Anna Wintour, OBE, is the British editor-in-chief of American Vogue, a position she has held since 1988. In 2013, she was also named artistic director for Condé Nast, Vogue's parent company.
With her trademark bob haircut and sunglasses, Wintour has become an important and iconic figure in the fashion world, widely praised for her eye for trends and her support for young designers. Her reportedly aloof and demanding personality has earned her the nickname "Nuclear Wintour."
She is the eldest daughter of Charles Wintour, former editor of the London Evening Standard. Her father consulted her on how to make the newspaper relevant to the youth of the era. Wintour became interested in fashion as a teenager. Her career in fashion journalism began at two British magazines, before she moved to the United States and completed stints at New York and House & Garden. She returned home for a year to turn around British Vogue, and later assumed control of Condé Nast's flagship magazine in United States, reviving what many saw as a stagnating publication. Her use of the magazine to shape the fashion industry has been the subject of much debate. 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 best selling roman à clef 'The Devil Wears Prada', later made into a successful film starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a fashion editor believed to be based on Wintour. In 2009, she was the focus of another film, R.J. Cutler's documentary The September Issue.
Wintour is one of four siblings. Her older brother, Gerald, died in a traffic accident as a child. One of her younger brothers, Patrick, is also a journalist, currently political editor of The Guardian.
Wintour was educated at the independent North London Collegiate School, where she frequently rebelled against the dress code by taking up the hemlines of her skirts. At the age of 14, she began wearing her hair in a bob. She developed an interest in fashion as a regular viewer of Cathy McGowan on Ready Steady Go!, and from the issues of Seventeen her grandmother sent from America. "Growing up in London in the '60s, you'd have to have had Irving Penn's sack over your head not to know something extraordinary was happening in fashion", she recalled.
Editor-in-Chief, Vogue US 1988 - Present, New York, United States
Editor-in-Chief, US 1987 - 1988, New York, United States
Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue 1985 - 1987, London, United Kingdom