Forbes magazine released their annual list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women yesterday and even though it undoubtedly is a pretty inspiring list it brings no big surprises (other than this: no Pippa Middleton?! *joke*) Politicians, world leaders and company CEOs dominate with Germany's Angela Merkel topping the list, followed by Hilary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. First Lady Michelle Obama is at 8, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at 5 and Google Vice President Marissa Mayer at 42 followed by some Brits you might have heard of like the Queen at 49 and Queen of Hogwarts J.K. Rowling at 61. So, what about some of Planet Fashion's most notable residents? Well, Supreme Ruler and Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, Her Highness Ms Anna Wintour can be found, avec sunglasses, at number 69, ever so slightly behind supermodel Gisele at 60 and Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts at 58 but ahead of Signora Miuccia Prada at 79 and D to the V to the F Diane von Furstendberg at 91. Most impressively of all? Queen of Our Hearts and Minds Beyonce is at a super-duper-who-run-the-world (GIRLS!) 18! And then there's someone called Lady Gaga at 11 and some Angelina Jolie at 29 but we won't bore you with them. 'But what's up with all the step-off-my-pavement gloomy pics of Anna, Grazia Daily?', we hear you ask. Meet us below.
Well, readers - Ms Wintour gave an interview to Forbes where she denied that some may find her intimidating saying, 'Well, I don’t think of myself as intimidating and I assure you all the people that work with me on a day-to-day basis don’t think that either. I think that’s just something that’s been fabricated by the media and, as you well know, once something is out there, particularly in today’s world, it just gets exaggerated. I keep my head down and do the job to the best of my ability.' That's our Anna! More usefully, she went on to describe what she's looking for in a young designer. 'I think all of us at Vogue are always looking for talent and we're also looking for someone who has a head on their shoulders and that understand that being talented is obviously important but that you also have to have a sense of business and that being creative and commercial are two words that can work together.' And which covers of the magazine have been the most important to her? 'I've been very lucky to put women that I, sincerely, admire on the cover of Vogue. We were so lucky to have the then First Lady, now Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on the cover and then, more recently, the First Lady Michelle Obama and, you know, those are, I think, benchmarks for the magazine and certainly covers that I'm very very proud of!' Forbes' 2 and 8, not bad, Ms Wintour! We sincerely hope you take a look at the list and pick some more big names from it.
And a final word of advice? 'Just be true to yourself, and listen as much as one is able to to other people whose opinions you respect and look up to but in the end it has to come from you. You can’t really worry too much by looking to the left and the right about what the competition is doing or what other people in your field are doing. It has to be a true vision.' So, inspiring? Absolutely. Intimidating? Well, maybe a little but never while watching the tennis!
- Kiki Georgiou