Shock news! Anna Wintour might be human after all! On a US chat show this week she admitted being totally out of her depth when she first took over as US Vogue Editor.
Wintour remembered the shock that greeted her first cover in November 1988, when she used an out-take of a fashion shoot showing an Israeli model in – wait for it! – jeans for the cover. ‘I remember the printers called us up because they thought we’d made a mistake – just wanting to check that that actually was the cover!’ Wintour said on a CBS news channel.
Despite the criticism Wintour says she had to trust herself to go with her gut instinct. ‘I just said, “Well let’s just try this.” And off we went. It was just very natural. To me it just said: “This is something new. This is something different.”
Nonetheless, Wintour admitted that at times she felt overwhelmed by being put in that position of power. ‘I didn’t know anything,’ she said of her early years. She forced herself to trust her instinct, which included putting celebrities on the cover of the fashion tome for the first time.
‘I remember getting quite a bit of criticism for my first Madonna cover. And you know, “She’ll never sell.”’ Except it did sell – and sell a lot. ‘It was something extraordinary, like 40 percent increase on the newsstands. So that was an eye-opener to all of us,’ revealed Wintour. Which perhaps explains why she’s now been editing the title for 23 years.