Anna Wintour’s Hatred Of Conversing With Humans May Not Make Her The Ideal Ambassador
10:30 am, December 26th | by Meredith Lepore
Last week we wrote about how the rumors of Anna Wintour being appointed U.S. ambassador to England or France by President Obama are getting stronger and stronger. People are so excited about the possibility due to Anna’s glamorous celebrity status that we may be forgetting to look at whether she is actually fit to be an ambassador. Sure, she is politically savvy, has been a huge fundraiser for the Democratic party and is clearly very worldly and sophisticated but being an ambassador is a very social job where a big part of your job is just talking to people. Anna has never been known to be a Chatty Cathy so perhaps this isn’t the best fit.
According to Rebecca Tyrrel of The Independent, “She never stays at a party longer than 20 minutes (her bedtime is a rigid 10.15pm), doesn’t do small talk, and delights in putting everyone at their unease.” Just as Miranda Priestly said “That’s all” in The Devil Wears Prada quietly at the end of a conversation, Anna simply says, “We’ve finished talking.”
And she won’t be bonding with anyone over delicious food. Tyrrel wrote, “Her loathing of calories (she advised Oprah to lose weight before appearing on the cover of Vogue) is as well-documented as the glacial rudeness.”
But Anna says her cold mystique is sometimes misinterpreted. In an interview with Forbes she said, “I assure you all the people that work with me on a day-to-day basis don’t think that. That’s just something that’s been fabricated by the media. And as you well know once something is out there, particularly in today’s world, it just gets exaggerated. I keep my head down and do the job to the best of my ability.” So perhaps she can pull this off if she gets the appointment. I hope Obama is cool with conversations ending abruptly. Luckily, he is very thin.