Conde Nasts, a premier mass media company holds the most iconic titles: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, The New Yorker, Brides, the list goes on. This past year brought a bumpy path for the company, both good and bad. Its digital audience hit a record best in the first quarter of 2015 bringing in $1 billion dollars of revenue in 2015. In addition, at the National Magazine Awards, Conde took home the most wins including a Magazine of the Year award for Vogue. Even with the company move from midtown New York to the One World Trade Center, the decline in print-ad pages across most of its magazines, and an extensive list of layoffs – the company remains.
Anna Wintour, the artistic director of Conde Nasts and the editor at Vogue, was named one of the worlds most powerful women by Forbes last year, and for good reason. She is a legend. She has hosted the Met Gala since 1999, has stuck with Conde Nasts through the years of highs and lows and is an iconic figure in the fashion industry being the editor for the fashion bible, Vogue.
New York Times writer, Ravi Somaiya interviewed both Bob Sauerberg, the new chief executive at Conde Nasts, and Wintour. In recent allegations by unnamed staff members, Wintour was said to be “dismissive when displeased.”
In the interview, Somaiya boldly brought the comment up. Wintour responded by asking, “Whether The New York Times was a tabloid newspaper, come on,” she said. “I am decisive, you know. I don’t believe in wasting anybody’s time. I like to be honest. I like to be clear. In my own personal career, I have felt almost the most difficult thing to deal with is someone who doesn’t tell you what they are thinking.”
While she disagreed with those comments, she believes that there is “an element of sexism” in the way that she is viewed. “But I decided a long time ago that I can’t let any of that bother me,” she said. “If my style is too direct for some, maybe they should toughen up a bit.” An honest lesson that I hope to learn.
In “The Devil Wears Prada” the revolutionary character, Miranda Priestly, based off of Wintour, is the only identification millions of people have of her – but she is more than this character. She may lack moral patience but the woman is driven by limitless passion. She is THE most powerful figure in the fashion industry. She is a woman who has inspired many in the business. Being more powerful than CEOs, celebrities, and some politicians the woman can out-do any man. Few women have demanded the respect, power, and influence she has in the business world and for that…she is an idol to me.