Well! I feel like this book probably needs no introduction and I cannot think of a biography more revalvent to the interests of this readership, but just in case:
This definitive biography of Anna Wintour follows the steep climb of an ambitious young woman who would—with singular and legendary focus—become one of the most powerful people in media.
As a child, Anna Wintour was a tomboy with no apparent interest in clothing but, seduced by the miniskirts and bob haircuts of swinging 1960s London, she grew into a fashion-obsessed teenager. Her father, an influential newspaper editor, loomed large in her life, and once he decided she should become editor-in-chief of Vogue, she never looked back.
Impatient to start her career, she left high school and got a job at a trendy boutique in London—an experience that would be the first of many defeats. Undeterred, she found work in the competitive world of magazines, eventually embarking on a journey to New York and a battle to ascend, no matter who or what stood in her way. Once she was crowned editor-in-chief of Vogue—in one of the stormiest transitions in fashion magazine history—she continued the fight to retain her enviable position, ultimately rising to dominate all of Condé Nast.
Based on extensive interviews with Anna Wintour’s closest friends and collaborators, including some of the biggest names in fashion, journalist Amy Odell has crafted the most revealing portrait of Wintour ever published. Weaving Anna’s personal story into a larger narrative about the hierarchical dynamics of the fashion industry and the complex world of Condé Nast, Anna charts the relentless ambition of the woman who would become an icon.
Boom! I know Amy from our days back at New York, and this is such a thrilling accomplishment; I’m so excited for her that it’s finally out and about in the world. I’m thrilled to have a copy of this book to give away to one of you! (Also, that’s an affiliate link to Amazon up there.)
THE TASK: As usual, I’ll be picking the winner at random. To enter, please share the following: If you could ask Anna Wintour ONE QUESTION and she would be compelled by magic to answer you honestly, what would that question be?
THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday. FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. (Open to US and Canadian readers only; all prizing courtesy of the publisher.)