As gentle as she could be about the matter, the editor informed Oprah that she'd need to lose 20 pounds before she would put her on the cover of her magazine.And early in 2008, when Hillary Clinton snubbed out of fears that appearing too feminine might undermine her presidential ambitions, Wintour fired back at the Clinton camp with a letter in the February issue of her magazine."The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying," she wrote. It's also 2008: Margaret Thatcher may have looked terrific in a blue power suit, but that was 20 years ago.
"The thing about Lauren's book and this film is that I do not think fiction could surpass the reality," a UK fashion editor told a reporter around the time of the movie's release.
Grumblings about Wintour's changes were quick to appear, but her bosses at Condé Nast were clearly behind her, doling out a salary of more than 0,000 to its demanding editor, and allowing a ,000 annual allowance for clothes and other amenities.
In addition, the magazine's owners arranged for Concorde flights between New York and London so Wintour and her husband could be together., allowing for her return to New York.
There, Wintour essentially became the magazine's fashion department, cutting her teeth as a high-end editor and manager.
Wintour spent generously on photographers and shoots, arranging for expensive trips to places like the Caribbean and Japan. From the start, Wintour displayed her own sense of style and direction, even going so far as to bring her own desk to her new office. She wants to know what and why and where and how." Wintour's sharp critiques and lack of patience soon earned a few memorable nicknames: "Nuclear Wintour" and "Wintour of Our Discontent." The editor, though, relished it.
She helped make the careers of such designers as Marc Jacobs and Alexander Mc Queen.