Anna Wintour Biography

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Quick Facts Of Anna Wintour

Celebrated Name Anna Wintour
Age 69 Years
Nick Name Nuclear Wintour
Birth Name Anna Wintour
Birth Date 1949-11-03
Gender Female
Profession Editor

A British-American journalist and editor-in-chief of top fashion magazine Vogue, Dame Anna Wintour is a famous international fashion icon known for her immense hard work in the fashion world and her support for younger designers. With her trademark pageboy bob haircut and dark designer sunglasses, she is praised as an important figure in the fashion world. Her demanding personality has earned her the nickname "Nuclear Wintour" and "Wintour of Our Discontent". 

WHAT IS ANNA WINTOUR FAMOUS FOR?

* Determined, competitive, intimidating and demanding personality

* Influential editor-in-chief of  highly reputed & world famous "VOGUE" magazine

* Artistic Director of Conde Nast

* Inspiration for the popular novel and movie "The Devil Wears Prada"

* Iconic Pageboy bob haircut, large sunglasses, and icy demeanor.

WHERE WAS ANNA WINTOUR BORN?

Anna Wintour was born on 3rd November 1949 in Hampstead, London. She was born in England(UK) and later on got a resident in New York, United States. She was born to Charles Wintour, an editor of the Evening Standard, and Eleanor Trego Baker, an American, the daughter of a Harvard law professor. Her parents separated and divorced in 1979. Her father Charles Wintour then married Audrey Slaughter, who was a magazine director and became Anna's stepmother. Wintour was named after her maternal grandmother, Anna Baker, a daughter of a merchant from Pennsylvania.

Lady Elizabeth Foster, 18th-century novelist was Anna's great-great-great grandmother and Sir Vere Foster, the last Baronet of that name, was her granduncle. She has four siblings, Gerald, Patrick, James, and Nora. Her older brother, Gerald died in a traffic accident as a child. Her younger brother, Patrick is a journalist, currently diplomatic editor of The Guardian, whereas James and Nora have worked in London local government and for international non-governmental organizations, respectively.

She attended the independent North London Collegiate School. At school, she frequently rebelled against the dress code by taking up the hemlines of her skirts. She had a bob haircut at the age of 14. She showed her keen interest in fashion as a regular viewer of Cathy McGowan on "Ready Steady Go" and from the issues of seventeen which her grandmother had sent. Her father regularly consulted her when he was considering ideas for increasing leadership in the youth market.

CAREER OF ANNA WINTOUR

Born in a considerate family, Wintour demonstrated a tendency to do things her own way at an early age. Her father led her the way to the world of fashion, by arranging her a job at Biba boutique, at an early age of 15. As a teenager, she made a decision to for go academics, dropping out of her school and opting a life that she adored the most. At the age of 15, she began dating well-connected older men. With her signature, hairstyle-she began to go to the training program at Harrods and took fashion classes. Her boyfriend Richard provided her experience of magazine production at his popular and controversial Oz.

In 1970, Anna was hired as one of the first editorial assistants of Haper's & Queen fashion magazine, beginning her career in fashion journalism. Even at this early age of her career, Wintour divulged to co-workers that she had the desire to edit the VOGUE, a desire that led her to achieve the success position that she holds today after a 20 year of long hardship. She met with her classmates Hodin, who helped her secure a location for innovative shoots by Helmut Newton, Jim Lee, and trend-setting photographers.

 In New York City, she became a junior editor at Haper's Bazaar in 1975. Her innovative shoots made the editor Tony to fire her after nine months of work.

She was then introduced to Bob Marley by her friend Bradshaw. Bradshaw assisted her to secure the first position as a fashion editor at Viva, a women's adult magazine which was her first job where she was able to hire a personal assistant, which began her reputation as a demanding and difficult boss.

She broke up with Bradshaw and paired with Michel, a French record producer. She returned back to her work in 1980, succeeding Elsa Klench as a fashion editor for a new magazine named Savy. Achieving the position, she proved her as a conscious career lady.

The following year, she became the fashion editor of New York, where her fashion trend spread and photo shoots finally began to attract the attention of others. 

She learned through her work on a cover involving Rachel Ward how effectively celebrity covers sold copies. She went to work at Vogue in 1983. In 1985, Anna got her first editorship, taking over the UK edition of Vogue after the retirement of Miller. Once in charge, she replaced many of the staff and extended far more control over the magazine than any previous editor had, earning the nickname "Nuclear Wintour" and those retained editors began to refer to the period as "The Wintour of Our Discontent".

