She is the eldest daughter of Charles Wintour, editor of the London Evening Standard. Anna became interested in fashion as a teenager. Her father consulted her on how to make the newspaper relevant to the youth of the era. Her career in fashion journalism began at two British magazines. Later she moved to the United States, with stints at New York and House & Garden. She returned home for a year to turn around British Vogue, and later assumed control of the franchise's magazine in New York, reviving what many saw as a stagnating publication. Her use of the magazine to shape the fashion industry has been the subject of debate within it. Animal rights activists have attacked her for promoting fur, while other critics have charged her with using the magazine to promote elitist views of femininity and beauty.
A former personal assistant, Lauren Weisberger, wrote the 2003 bestselling roman à clef The Devil Wears Prada, later made into a successful film starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a fashion editor widely believed to be based on Wintour. In 2009 she was the focus of another film, R.J. Cutler's documentary The September Issue.
I met Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington at the Burberry Spring/Summer show last year, I just very politely walked up to them and said hello, Anna shot me a look like “and you are” but then smiled and said, hello, enjoy the show. I thought I would just melt.
La Wintour has a litany of accomplishments, far too many to list here, my wish is to continue to blog and have Vogue mentor me either through the marketing department or through Andre Leon Talley. As it stands now, I am a nobody in the fashion world trying to be someone…(fingers crossed)