Aspiring to be an editor in chief of a popular magazine? Think you have what it takes to be responsible for all the operations and policies of a publication? I’m sure many people have the same dreams as you do, but there is so much more to becoming an editor in chief that I’m sure most don’t know. Anna Wintour is one the most popular names when it comes to magazines, but what got her to where she is now?
It all started for her when she was 15 and her father made her get a job at a local boutique. The year after that she started training at Harrod’s, which is the one of the largest department stores in the world, while taking fashion classes at a nearby school. In 1970, Harper’s Bazaar UK merged with Queen to become Harper’s & Queen and that’s when Wintour was hired as one if it’s first editorial assistants. As she continued her career in fashion journalism, she told her co workers that she would love to edit Vogue. After a couple disagreements with her boss at the time, she picked up and moved to New York City with her boyfriend.
Arriving in her new home of NYC, Wintour started working at Harper’s Bazaar. Although hardworking, Wintour was fired just after 9 months of working there. In 1978, after breaking up with her boyfriend, she started a relationship with a French record producer Michel Esteban, splitting her time between New York and Paris for 2 years. The next year she became fashion editor of New York.
When her fashion sense started getting attention from everyone, a former colleague arranged an interview with Vogue editor Grace Mirabella. The interview didn’t go so well when Wintour flat out told Mirabella that she wanted her job.
In 1986, Wintour returned to London as chief editor of British Vogue and had her own view of what she wanted for the magazine. Wintour told London Daily Telegraph ” I want Vogue to be pacy, sharp and sexy, I’m not interested in the super- rich or infinitely leisured. I want our readers to be energetic, executive women, with money of their own and a wide range of interests.”
In 1988, she was named editor in chief of Vogue. Getting beat by Elle for a few years, Wintour did everything she could to revitalize her publication and she accomplished her mission. She was able to restore Vogue’s preeminence while producing some amazing magazines. Wintour became a force in the fashion world by breaking in new designers and celebrating their styles. She helped create the careers of top designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen.
Despite all the criticism she has received from other editor in chiefs and people in the business, Wintour is one of the most successful editors in the business. Wintour currently resides in NYC with her longtime boyfriend.