Anna Wintour is an influential figure, to say the least. Her reach is beyond that of just the fashion industry, also encompassing the worlds of entertainment, politics, and even sports. When she has an opinion or supports (or doesn’t support) something, people take note. So much so, that she even influences other influencers! (Ahem, Oprah.) From celebrities’ children’s names to bringing style to the Tony Awards, her powers of persuasion are worth reminiscing upon.
Scroll down to read about all the times public figures did things because of Anna Wintour.
For this year's Tony Awards ceremony, Wintour was enlisted to bring style to the awards by William Ivey Long, head of the American Theatre Wing. As a result, the ceremony’s red carpet was chicer than ever, and even brought a hefty assortment of high-profile models and designers, including Kendall Jenner, Francisco Costa, Bella Hadid, and Prabal Gurung. Additionally, Vogue brought in PR agency KCD Worldwide to dress the stylist-free nominees, making this year’s red carpet infinitely more stylish as a whole.
According to Kardashian, before the birth of their daughter, Wintour told the pair, “North is a genius name.” Thanks to Wintour and Pharrell’s approval, it stuck—they named her North West.
In 2014, Lively was set to grace the August 2014 cover of Vogue. The star didn’t think her impending website Preserve was ready to make its debut, but she’s said she couldn’t call Wintour and tell her it wasn’t ready. As a result, Lively launched the site it before it was ready, to coincide with her Vogue cover.
Back in 1998, Oprah Winfrey was set for the cover of the October issue of Vogue. When Wintour was asked during a 60 Minutes interview if the rumours were true that she urged Winfrey to lose 20 pounds prior to the cover shoot, she said "It was a very gentle suggestion." Winfrey lost the weight and became the first African-American celebrity to be on the cover of the glossy.
In the spring of 2014, the first lady attended the unveiling of the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to cutting the ribbon at the ceremony, Obama even made a speech, saying, “The truth is I am here today because of Anna. I am here because I have such respect and admiration for this woman who I am proud to call my friend.” Enough said.
While celebrity-laden magazine covers are now the norm, that wasn’t always the case. American Vogue made a bold move when it featured an elegant Renee Zellweger on the cover of its September 1998 issue in a stunning red gown, under Wintour’s direction. The rest is history.
Teigen’s stunning St. John gown at this year’s Met Gala met the approval of Wintour. That’s all Teigen needed to make the decision to wear it to the fashion-centric annual event. According to Yahoo! Style, Teigen said “Anna OKed it.” And “Whatever Anna wants, I’m happy!”
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