Anna Wintour is the editor of Vogue magazine.
Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada is based on Anna Wintour. I couldn’t read The Devil Wears Prada because I kept thinking, “no one is actually like this.” I did like the movie because Meryl Streep’s character is so over the top. Then I saw the documentary, The September Issue which tells the story of Anna Wintour and what Vogue goes through to get out the GIANT September issue. Apparently Meryl Streep was being charitable in her portrayal.
Anna Wintour gives new meaning to the word “perfectionist”. She has a critical editorial eye and a glacial personality, she doesn’t appear to have a sense of humor nor much body mass.
You may well ask, “Maggie, what has Anna Wintour done to piss you off so royally?”
I will tell you. I’m mad at Anna Wintour because she is at the top of the food chain. Vogue sets the look and the “look” trickles down to Women’s Wear Daily, Cosmo, Glamour, Elle, Mademoiselle, Marie Claire, Seventeen, and so on. I stopped reading women’s fashion magazines decades ago because I didn’t need to pay money to feel bad about my body. Of course back then I was minute and didn’t realize how good I had it.
I’m not the first woman to decry the fashion industry’s and society’s warped view of what a “thin”, healthy female should look like; I just happen to be the one that was in American Apparel (by the way great store and all product is made in the U.S.) with her 13-year-old daughter last night when said daughter melted down because she didn’t look good in the shorts she was trying on, her stomach looked “bad” and we had to leave the store in tears.
This is a photo of my chunky daughter in Palm Springs last month:
Here are some models from Vogue’s Spring 2013 runway:
I’m not going to attempt to address eating disorder issues that stem from this “ideal”. When I was in high school in the early ’80s, anorexia and bulimia were just coming into vogue (pun very much intended). I played with barfing and got myself down to 98 lbs so I was the thinnest girl on the tennis team. I then decided I was hungry and just went back to my normal eating habits. One of my school chums died at the ripe old age of 32 from multiple organ failure due to anorexia. There are many writers on and off WordPress who can speak knowledgeably about the causes, behaviors, and therapies for eating disorders. I just know one of the causes is the fashion world telling us that being 5’10” and a size 2 is a reasonable size for a woman.
For a couple of months now I have been thinking about shutting this blog down and starting a new one. Once the wedding is over, that is exactly what I’m going to do. I don’t write much about weight issues or dieting and it punched me in the face yesterday that I’m not fat. I’m a small framed woman with big boobs. If I want my girls to not hate their bodies, I must lead by example. Enough is enough.
I talked Miss Brigid down and we got her some shorts last night. She is so beautiful and has no idea. Thanks Ms. Wintour.