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‘Women Rule!’

Anna Wintour discusses women, politics, and a year of firsts for Vogue

By WITW Staff on February 11, 2017

With fashion industry sales dwindling and political activism on the rise as New York Fashion Week kicked off this week, Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the magazine’s upcoming March issue and what to expect next for both the magazine and the industry.

Images of Vogue’s March issue cover feature a group of ethnically diverse models, plus-size model Ashley Graham among them. Emblazoned across the cover is the phrase, “Women Rule!” Headlines below celebrated Vogue’s 125th anniversary, as well as “The Beauty Revolution” in which “no norm is the new norm.” Graham’s inclusion marks the first time a plus-size model has graced the cover of Vogue (she appeared on the cover of the January edition of Vogue U.K.) — and in another first for the magazine, the issue will also reportedly boast no socialites or celebrities in its pages.

“I think women have been on everybody’s mind after recent results,” said Wintour, referring to the 2016 election. “It seemed to us that it was time to celebrate and be positive and optimistic and say, ‘look at all these incredibly talented people we have working not only in fashion but in every possible walk of life.’”

The recent present political climate, Wintour predicted, would lead to an outpouring of creativity from designers during the next few years. “Designers don’t live in a vacuum, they are not blind to what’s going on,” Wintour explained. By the end of the year, she added, Vogue’s goal is to celebrate the stories of 125 different women in the fashion industry.

Wintour, who recently apologized for criticizing Donald Trump, also spoke about why Vogue made its first ever presidential endorsement on behalf of Hillary Clinton last year, and discussed the possibility of featuring first lady Melania Trump in future issues.

Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.


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