Anna Wintour has spent 30 years in the fashion industry, carving out a niche for herself at the helm of Vogue magazine. Wintour has been editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988. Her reputation transcends the magazine she edits for, and she is easily recognisable more so through her iconic sunglasses.
For Vogue, she presides over matters of culture and style. Beyond that, she’s also the taste-maker and strategic adviser for CEOs of luxury companies, using her platform for philanthropic good. The transformation of the Met Gala is also owed to her brilliance. In 2015, the New York Times reported that the gala had raised over $145 million under Wintour’s reign, a figure that will likely surpass $200 million after the event next month.
Wintour becomes a senior citizen this year as she turns 70, with rumblings from Vogue that she will yet stay on, she is headed for without a doubt the most challenging years of her career. This, owing to the fact that Vogue is expanding its operations to include print editions of Glamour, Teen Vogue and Self magazine. New digital-only publications, including Vogue Business, have also been launched.
Speaking exclusively to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in New York, Wintour expressed optimism about the changing media landscape she now finds herself in. “I think we’re so fortunate today to have so many different channels in which to speak to our audiences,” she said.
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Wintour isn’t on any social media platform, succeeding in keeping her personal life private, and forcing media speculators to lean on hints, rumours and deductions from her appearances in documentaries.
Sunglasses are perhaps the most obvious way she defends herself against attempts to deconstruct her. Worn throughout the entire interview, her eyewear is, she said, “incredibly useful because you avoid people knowing what you’re thinking about.”
“They help me when I’m feeling a bit tired or sleepy,” she added. “And maybe they’ve just become a crutch in part of who I am. But today I really did need them.”
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Somewhat of a rarity for her, she offered a small bit of personal information, admitting that she was feeling under the weather: “I’ll be brutally frank: I have been unbelievably ill all week. And, plus, I just had eye surgery, so those are the real reasons I’m wearing them today.”