She’s renowned as one of the most formidable women in fashion. But Vogue editor Anna Wintour finally broke into a smile as she was made a Dame Commander by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The 67 year old grinned after she was given the honour for services to fashion and journalism. Asked what she talked about with the Queen, she said she had said a thank you to Prince Philip as he announced he was retiring from royal duties at the age of 95.

However, while she had to remove her trademark oversized sunglasses while receiving the honour from Her Majesty, Anna had them back on again for a photocall outside the palace.

Mother of two Anna was joined by her proud daughter Bee Shaffer, 29, for the ceremony.

She also revealed that the Queen had had difficulty trying to attach her medal to the pink Chanel coat she chose to wore for the ceremony. Perhaps the bouclé material was a little thick to be able to get the pin through.

Sense of style

Anna was born in London and is the daughter of Charles Wintour, who once edited the London Evening Standard. Anna credits her father with deciding that she should work in fashion, and getting her a stint at fashion house Biba. She also went to fashion college, but dropped out, saying that you either know fashion or you don’t.

She started her career in journalism at Harpers & Queen in the Seventies before heading to Condé Nast as creative director of American Vogue. In America, she also worked on New York magazine and House & Garden.

She has also edited British Vogue before heading back to America as editor in chief. She has now been the editor of American Vogue for nearly three decades.

Famously enigmatic, Anna is credited with turning American Vogue into one of the leading fashion magazines on the planet. She is rumoured to be paid more than $2m a year, and to recieve a generous shopping budget on top of that.

Movie inspiration

She is widely believed to have been the woman who the character of Miranda is based on in the blockbuster movie The Devil Wears Prada. The film was based on a book which was penned by Anna’s former personal assistant Lauren Weisberger, which details her micro style of management.

While Anna has received praise for the support she gives to younger designers, she is also seen as difficult to work for and has been given the nickname Nuclear Wintour.




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