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Anna Wintour: all news and scoops!

  • Occupation: Editor-in-Chief
  • Sign : Scorpio
  • Date of birth : Thursday 03 November 1949 (age: 71 years old)

Born on November 3, 1949 in London, England, the pope of fashion Anna Wintour is the daughter of Charles Wintour, former editor-in-chief of the Evening Standard magazine, and Eleonor Trego Baker. She was educated in a bourgeois milieu and attended private schools alongside her four brothers and sisters. At the age of 14, she adopted her famous squared cup: she will never change it. She began to date older men from intellectual circles at a very early age, such as the writer Piers Paul Read, 9 years her senior, at the age of 15. At the same age, she landed her first job in the trendy Biba boutique. At the age of 16, this fashion enthusiast, who was already giving advice to her father for his magazine, decided to give up her studies. She even interrupted her fashion studies, which her parents had forced her to follow, arguing that “fashion can’t be learned”. In 1970, she made her debut in the world of fashion journalism when she joined the British edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. In 1975, accompanied by her companion at the time, the very attractive journalist Jon Bradshaw, she moved to New York City. She then joined the American edition of Harper’s Bazaar. With the help of her companion, she then managed to land her first job as fashion editor at Viva magazine. But at the end of 1978, the magazine stopped and, in the midst of a (difficult) break-up with Bradshaw, she decided to take a short break in her career. She then had a brief relationship with Eric Idle, a member of the Monty Python, and then with Michel Esteban, a French music producer. She returned in 1980 as fashion editor-in-chief, first for a new women’s magazine, Savyy, and the following year for New York magazine. A turning point in her career began while she was working in New York. Spotted by Alex Liberman, publishing director of Condé Nast, the group that owns the famous Vogue magazine, she decided to create a position especially for her: that of creative director at Vogue, which she joined in 1983. At that time, she began to attend the famous child psychiatrist David Shaffer, thirteen years her senior. They were married in September 1984. The couple has two children: Charlie (born in 1987) and Katherine, known as “Bee”, born in 1989. In 1986, she was offered the position of Editor-in-Chief of the British edition of Vogue. For a while, she took over the management of House&Garden magazine in New York, which she was finally unable to turn around. But ten months later, she got the job she had been waiting for: editor-in-chief of the American magazine Vogue.

Since then, the woman who is famous for her Chanel suits has been making the fashion world rain and shine, as much feared as adored by the industry’s professionals. Meryl Streep’s role in the film The Devil Wears Prada, adapted from the book by Lauren Weisberger, her former assistant, was inspired by her colorful character, known for her temperament, her extreme demands and her fearsome coldness. In 1999, the year of her divorce from David Schaffer, Anna Wintour first appeared on camera with the documentary “The September Issue”, directed by R.J. Cutler and released in theaters on September 16, 2009, which is entirely devoted to her. In it, we learn that her daily life is punctuated by a timetable timed to the minute: waking up at 5:30 am, she takes daily tennis lessons, before arriving at the Vogue offices at 8 am. She is also a philanthropist: since 1990, she has raised more than $10 million for the fight against AIDS, and since 1999, she has shared the life of millionaire Shelby Bryan. Her friends whisper that he has softened her up.

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