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Anna Wintour ruthlessly ridiculed others for her looks, the former girlfriend reveals


Jerry Oppenheimer is a best-selling author of the New York Times. One of his 13 books is a headline-selling, best-selling, unauthorized biography entitled FRONT ROW: Anna Wintour, The cool life and hot times of Vogue's editor-in-chief.

Fashion Queen Anna Wintour's extraordinary Mea Cupla, in which she admitted that she left "hurtful and intolerant behavior" towards black Vogue employees uncontrolled and promised to do better, may sound hollow to many of her former friends and colleagues.

In fact, "hurtful and intolerant" is exactly how many people in and outside of fashion have felt personally about her over the years – even when she was a teenager with "bad girls" in swinging London in the sixties.

Years later, as her only close teen friend, Vivienne Lasky, entrusted me with my bestselling biography of Wintour, & # 39; Front Row & # 39 ;,. The future fashion power was characterized by small jealousy and extreme cattiness. "If I didn't like Anna as a child, it was her rudeness…. My mother would say: no politeness. & # 39;

While Anna was slim and chic even then, she remembered Lasky, was extremely critical and sarcastic, and made fun of people who weren't. Anna really took care of the appearance. She pointed to another girl and said, "My God, look how fat she is. Look at her face, look at her terrible, curly hair.

And back then Lasky was plump and had curly hair – and Anna took advantage of the malicious advantage.

The recent criticism of fashion queen Anna Wintour of Vogue, who is "hurtful and intolerant" to black employees, is exactly how many people in and outside of fashion over the years – hurtful and intolerant – about her felt – even when she was still a mean teenage girl in Swinging London in the sixties

Alex Walker, a highly regarded editor at Anna's father's newspaper, the Evening Standard, remembered Anna as an "absolute monster" who would only do and say things "meanly". He says he saw her as such evil movie characters as Rhoda Penmark from The Bad Seed, Vida Pierce in Mildred Pierce and Eve Harrington in All About Eve. Pictured: Wintour 1972

Alex Walker, a highly regarded editor at Anna's father's newspaper, the Evening Standard, remembered Anna as an "absolute monster" who would only do and say things "meanly". He says he saw her as such evil movie characters as Rhoda Penmark from The Bad Seed, Vida Pierce in Mildred Pierce and Eve Harrington in All About Eve. Pictured: Wintour 1972

To make fun of Vivienne's weight, Anna, the daughter of Charles Wintour, a well-known London newspaper editor, bought small clothing gifts from Lasky, but everything was generally too small to fit her, even a ball gown that Lasky barely fits could.

Lasky's mother, a former ballet dancer, claimed that skinny Anna bought the too small sizes for the plump Vivienne "to deliberately and maliciously tease and mock her daughter."

And when Anna found out that Vivienne, whose father was also a prominent editor, loved eating thick lamb chops, Anna learned to cook it so she could be happy while she watched her friend clean her plate.

Jerry Oppenheimer is a best-selling author of the New York Times. One of his 13 books is a headline titled FRONT ROW: Anna Wintour, The Cool Life and the Hot Times by Vogue's Editor-in-Chief

Jerry Oppenheimer is a best-selling author of the New York Times. One of his 13 books is a headline titled FRONT ROW: Anna Wintour, The Cool Life and the Hot Times by Vogue's Editor-in-Chief

"She would just sit there and watch me eat," Lasky recalled. "She would not eat, and would indicate that I was pleasantly plump."

& # 39; I said. "Well, Anna, I don't want to be a model," she said, waving her finger. "You know, Vivienne, we don't want to be too chubby."

Anna, who hurt Vivienne's feelings, asked, "Why don't you have more self-control?"

"My mother says I will come home from these dinners and feel poor self-esteem. She said I wasn't coming back smiling and confident. My mother said Anna was malicious. & # 39;

Over the years, Anna would continue to mistreat Vivienne and eventually end her long friendship.

Alex Walker, a highly regarded editor at Anna's father's newspaper, the Evening Standard, remembered Anna as an "absolute monster" who would only do and say things "meanly". He says he saw her as such evil movie characters as Rhoda Penmark from The Bad Seed, Vida Pierce in Mildred Pierce and Eve Harrington in All About Eve.

That was back then, but Anna didn't seem to change – hurtful and intolerant – to long-time friends like black former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, whose recently published memoirs, The Chiffon Trenches, describe how badly she treated him and how yours The close bond ended because she thought he was "too old, overweight, and uncool," as reported exclusively by DailyMail.com.

Like Vivienne Lasky in Anna's teenage years, Talley, 70, in Anna's adulthood suffered from the so-called "big emotional and psychological scars", which Talley, through his longstanding friendship with Wintour, described as "immune to other than the powerful and famous" Populate sides of Vogue. & # 39;

That was back then, but Anna didn't seem to change - hurtful and intolerant - to long-time friends like black former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, whose recently published memoirs, The Chiffon Trenches, describe how badly she treated him and how yours The close bond ended because she thought he was "too old, overweight, and uncool," as reported exclusively by DailyMail.com

That was back then, but Anna didn't seem to change – hurtful and intolerant – to long-time friends like black former Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, whose recently published memoirs, The Chiffon Trenches, describe how badly she treated him and how yours The close bond ended because she thought he was "too old, overweight, and uncool," as reported exclusively by DailyMail.com

Talley, 70, suffered in Anna's adulthood from the so-called "large emotional and psychological scars" that Talley called from her longstanding friendship with Wintour, and called her "immune to others than the powerful and famous people who populate Vogue's side." ".

