Vogue’s Covers. Anna Wintour Explaining Her Cover Choices

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You may remember I used to moan and frown almost every time a celebrity was on the cover of Vogue magazine. Anna Wintour has made a way of celebrity living for her US edition of Vogue and with every new issue I’m more and more convinced that she was undoubtedly a true visionary.

When the famous Devil wears Prada book proved to be a bestseller and was made a movie (ah! The amazing Meryl Streep!), the portrait of a true FashIron Lady was laid out in the open, before our mortal eyes. Surely the most powerful woman in fashion, Anna showed a gifted eye and unmatched severity reigning chez Vogue.

And as risqué as it may sound – when the Steve Jobs biography was published, a quoted fragment I will cite from my memory said that founder of Apple was a genius but also a tyrant. I’m trying to see the truth between the lines here – all those great personalities, all those great, revolutionary individuals out there seem to be bound to a certain kind of strictness and severity most of us do not understand. And at the end of a long, hard judging day, the simple truth is that they changed the world.

Anna Wintour changed the world. She changed the world of fashion and she continues to do so with every single cover she’s greenlighting for the print. Yes! With celebrities on the cover! An overwhelming percentage of the world’s population is shaped by the media culture. History is made in the media. What else should there be in the printed media other than reflections of the very screens we relentlessly keep on watching? I’d love to hear you out on the matter, I know you have your beautiful minds all set about these issues – all I wish for is that you take it out. Right here, in the comments section! (please watch the video before, though. It’s Anna Wintour’s interview with the CBS. Fashion professionals are a delight. Always.)


#1 keiKo on 12.17.11 at 8:47 pm

I am sorry Anna but there is a huge difference between the celebrities of the nineties & the starlets of today who are the covergirls. Only the huge stars got a cover – like Demi or Julia because movies like Ghost or Pretty Woman where extremely popular. But today’s actress’ make one movie & suddenly they are a fashion icon – Rooney Mara!?
The problem with Vogue covers are they are formulaic & therefore forgettable – IMO.
Finally it is interesting that her favourite cover is the first one from 1989 & then the biggest selling issue is from 1992 – supermodels! Find that creativity again Anna because Vogue has really slipped in the last 10 years.

#2 kpriss on 12.18.11 at 9:44 pm

It’s the new talk of the town. Rooney – think about it – it’s a very interesting choice of a cover – a young actress who won a very controversial part and who’ll be under permanent scrutinity for her interpretation on such sensitive matters as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s ones. I for one think Anna doesn’t go too much for the established celebrity but mostly for those who make the waves. For the fresh air bringers. For the controversial subjects. Both people and issues.

The only Vogue person right now, to stand up to Anna, is, without any shadow of a doubt, Franca. And I’m loving her through and through! I’m loving her authenticity and fashion dedication. However, she would never be as popular as Anna is. At least in the US. Wouldn’t you agree?

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