Anna Wintour, the most powerful woman in the fashion industry, is on the short list to be a U.S. ambassador to Great Britain or France. The news, confirmed by ABC News, was first reported by Bloomberg News’ Hans Nichols, who said Wintour, 63, is among a handful of top Obama financiers interested in the posts.
There were rumors of this new job for Anna back in the summer, but a source close to her said she had no desire to take the job. But in the last two years, we have seen a lot of political involvement by the current Editor in Chief of Vogue. She has attended high-profile White House events, including two state dinners, one of them during David Cameron’s visit in April. She serves on the President’s committee on the arts and humanities and has held Democratic party fundraising events at her New York home.
Anna also put together Runway to Win to help President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. She and Vogue has helped round up 22 designers — includingMarc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and Rachel Roy — to design items to benefit the Obama Victory Fund
Last November it was revealed that she is one of the biggest fund-raisers for the Obama Administration and has collected more than $500,000. Wintour, Gwyneth Paltrow and designer Tom Ford hosted a $15,000-per-plate fundraiser for Obama in London Sept. 19. She also co-hosted a $40,000-per-plate fundraising dinner at the New York City home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker in June and a $35,800-a-head event at Harvey Weinstein’s in August. Obama attended both events.
According to New York Magazine, those big spenders get to apply for a job with the current administration before anyone else. But according to ABC, Obama has spoken out against the influence of special interests inside the executive branch, criticizing those who had “turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.” However, many of Obama’s 2008 campaign financiers received prestigious appointments and exclusive access.
Vogue spokeswoman Megan Salt would not confirm whether Wintour has been approached about a diplomatic job, or whether she’d consider it. She told ABC News that Wintour is “very happy with her current job.”
But if you think this is some easy,cush job that just requires schmoozing well then you are probably the same person that being the editor of Vogue just means going to cool parties all the time. A state department spokesman told The Observer: ”An ambassador serves at the pleasure of the president. It’s a designation of the most qualified person. But it would be erroneous to think of London as a nice, cushy, westernized post. This is a key strategic ally, so you’re going to want a very seasoned person, be it on the economic or diplomatic side of things.”
If she takes this job, I think it is only 10 years before she officially rules the world.
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