8 Life Lessons From Anna Wintour
There’s a lot we can learn from the new film The September Issue, which follows the larger-than-life Vogue editor.
– Carrie Seim
Anna Wintour, the inspiration behind Meryl Streep‘s character in The Devil Wears Prada and editor-in-chief of American Vogue, has been called many things in her exquisite existence. But with the release of the splendid and fascinating documentary, The September Issue, we can finally judge Anna for ourselves.
The film follows the bobbed beauty queen as she builds the 840-page September 2007 issue of Vogue. Whether you think she’s an ice princess or a business king – a success story or a cautionary tale – there’s no doubt we can all learn a lot from Anna.
1. Be decisive!
More than any other facet of the enigmatic editor, Anna’s decisiveness stands out like a Walmart bathrobe at a Paris couture show. She names it as her biggest strength during the film’s credits. (When asked her biggest weakness, she answers, “My children.” We’re hoping she meant that in a good way??)
Anna never for a moment questions her own judgment as she ruthlessly “edits” racks of clothes, photo shoots and even staffers.
While she may seem harsh or even cruel, she’s making an impressive power play. Women all too often hem and haw their way through life, rather than exercising the “courage of their convictions,” as Julia Child put it… a bit more eloquently.