Lynn Barber

Is Anna Wintour human?

It’s up at 5 a.m. for a workout, half an hour for hair and make-up, and then back-to-back office meetings – with no banter

Anna Wintour and Mario Testino in the 2009 documentary The September Issue. [© Roadside Attractions/ Courtesy Everett Collection/Alamy]

Apparently Anna Wintour wants to be seen as human, and Amy Odell’s biography goes some way to helping her achieve that aim. Nearly all the photographs show her smiling, looking friendly, even girlish. And the text quite often mentions her crying. On 9 November 2016 she cried in front of her entire staff because Hillary Clinton lost the election.

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