Anna Wintour is the 69th most powerful woman on Forbes's list of the world's most powerful women. Ironically, she comes behind some of the women she helped make powerful by putting them in and on the cover of Vogue, like Lady Gaga (number 11), Beyoncé (number 18), and Gisele (number 60). With Vogue's third annual Fashion's Night Out just days away, this is a rare window of time that Anna does a good number of interviews, and so she had Forbes over to her office with their video cameras.
Before she got into Fashion's Night Out, Anna touched on sexist portrayals of women in the media.
What does ‘power’ mean to you?
Anna Wintour: I don’t think of myself as a powerful person. You know, what does it mean? It means you get a better seat in a restaurant or tickets to a screening or whatever it may be. But it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to help others, and for that I’m extremely grateful.
What’s your least favorite stereotype about powerful women?
It’s not so much about powerful women. In some cases, there are stereotypes about women. I often don’t hear men talked about in the same way. It’s more a sexist stereotype than a powerful stereotype.
What are some of those examples?
Well, I’ll leave that to your imagination.
Dammit they came came so close. So close!
On the matter of Fashion's Night Out, while the event faces harsh critiques in its third year running, Anna says it's always been a huge success. "The stores were thrilled," she said of the first FNO. "To be honest, we started off thinking it would be just one night, but immediately we were asked to do it again. Some people even wanted us to do it twice a year, and we put our foot down on that. But we decided to anniversary it." Watch Anna talk in the video.