As Vogue editor and Conde Nast artistic director, Anna Wintour knows a thing or four hundred about making things look perfect. However, Anna Wintour says perfection isn't everything. If you're in any way a fashion girl or if you've ever read anything about the inspiration for Meryl Streep's Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, you know who Anna Wintour is. You also probably know that she's basically the personification of perfection. Regardless though, I love that she's not rigid about idea of perfection itself.
Though Wintour has gotten a bad rep for her seemingly cold demeanor— don't get me started on the sexism inherent in that idea— the fashion icon is more than willing to impart her sage advice to the fashionable masses. Back in May, she sat down with New York Magazine and doled out some amazing words of wisdom. The uber successful Wintour discussed her family life, her career, and her position as a perceived role model. In regard to the last topic, Wintour says, "I hope that I set as good an example as I can, but it’s not — I don’t wake up in the morning thinking, I’m going to set a really good example today!" Clearly, Wintour doesn't consider herself to be a perfect role model nor she encourage the idea of perfection anyway.
While Wintour may not see herself as a role model, her most recent comments definitely place her in contention for that title. According to Glamour's recent Memo Pad column, the Vogue editor explained that perfection is nothing to get worked up about. Wintour says, "Imperfection is fine," and focused on "not hyperventilating about perfection."
Though Wintour says that perfection isn't paramount, the truth is that she's basically perfection in person form. Her success, drive, and passion for her career are the traits that make Wintour perfect. While I'm sure there are aspects of the Vogue editor and Conde Nast creative director that don't quite measure up to that moniker, her icon status and place as one of the most successful women in the world make her my idea of perfection.