You may love her or you may hate her, you may even say she is the real-life Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada, but there is no denying Anna is one of the most influential people in the world of fashion and magazines… and this is why she is our first ‘Someone You Should Know’ in fashion here at The Twenty Somethings.
Born in London, England, on November 3rd, 1949, Anna is the eldest daughter of Charles Wintour, the editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper. As a teenager, she would be seen frequently in the trendy London clubs where some of the biggest pop culture stars would hang, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Her love for fashion lead her to drop school, work at boutiques, train at Harrods and even take fashion classes. But it was in the documentary, The September Issue, she recalls her father was the one that encouraged her to someday work at Vogue as an editor. Anna’s older Australian boyfriend, Richard Neville, gave her the first taste of the magazine world at his controversial publication, Oz.
Soon after this experience, Anna became one of the first Harper’s & Queen editorial assistants. After many different jobs at different publications, in both the United Kingdom and United States, she became the editor-in-chief of the American Vogue in 1988, where she still works to this day. Her first cover rocked the fashion world, as the model wore a $50 pair of jeans with a $10,000 designer shirt. It was the first time a model wore jeans on the cover of Vogue.
To this day, Anna is shaping the world of fashion through her work at Vogue. There is no denying her impact and with such powerful connections such as Karl Lagerfeld, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Victoria Beckham to name a few, you can see why Anna has stayed on top all of these years.
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