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Published on February 19th, 2012 | by Yellow Magpie


Anna Wintour: Quotes About Vogue’s Controversial Editor


Anna Wintour Quotes

Here is  a selection of Anna Wintour quotes from those who know her.

‘She would go to the opening of an envelope.’ Vivienne Lasky, childhood friend.

‘Anna happens to be a friend of mine, a fact which is of absolutely no help in coping with the cold panic that grips me whenever we meet.’ Barbara Amiel.

Anna’s not someone who takes you in hand. It’s more she throws you in the water and you’ll either sink or swim.‘ Laurie Schecter, former assistant.

When I was a media reporter, there were many high-profile editors, and God knows they had big egos, but you could still get them on the phone … Remnick, Carter, Fuller, even Martha Stewart. But Wintour? She just never talked to peons like us … It was beneath her. And all the while I’m thinking, “Who is this skank?” Peter Braunstein.

She plays up this aristocratic, Marie Antoinette “Let them eat cake” routine, but, excuse me, can I get some proof that she holds a title of nobility that goes back to the 13th century? No. All she does is edit a magazine. That’s it. So what’s with the royalty routine? . . . I mean, for Christ’s sake, the woman slept with Bob Marley, one of the most soulful people ever to walk the face of the earth. If that didn’t spiritualise her, nothing would … Wintour will be escorted by eunuchs to a place in hell run entirely by large rats.‘ Peter Braunstein.

Anna Wintour Quotes Photo By Karin Bar

At some stage in her career, Anna Wintour stopped being Anna Wintour and became “Anna Wintour”, at which point, like wings of a stately home, she closed off large sections of her personality to the public.‘ Emma Brockes.

The notion that Anna would want something done “now” and not “shortly” is accurate.‘ Barbara Amiel.

[Her] unwavering ability to look as if she lives within the pages of her magazine has a sort of honesty to it, proof that, whatever one thinks about it, the lifestyle peddled by Vogue is at least physically possible’ Emma Brockes.

In a sea of women’s glossies that purport to be about fashion but publish earnest articles chronicling the author’s quest for self-actualization, Vogue stands apart. The voluminous fashion pages are arty, original, and sophisticated, shot by talented photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel.

Most of us read Vogue not with the intention of buying the wildly expensive clothes, but because doing so educates our eye and hones our taste, similar to the way eating gourmet food refines the palate. This is a pleasure enabled by Wintour’s ruthless aesthetic, her refusal to participate in the democratizing tendency of most of her competitors. To deny her that privilege is to deny her readers the privilege of fantasy in the form of beautifully photographed Paris couture.‘ Amanda Fortini.

Visit to read some more Anna Wintour quotes at Wikiquote.

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