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Wintour at a 2009 show of Sienna Miller's Twenty8Twelve line
|Education||North London Collegiate School|
|Occupation||Magazine editor, fashion journalist|
|Employer||Conde Nast Publications|
|Known for||Editor-in-chief, U.S. Vogue|
|Editorial assistant, Harpers & Queen, Harper's Bazaar; fashion editor, Viva, Savvy, New York; creative director, U.S. Vogue; editor-in-chief, British Vogue and House & Garden|
|Board member of||Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Spouse(s)||David Shaffer (m. 1984–1999)|
Eleanor "Nonie" Trego Baker
|Relatives||Patrick Wintour (brother)|
James Wintour (brother)
Norah Wintour (sister)
Anna Wintour stopped going to school at 16 and started her career in fashion. She worked on magazines in America called New York and Home & Garden. She then went back to Britain and worked on a British magazine known as Vogue. She later worked on the American version, making them both more popular and successful. Wintour supports young fashion designers and is sometimes called "Nuclear Wintour" because of her demanding personality.
The Devil Wears Prada
It is thought that Anna Wintour was the inspiration behind the demanding editor, Miranda Priestly, in the novel The Devil Wears Prada. The author of the book, Lauren Weisberger, had worked as the personal assistant of Anna Wintour at Vogue. It has been suggested that the setting and Priestly were based on Vogue and Wintour, but Weisberger denies this, and says that Wintour is given her own appearance near the end of the book.
The similarities between Priestly and Wintour are:
- They both have two children
- They both serve on the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Miranda Priestly is a mean person who makes impossible demands of the people who work for her, and Wintour is also a very strict boss.
- They both have a bob haircut
- They both wear sunglasses indoors
- Their surnames are both homophones for seasons (Sommers=Summer, Wintour=Winter)
- They were both targeted by animal rights activists for using fur in their fashion
- Both Sommers and Wintour were involved in some way with fashion magazines. (Sommers with MODE, Wintour with Vogue).
Wintour is also mentioned in Ugly Betty when Wilhelmina Slater is going to get a better job at MODE (the magazine) after Bradford Meade is arrested. She does not accept a lunch invitation from Anna Wintour, saying she should have called back in 1998, not 2007.
Wintour has been a supporter of the Democratic Party going back to Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate run and John Kerry's 2004 presidential run and serving Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential runs as a lot of contributions. In 2008 and 2012, she co-hosted fundraisers with Sarah Jessica Parker, the latter being a 50-person, $40,000-a-plate dinner at Parker's West Village town house with Meryl Streep, Michael Kors, and Trey Laird, an advertising executive, among the attendees. She has also teamed with Calvin Klein and Harvey Weinstein on fundraisers during Obama's first term and Donna Karan has been amongst the attendees.
- Weisberger, Lauren; The Devil Wears Prada, Broadway Books, New York 2003, ISBN 0-7679-1476-7, p145
- Carr, David; February 17, 2003; Anna Wintour Steps Toward Fashion's New Democracy; The New York Times; retrieved December 10, 2006.
- Peters, Jeremy W., "Power Is Always in Vogue", The New York Times, 15 June 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2014.