Earlier this week, the editor of American Vogue Anna Wintour co-hosted a Presidential fundraiser, with a 1% twist. At least some of the fundraising activities appear to be illegal.
This is not Wintour’s first foray into the world of politics; she’s known to champion powerful women. In 2006 she profiled Aayan Hirsi Ali, probably the single most remarkable woman in the world today. Pamella Geller ripped the profile to pieces, and Vogue recently featured a book review showcasing Hirsi Ali next to a terrorist.
A half a year before she became the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin was in Vogue. A governor of the largest state and a former beauty queen, she was a shoe-in. Were she a Democrat, she’d probably get another spread in November ’08 issue.
Wintour made some horrible calls. Last February, she did a piece on Syria’s “First Lady” Asma Al-Assad. American Vogue forgot to check out Asma’s background, like whether or not her hubby might be a dictator.* As soon as the article came out, Bashar Al-Assad sent troops to crush a popular uprising, and Wintour disappeared the article from her website. As a side note, I’m intrigued by Asma’s claim that the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus is the third holiest spot in Islam. The usual claim made by the Palestinian propagandists is that the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is the third holiest. Can we reach an agreement on which one it is please?
A superb fashion publisher, Wintour champions some of the most creative men in the world, who also happen to be some of the most messed up. Recall, John Galliano’s “I love Hitler” confession. Since Wintour never moved to sever ties with the designer (and I’m not saying that she should), perhaps she should not insert herself into matters that are not fashion-related.
Wintour’s political biases interfere with her ability to make an aesthetic judgment call. Here is what the world’s leading fashionista said in March 2011 on FLOTUS:
She emerged during the campaign as this enigmatic and strong woman with such great personal style.
I keep hearing that at this point of her career, the sexagenarian editor of Vogue is most concerned about her legacy. She is notoriously nasty. She is either out of her depths in politics, likes fellow dictators, or both. And while her cruelty (or perceived cruelty) is a quality that arguably made her a good fashion editor, there is no excuses for not coming out on the side of political liberty. Most of all, Anna Wintour shouldn’t let her personal biases get in the way of her reputation for impeccable taste because after all, this is what she will be remembered for.
I realize that this pick-me-up is more of a downer. I should have wrote about the last episode of Project Runway when the four heavy favorites ended up on the bottom, and Rami, whose blue jacket was the most interesting piece in this episode, was booted. I suppose the producers figured the show was getting too predictable.
*It recently came out that the father of chic Asma, a London-based physician, is a hard core anti-Semite. Do all self-described “London girls” have anti-Semitic fathers or am I viciously stereotyping Asma?