No accident that Anna Wintour has been on top for 30+ years. She’s a pro. Especially when asked a question she’d rather not answer.
In an audio clip, Wintour, being interviewed by Anne McElvoy for The Economist is asked about Melania’s style…
“Well, I think First Lady Michelle Obama was really so incredible out the in every decision she made about fashion. She supported young American designers. She supported designers, indeed, from all over the world. She was the best ambassador this country could possibly have, in many ways, obviously way beyond fashion —”
“But she’s not the first lady now. What about the one you have now?”
Wintour continues her thought, unfazed.
“And for me, she is the example I admire.”
McElvoy presses the point again,
“You do seem to keep your distance from the Trumps, and Melania Trump…”
“There’s so many women in politics that deserve celebration, whether it’s Kirsten [Gillibrand] or Senator Harris, or Senator Warren.We just recently ran a piece in our current issue about five of the six political female candidates, all of which I felt deserved a place in Vogue. And how wonderful that after a lot of naysayers saying that after [Hillary Clinton] not succeeding that it would be very difficult to find a voice in the current presidential campaigns. How wonderful that that is not the case. I think that both Senator Warren and Senator Harris are among the top candidates right now.”
Not letting it go, McElvoy says,
“We just glided — or perhaps it’s clear, I don’t know — past the question of Melania and where she features in Vogue world. Do you feel that she’s not the right person to feature in the magazine?”
“I think it’s important for Vogue to support women who are leading change in this country.”
The. Shade. Of. It. All.