The Wintour siblings


The Guardian’s political editor is the brother of…..


….the editor of Vogue and reputed inspiration for Meryl Streep’s character in the Devil Wears Prada.

Their father, Charles Wintour, was editor of the Evening Standard. So the two siblings rise to prominence in the media is less surprising. However, the divergence in the roots they took within it is.

Patrick is a former winner of the political journalist of the year award.

Anna’s relationship with politics is more problematic. As a profile in the New Republic notes:

It’s hardly that Wintour hasn’t thought about politics; she’s always cared about world affairs—or cared about looking like she cares. Her father, the esteemed editor of the London Evening Standard, once recalled a story of how a young Anna spent two hours deciding what to wear to an anti–Vietnam war protest.

(“Daddy, am I for or against Cambodia?” she asked.)


Consider the matter of Vogue’s glowing profile of Syria’s Asma Al Assad, which described the dictator’s wife as “glamorous, young, and very chic—the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,” and breezed by her husband’s brutal reign by explaining that he was elected president “with a startling 97 percent of the vote.” “They didn’t think the Arab Spring was going anywhere, and the piece was needed for the March ‘Power Issue,’” wrote reporter Joan Juliet Buck in her Newsweek apologia. Wintour has also issued an apology. But perhaps she ought to have inquired earlier: Are we for or against Syria?

Still given that she apparently raised half a million dollars for the Obama campaign, I shall avoid further sneering.


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