In the year 1987, Anna Wintour returned back to New York to take over House & Garden whose circulation had long lagged behind rival Architectural Digest, and Conde Nast hoped she could improve it. Once again she brought radical changes in staff which created problems for the magazine. After ten months, she became the editor of US Vogue. This time it had more focused on lifestyles as a whole and less on fashion. She did what she always wanted to do she changed the cover of Vogue magazine. With the fear that the magazine Vogue will lose its ground, Anna was appointed with all freedom, and in her just three-decade reign she accomplished the mission, restored the Vogue's preeminence. She called an end to the supermodel era, showcasing a preference for celebrities rather than models on her cover.

In 2011, when Vogue put its entire archive online, Wintour said, "Let's just try it" and it went off to be so natural that she claimed it to be something new and different.

On August 2014, Gigi Hadid paid tribute to Wintour's first cover and that brought certainly a big change for Vogue. Under Wintour's editorship, Vogue reached its highest success, it renewed its focus on fashion returned to its prominence held under Vreeland. Vogue held its position as a market leader against other three contenders.

Wintour was supported by Kate Betts for providing Vogue in the right direction. Wintour introduced three spinoffs: "Teen Vogue", "Vogue Living" and "Men's Vogue". 

AdAge named her "EDITOR OF THE YEAR" for this brand expansion.

Queen Elizabeth II appointed her as "Officer of the Order of the British Empire"(OBE) in 2008 Birthdays Honours for her contributions in fashion and journalism.

In 2013, Conde Nast announced Wintour as the artistic director for the company's magazine, while she was at Vogue. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of "The Devil Wear's Prada"

release in 2016 which is supposed to be based on real story life of Anna, the ringer noted how Anna's image had involved since that film's depiction of Miranda. In 2019,

she starred in the "The Fashion Fund" and she was named as the 39th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. 

WHO IS ANNA WINTOUR MARRIED TO?

Anna's relationship did not work well for her at all. Initially, she tied the knot with David Shaffer in 1984 and had two children together; Charlie in 1985 and Katherine(Bee) in 19887. However, the couple got separated and divorced in 1999. It was claimed that she had an affair with investor Shelby Bryan which ended Anna's and David's marriage. But she declines to comment. However, Wintour lives in New York with her longtime boyfriend Shelby Bryan. Her daughter Bee Shaffer, being a star kid always opted to remain out of the spotlight most of her life, recently came up in news for her wedding with Francesco Carrozzini, son of the late editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia.

Wintour is a philanthropist. She serves as a trustee of the "Metropolitan Museum of Art" in New York, where she has organized benefits that have raised $50 million for the Costume Institute. She began the CFDA/VOUGE Fund in order to encourage, support and mentor unknown fashion designers and also has raised over $10 million for AIDS charities.

Wintour claims to rise before 6 in the morning, play tennis, have her hair and makeup done, then gets to Vogue's offices, rarely stays at parties for more than 20 min and goes to bed by 10:15 every night. She always arrives at fashion shows well before the scheduled time. Her staff claim that she reads everything written for publication. 

Anna Wintour has been a supporter of the Democratic Party since Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate run and John Kerry's 2004 presidential run and serving Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012presidential runs as a bundler of contribution.

WHAT ARE ANNA WINTOUR'S BODY MEASUREMENTS?

Anna Wintour is 5ft 4inch / 163 cm tall in height. She has a fit body of 60 kg( 132 lbs) in weight. Her body measures breast of 34B, a waist size of 24B and hips of 35B. She has a shoe size of 8. She has black eye color and brown hair color. 

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF ANNA WINTOUR

Wintour was hired as one of the first editorial assistants of "HAPER'S AND QUEEN". She secured the first position as a fashion editor at VIVA, a women's adult magazine with the help of her friend Bradshaw. She was taken as the fashion editor for a magazine named SAVVY. The following year she became the fashion editor of New York. She then became the UK VOGUE magazine's first creative director, a position with vaguely defined responsibilities, which she nailed it. A few months later, she became the editor of US Vogue, where she made the models to wear jeans for the first time in Vogue magazine. AdAge named her "Editor of the Year" for her contribution in fashion journalism.

She was appointed as "Officer of the order of the British Empire" by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008. Later in 2013, she was announced as the artistic director of Conde Nast magazine.

In 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art named its Costume Institute Complex after Wintour, which was opened by first lady Michelle Obama and she was created as a "Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire".

She was named as the 39th most powerful woman in the world.

WHAT IS ANNA WINTOUR'S NET WORTH?

Anna Wintour, the leading fashion icon, the editor-in-chief of famous magazine Vogue and the artistic director of Conde Nast, has a net worth of $35 million in 2019. In addition to her net worth, she has a highly coveted position in the world of magazine publishing. She earns a yearly income of $2 million USD.

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