Nobody tells Oprah what to do … except maybe Vogue editor Anna “Nuclear” Wintour.
In a recent interview with 60 Minutes, Wintour revealed that she suggested O lose 20 pounds before appearing on the cover of Vogue in 1998. Even more interesting: Oprah actually did it.
During the unaired segment, Wintour said, “It was a very gentle suggestion. I went to Chicago to visit Oprah, and I suggested that it might be an idea that she lose a little bit of weight.”
Just a fashion pro, making an aesthetic suggestion? Wintour went on to describe Minnesotans, whom she’d recently seen in the allegedly chubby flesh, as “little houses.” As TresSugar points out, Minneapolis, Minnesota is the third-most fit city in the country. Wintour’s adopted home of NYC? Fifth in the “top fattest cities” contest.
Not exactly the sort of honors Wintour wants to win, especially when she’s about to renegotiate her contract with Vogue. Fashion insiders (heck, fashion outsiders) have been rumbling about the odds that she’ll get ousted, in part because Vogue’s ad pages, like those of most print pubs, is shrinking faster than a teenage model on Master Cleanse.
Another controversial segment included Wintour’s well-known stance on fur: “I love fur! Fur is very much a part of the fashion industry.”
Hilariously, some have suggested that the interview was intended to soften her image. Non-bony animal rights activists probably weren’t charmed.
Should Wintour get the boot, the smart money is on Carine Roitfeld of French Vogue to replace her. A lot of fashion folk feel that Roitfeld’s dangerous aesthetic is more today than Wintour’s celebapalooza. However, what we want to know is, can Roitfeld play Marie Antoinette? Bad economy or no, there’s absolutely no replacement for someone like Wintour, who when asked to explain her sunglasses, said, “I can sit in a show and if I am bored out of my mind, nobody will notice.”