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Anna Wintour is best known as the influential editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, and for her iconic pageboy haircut and large sunglasses.
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She has a limo. And she has her walkers [Vogue staff members] Andre Leon Talley and Hamish Bowles, whose main job is to carry her bits around for her."
In 2006, plans were announced to allow a documentary film to be made about the work done behind the scenes on Vogue's September 2007 issue. Weighing nearly five pounds, the issue of the magazine was the largest ever to be published. The movie, entitled The September Issue, was released in August 2009. The movie showed,
for the first time, the exacting work required to produce an issue of Vogue. Touted as "the real Devil Wears Prada," the movie received wide critical acclaim. However, Wintour came across as much subdued than the Meryl Streep imitation of her. One critic described the famous editor as possessing "regal confidence."
In general, Wintour appears unfazed by comments about her in the media. But what doesn't seem to get much mention is her charitable work. Wintour helped raise money for the Twin Towers fund after the September 11th terror attacks. With the Council of Fashion Designers of America, she also helped create a new fund to encourage and support up-and-coming designers. Each year, she also organizes a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's costume department, which over the years has brought in some $50 million.
Starting in 2009, Wintour launched her New York City economic stimulus project with the Vogue-sponsored Fashion's Night Out. The annual event, held in different stores across the city in September, lets the general public shop and mingle with some of the elite personalities of the fashion world, including Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger and Wintour herself. Stars, such as Halle Berry and Sarah Jessica Parker, have also turned out for this fashion celebration.
Wintour has also thrown herself into politics. In February 2012, she co-hosted a fundraising event for President Barack Obama with actress Scarlett Johansson. This "Runway to Win" soiree offered up Obama-themed fashions and accessories from such designers as Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch. “The runway is no longer just a runway, it’s now a force for change in politics,” Wintour told The New York Times.
She and husband David Shaffer divorced in 1999. The couple has two children together: Charles and Katherine. She lives in New York City with her longtime boyfriend, investor Shelby Bryan.
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