Anna Wintour is originally from England and a member of the British aristocracy. Her father was the editor of the Evening Standard newspaper, and he would consult with Anna when she was a teen on how to make the paper more appealing to the younger generation. She became interested in fashion as a teenager and worked as a fashion journalist for a couple of British magazines before moving to the US to try writing on this side of the pond. In 1985, she moved back to London and became editor of Vogue magazine, then hopped back to New York in 1987 and took over the US version which was struggling at the time. Her opinions have sparked controversy, from elitism to promoting the wearing of animal fur. ‘Nuclear Wintour’ is considered to be one of the most powerful people in fashion, likewise she is infamous for being a difficult boss, and the book and film The Devil Wears Prada chronicles a former assistant’s experiences working for her. Wintour was granted the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008. She has 2 children. Wintour is a trustee of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, has raised over $10 million for AIDS charities and started the CFDA/Vogue Fund to mentor unknown fashion designers. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 140 lbs.
Anna Wintour’s Diet
Wintour is notoriously prejudiced against excess fat, and even told Oprah Winfrey and other stars they’d have to lose weight before appearing on the cover of Vogue. She eats very few carbs, but instead sticks to proteins such as beef, eggs, and fish. She won’t touch junk food, and doesn’t care for broccoli, but loves avocados and her Starbucks coffee. She prefers her water to sparkle.
- Low Carb 10% 10%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
- High Protein 60% 60%
AM Fuel Up
Wintour’s breakfast is a venti coffee from Starbucks. She has sometimes been known to go to a shop herself rather than send a minion to fetch it.
Wintour dislikes being disturbed during meals and usually turns off her flip-phone so she can eat in peace.
Wintour often has a steak or bun-less burger for lunch. Alternatives include scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
Wintour is a card-carrying carnivore who still wears fur, but she also has a salad every day for fiber and micronutrients.
A K.I.S.S. Plan
Wintour’s diet is nothing if not simple: she eats more or less the same things every day. Even at 70, she’s still slim as ever.
The Ice Queen’s favorite indulgence will come as no surprise: coffee ice cream.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Anything high in carbs
Wintour On Mental Health
‘Mental health is an area where people are embarrassed…but mental health, I feel, is something that you have to talk about.’
Wintour On Looking Her Best
‘It’s very important to me that I look good when I go out publicly.’
Wintour On One-Upping
‘If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better.’
Wintour On Making Mistakes
‘Imperfection is fine.’
Wintour On Fashion
‘Fashion is ceaselessly fascinating because it is an expression of self.
Anna Wintour’s Fitness Routine
Wintour plays tennis every morning for an hour before heading off to work where she has her hair and makeup professionally done.
More Than Just Exercise
Wintour’s passion for tennis goes deeper than simple exercise. She loves the sport, critiques professionals, and one of her happy places is Wimbledon. She says she would even make a documentary film about it.
Tennis is a full-body exercise that can burn up to 600 calories per hour. More importantly, Wintour has developed a routine that she sticks to without fail, which is the most important part of any exercise plan.
Exercise Workout Style
An Anna Wintour Routine
Tennis: 1 hr/day.
Exercise first thing so you have no excuse for missing it.
Wintour On How Often She Plays Tennis
‘As often as I can.’
Wintour On Whom She Would Pick As A Tennis Partner
‘Mixed doubles, Roger Federer; women’s doubles, Serena Williams.’
Wintour On What She Loves About Tennis
Wintour On The Best Tennis Final Ever
‘Roddick against Federer, Wimbledon 2009.’
Wintour On Another Sport She Would Consider Playing
Anna Wintour’s Supplements
Wintour has her diet down to a science, but by limiting her choices, she may be missing out on some nutrients and so a multivitamin wouldn’t be a bad idea. Although Wintour does engage in weight-bearing exercise through her daily tennis, supplementing with vitamin D and calcium is still wise for post-menopausal women to help keep bones strong.
Anna Wintour’s Lifestyle
Wintour goes to bed no later than 10:15 every night, and is up at 5 am every day for her early morning tennis session. She also likes to be early to fashion shows and says she often gets her best ideas there. She does not like it when people are late.
A Rebel From the Beginning
Wintour was known to rebel against her school’s dress code and wore her skirts shorter than allowed.
Daddy Knows Best
Wintour’s father got her her first job at an important boutique in London, and her parents both influenced her to take fashion classes after high school. But she soon quit them, saying that you either understand fashion or you don’t.
Find A Style & Stick With It
Wintour has been wearing her hair in its signature bob since she was 14 years old. At 15, she started dating influential older men. Her sunglasses are corrective, and she suffers from poor vision like her father.
One Fashion Rule
Wintour says the one thing she’ll never wear is head-to-toe black.
Wintour On The 60s Fashion Scene
‘Growing up in London in the sixties, you’d have to have had Irving Penn’s sack over you head not to know something extraordinary was happening in fashion.’
Wintour On Her Vocation
‘I think my father really decided for me that I should work in fashion.’
Wintour On Her Life Outside Of Work
‘I don’t have a high-powered life outside of work. I like to go to the country for the weekend with the kids and the dog and play tennis. I am very good at turning off.’
Wintour On Selfies
‘I’ve never taken a selfie and I don’t plan to start now.’
Wintour On Her Iconic Sunglasses
‘I think at this point they’ve become, you know, really armor.’
Wintour On Rumors About Her
‘They’re all true.’
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