Anna Wintour’s Alleged Feuds: A Closer Look at the Fashion Icon’s Controversies

Anna Wintour: A Formidable Figure in Fashion

Anna Wintour, the influential editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, is celebrated for her immense impact on the fashion industry.

However, her reputation is not without controversy, with many perceiving her as aloof and formidable.

Some even draw parallels between her and Meryl Streep’s character, Miranda Priestly, in “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Kim Kardashian’s ‘Snub’ and a Pattern of Disagreements

Recent events at Victoria Beckham’s 2024 Spring/Summer show during Paris Fashion Week saw Anna Wintour allegedly ‘snubbing’ Kim Kardashian, sparking cringe-worthy moments.

But Kim is not the only one rumored to have clashed with the iconic editor.

A list of famous names, including Edward Enninful, Tim Gunn, Giorgio Armani, Billy Porter, and even rapper Drake, have reportedly experienced disagreements with ‘Nuclear Wintour.’

Edward Enninful: Ambitions and Mentorship

Edward Enninful, who was set to replace Anna at the helm of British Vogue, is rumored to have been pushed aside by his mentor.

Anna’s determination to retain her position allegedly led to tensions. Edward’s departure in 2024 will see him taking on a ‘global advisory position’ at Vogue, offering creative freedom.

Andre Leon Talley: A Complex Relationship

Anna’s relationship with late fashion icon Andre Leon Talley was characterized as complex.

His memoir described ‘huge emotional and psychological scars’ after Anna commented on his weight. Despite their complicated past, Anna paid tribute to her close friend upon his passing, emphasizing their enduring bond.

Tim Gunn’s Fear and Elevator Anecdote

“Project Runway” host Tim Gunn once confessed to being fearful of Anna Wintour, recounting an incident where she refused to use a public elevator, leading to her being carried downstairs by bodyguards.

His revelation caused a stir, and Vogue sought a retraction, which Gunn declined.

Billy Porter’s Critique and Controversial Vogue Cover

Billy Porter criticized Anna Wintour’s editorial decision to feature Harry Styles on the cover of US Vogue in November 2020.

He questioned the choice of a ‘straight, white male’ for the magazine’s first gender-neutral cover. Porter later apologized to Harry but continued to express concerns about representation.

Giorgio Armani’s Public Denouncement

Fashion heavyweight Giorgio Armani openly criticized Anna for skipping his fall 2014 show to attend Paris Fashion Week.

Armani held a press conference to denounce her absence, stating that it was unprofessional.

Anna’s influence was acknowledged, but the incident sparked tension.

Drake and 21 Savage’s Legal Battle with Vogue

In a surprising turn of events, rappers Drake and 21 Savage faced a lawsuit from Condé Nast after distributing fake Vogue mock-ups to promote their album.

The lawsuit sought $4 million in damages. While the case was settled out of court, Drake later featured an AI-generated image resembling Anna during a performance, adding to the controversy.

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