglasses and bobsleigh haircut. Due to her “demanding personality”, she has been nicknamed “Nuclear Wintour” over the years. She is also praised for her support of younger designers and her ability to spot fashion trends.
Anna Wintour is the daughter of Charles Wintour, who was a British newspaper editor. When she was younger, she became curious about fashion and began a career in fashion journalism. She began her career by working for British magazines. To further her career, she moved to the United States and worked temporarily at House & Garden and New York.
She later returned to London and began working as the editor of British Vogue from 1985 to 1987, later taking over Vogue’s offices in New York. At that time, Vogue was considered a stale publication, but Anna managed to turn it around and made it one of the most profitable fashion publications in history. She also put the publication in a unique position, giving it great influence in the industry.
Anna Wintour was frequently attacked by animal rights activists for her use of fur, and she was also criticized for promoting “elitist views on femininity and beauty”.
The fashion journalist has been the subject of a 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 generally assumed that the character of “Miranda Priestly” is based on Anna Wintour.
She was also the focus of “The September Issue”, a documentary by R.J. Cutler, a respected American television producer, filmmaker, and documentary filmmaker. Vogue is known to have strict control over the images that appear in the magazine, although it does not pay as much attention to the textual content; but it is claimed that it reads everything before it is published.
Bio & Age
Anna Wintour was born on November 3, 1949, the daughter of Charles Wintour and Nonie Baker and named after her maternal grandmother, Anna Baker. She has four siblings – Gerald (who passed away), Patrick (a journalist), Nora, and James.
She attended North London Collegiate School and at the age of 14, she started wearing her characteristic bob hairstyle. Her interest in fashion began with watching Ready Steady Go! and reading Seventeen magazine. Her father often asked for her input when he wanted opinions on how to reach a younger audience.
It is known that she started dating older men at the age of fifteen. Among the men with good relationships she met were Nigel Dempster and Piers Paul Read.
Anna Wintour’s Relationship With Husband, Daughter, and Son – Charles Shaffer
In 1984 Anna Wintour married David Shaffer and they had two children together – Charles Shaffer, born in 1985, and Katherine (Bee) Shaffer, born in 1987. Anna and David divorced in 1999 because of their affair with Shelby Bryan, an American entrepreneur, and venture capitalist.
Anna is also a philanthropist and has served as a trustee for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She also founded the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fund to discover, mentor, and support emerging and unknown fashion designers. She has worked hard to raise money for several AIDS charities, raising over $10 million.
As for her personal habits, Anna Wintour is known for appearing long before a fashion show starts and never stays at a party for more than 20 minutes. She goes to bed before 10:15 p.m. in the evening, wakes up before 6 a.m., and reaches the office two hours later. During this time she plays tennis, has her hair and make-up done. She is also known for preferring high-protein meals to any other type of diet.