Met Gala Co-Chair Anna Wintour: What to Know About Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief

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Anna Wintour is once again the honorary co-chair of the Met Gala.

The Vogue editor, 72 – whose life as an enigmatic fashion icon was recently chronicled in a new book, ‘Anna: The Biography’ – has been at the helm of the magazine since 1988. She is also co-chaired the Met Gala for many years. The first time was in 1995.

Known for her signature bob cut and dark sunglasses, the British-born journalist’s career has spawned countless articles charting her rise to one of the most important positions in the fashion editorial world since she started making her way to the top of the totem pole in London in the 1960s.

Here’s what you need to know about Anna Wintour:

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Youth

At first, Anna Wintour’s life stemmed from a literary education since her father, Charles Wintour, proved himself as editor of the “Evening Standard” in London, a position he held from 1959 to 1976.

Meanwhile, Wintour’s brother Patrick is the diplomatic editor of The Guardian. She credited Patrick with learning the methods of being a “great journalist”.

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Wintour quickly rose through the ranks of fashion journalism after stints at New York Magazine and House and Garden before landing the post of editor-in-chief of British Vogue – which she held from 1985 to 1987 before taking over entirely. Vogue imprint.

She has also worked at Viva and Savvy, as well as at Harper’s & Queen, where she worked as an editorial assistant. Wintour then joined Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked as a junior fashion editor.

Anna Wintour is once again the honorary co-chair of the Met Gala.
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Successful career and multi-million dollar net worth

These days, Wintour is estimated to be around $35 million.

She is also said to have the final say on anything printed in Vogue. In 1989, Wintour reshaped the future of high fashion magazine covers when Vogue published its May issue which featured the controversial Madonna as its main draw. It was the first time a celebrity graced the coveted cover.

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At the time, the issue only cost readers $3.00 on newsstands.

The high fashion maven is reported to have attended over 3,000 fashion shows during her time at Vogue.

The mind behind the Met Gala

As artistic director of his publisher Condé Nast, the more specific details of the famous Met Gala, which takes place each year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with the museum’s Costume Institute on the first Monday in May, are decided by Wintour.

Wintour would have the ultimate signature on the high profile guest list and seating plan.

The May 2 Met Gala is part two of “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” — this year’s subtheme is “Guilded Glamour.”

She co-chaired the Met Gala for many years.  The first time was in 1995.
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She co-chaired the Met Gala for many years. The first time was in 1995.
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Mistakes made: “I take full responsibility”

Wintour has a reputation for being equal parts demanding and controversial, not only for her penchant for donning precious furs, but also due to allegations of racial inequality as part of Condé Nast, which Wintour acknowledged in a open letter to its employees in June 2020. .

In a moving note to staff at the time, Wintour wrote: “I want to start by acknowledging your feelings and expressing my empathy for what so many of you are going through: sadness, pain and anger too.

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“I want to say this especially to the black members of our team – I can only imagine what those days were like. But I also know that the pain, violence and injustice that we see and talk about exists. for a long time. Recognizing it and doing something about it is too late.

“I want to make it clear that I know Vogue hasn’t found enough ways to elevate and give space to black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators. We’ve also made mistakes, posting images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for those errors.”

Wintour would have the final say on the high-level guest list and seating plan.

Wintour would have the final say on the high-level guest list and seating plan.
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Wintour added, “It can’t be easy being a black employee at Vogue, and there are too few of you. I know it’s not enough to say we’ll do better, but we will – and know that I appreciate your voices and responses as we move forward I am listening and would love to hear your comments and advice if you would like to share either.

“I am proud of the content we have published on our site over the past few days but I also know that there is still a lot of work to do. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I am making sure we can have a frank discussion of these questions together, but in the meantime, I welcome your thoughts or reactions.”

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