In 1998, editor-in-chief Anna Wintour made the "gentle suggestion" to Oprah Winfrey that she lose 20 pounds in order to be on the cover of Vogue. According to Wintour, Oprah agreed and went on a "stringent diet", resulting in one of Vogue's "most successful covers ever". Oprah was the first black celebrity to be featured on the cover. Read more gentleness from Anna Wintour after the jump.
With yesterday's news that Aretha Franklin was allegedly "insulted" by Jenny Craig's invitation to be their spokesperson, I can't help but imagine Anna Wintour giving the same weight-loss "advice" to the Queen of Soul. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that Aretha would have had a slightly different reaction than Oprah did.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Wintour discusses her conversation with Oprah during an unaired segment of an upcoming 60 Minutes interview. Other soul-affirming quotes from the Wintour interview include:
- On her defense of Photoshop: "That's one of the things that makes me rather angry, that I don't understand," she said. "That if you look wonderful, does that make you less important? Less powerful? Less serious?"
One of things that makes me rather angry is that some people believe women need to be Photoshopped in order to look wonderful.
- "I'd just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses," Wintour said. "There's such an epidemic of obesity in the United States, and for some reason,
everybody focuses on anorexia."
Calling people "little houses" pretty makes everything that follows sound like "blah-blah-blah-blah-blah", but I'll press on. I suppose the fact that there are entire industries that glorify the anorexic and seemingly-anorexic image couldn't possibly have anything to do with what "everybody focuses on."
Whatever, Anna Wintour.