The Biography’ chronicles the life of fashion editor Anna Wintour

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Anna: the biography

by Amy Odell

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Anna Wintour’s biography is more than the story of a young and beautiful child who became a beautiful fashion editor in New York and England. She was born in November 1949 and from an early age this daughter of an influential newspaper editor decided that when she grew up she wanted to be the editor of the fashionable magazine Vogue and she was always encouraged By his father. to go there. She did it and far beyond by browsing Condé Nast publications, a leader in many global print, digital, video and social brands, namely Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest and Italian food. With her incredible skills and knowledge of the fashion industry, sprinkled with her natural talent, her organization, her drive, her ambition and her love of hard work, she was a safe bet.

Anna had many advantages for networking and leveraging the contacts of the rich and famous, in addition to being good at spotting, recruiting and developing talent over the years, while building and maintaining title and reputation. enviable position of fashion itself. She promised and kept her promises by producing fabulous cover after cover that promised excitement inside the magazine.

She highlighted models, all very professional, then improved them and used stars and important people, then moved on to using minorities and unusual events to capture the public’s attention while she surrounded them with excellent stories, even if that meant her staff were constantly producing. sets, clothing, angles to attract readers and sell copies. This made Anna a byword for fashion in all aspects of the business as she transformed journalism into an art form.

The biography gives schedules, people hired, people fired, people who funded, people who bought, wore and set boundaries for In/Out, Fashionable or Has-been. Also interesting are the salaries and working quirks and conditions detailed as well as how she dealt with personality, angels and curmudgeons.

Anna became known throughout the industry for being part of every story and she lived such an elegant life that it’s no surprise that a movie was made, The devil wears Prada, and of course everyone recognized his ways and means. Even those who could not afford the price of clothes and effects recognized by Anna enjoyed reading about those who did.

They were busy people who lived enchanted lives. What could Anna do next? Naturally, the world of charity was next. She participated in the Met Gala to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His skills have led to an annual charity where in 2008 a table cost $75,000 and tickets cost $7,500 until 2018 when tables cost at least $200,000 and tickets cost $30,000 $. Anna’s genius for seating people was part of the success of these evenings with £4,000 flower arrangements, but as the budget grew so did the profits and Anna’s name grew as a great philanthropist. Although it was slow in its early days, even black models and photographers started working and the money poured in.

Then in 2020, the end came. Harvey Weinstein was a friend and when he became a talker, Anna had to make tough decisions in the #MeToo movement. The story now is whether Anna Wintour could survive the social justice movement. Marriages, romances, hiring and highlighting LGBTQ+ people, jokes have changed, a queer black woman became the editor of THEM in 2019 and flourished. Attitudes towards powerful people were changing. Sources of information dried up fairly quickly. In a biography of such a powerful and well-known icon, would Anna reveal how she got through those years? We may never know his plan. Amy Odell, biographer, is probably aware and she will only tell us “it is not in Anna’s nature to talk about herself”.

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