Talley, 70, suffered in Anna's adulthood from the so-called "large emotional and psychological scars" that Talley called from her longstanding friendship with Wintour, and called her "immune to others than the powerful and famous people who populate Vogue's side." ".

Talley said he had a conversation with another powerful former magazine editor, Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter, who said, “One day she treats me like a good friend and the next she treats me like she has given her keys an unknown valet. & # 39;

In his book, Talley says: “Today I would love her to tell me something human and sincere. I have great emotional and psychological scars from my relationship with this towering and influential woman. I wonder if she is miserable when she goes home at night. Does she feel alone? & # 39;

In his devastating portrait, he believes that Wintour is "incapable of human kindness" and considers it "ruthless".

And Talley, whose magazine relationship and friendship with Anna started in 1983, explains that there is an endless list of writers, stylists, and models that she tossed into a frayed and tattered bunch during her mighty reign … I'm no longer of value to her . & # 39;

In my Front Row book, I interviewed dozens of magazine authors, editors, and photographers who worked with and under Anna Wintour and how wounded combat veterans came out of belonging to her, and many were shocked by my in-depth study of her life as a school dropout, was not considered a very good writer and claimed that she was a feminist. She used men to get to the top – she met much older prominent men when she was a teenager in London's swinging clubs back in the 1960s.

One said to me: “I always had the feeling that she was chasing the dad figure who was never there. She was like a needy, shy little girl, and I think it was all a bit of an act to get your full and undivided attention that she never got from old Charles [her father]. & # 39;

Another said to Oppenheimer: “Here was Anna, this sexy and pretty teenager, at fifteen, and I was this depraved 24-year-old. She was very young, very pretty, very sophisticated, very culturally up to date and just a little shy ... she was a curiosity as well as a sexual desire. & # 39;

Another said to Oppenheimer: “Here was Anna, this sexy and pretty teenager, at fifteen, and I was this depraved 24-year-old. She was very young, very pretty, very sophisticated, very culturally up to date and just a little shy … she was a curiosity as well as a sexual desire. & # 39;

Willie Landels, then publisher and art director, recalled that Anna "had the complete conviction that she was aiming for the top job". In one case, "Anna basically destroyed another girl" who worked with her, Hocking told Oppenheimer. Pictured: Wintour at a show in January 1973

Willie Landels, then publisher and art director, recalled that Anna "had the complete conviction that she was aiming for the top job". In one case, "Anna basically destroyed another girl" who worked with her, Hocking told Oppenheimer. Pictured: Wintour at a show in January 1973

In 1975, at the age of 25, she came to America and got a job at Harper & # 39; s Bazaar as a junior fashion editor worth $ 12,000 a year, but soon ran into executives. During this time she also fell in love with the black Rastafarian Bob Marley. As one employee noted: "Anna met God!" when he performed in New York. Pictured: Anna Wintour attends a show in November 1989

In 1975, at the age of 25, she came to America and got a job at Harper & # 39; s Bazaar as a junior fashion editor worth $ 12,000 a year, but soon ran into executives. During this time she also fell in love with the black Rastafarian Bob Marley. As one employee noted: "Anna met God!" when he performed in New York. Pictured: Anna Wintour attends a show in November 1989

Another said to me: “Here was Anna, this sexy and pretty teenager, at fifteen, and I was this depraved 24-year-old. She was very young, very pretty, very refined, very culturally up to date and just a little shy … she was a curiosity as well as a sexual desire. & # 39;

At 19, she moved to a London fashion photographer, Steve Bobroff, a sprout of a wealthy Jewish family who "loved glamor, fame, and closeness to beautiful women."

And according to Vivienne Lasky, Anna became a model for him. The relationship lasted less than a year. Bobroff later told me: "I prefer not to say anything about this time and not to speak about it at all. That way it's easier. & # 39;

Her first job as a fashion magazine was at Harper & # 39; s Bazaar in London, and the editor she hired, Jennifer Hocking, told me that Anna was & # 39; very smart, quiet, sometimes scary. She would make business appointments for lunch when the rest of us whirled our thumbs around. «

Willie Landels, then publisher and art director, recalled that Anna "had the complete conviction that she was aiming for the top job". In one case, "Anna basically destroyed another girl" who worked with her, Hocking told me.

Landels remembered that Anna had driven the girl out of the magazine. "I think it kind of enchants people," said Hocking. Another employee who remembered Anna's thinness clapped that she may have restricted her diet. & # 39; That was her personality. She is a control freak, always had to be in control of herself and everyone else. & # 39;

When Anna was 24, had no proper university education, had no writing skills, and was only four years under her Gucci belt, she let the magazine know that she was the smartest and most ambitious fashion expert of the staff, and wanted to replace the editor-in-chief who was to be replaced, and had her then friend, a magazine author, Jon Bradshaw, lobby for her.

Now, after the turmoil in the Black Lives Matter across the country, Anna Wintour has admitted that her Vogue magazine was "hurtful and intolerant" and didn't do enough to encourage African-American workers

Now, after the turmoil in the Black Lives Matter across the country, Anna Wintour has admitted that her Vogue magazine was "hurtful and intolerant" and didn't do enough to encourage African-American workers

Another editor, Min Hogg, was hired. She said to me: “Anna didn't approve of me getting the job. She was absolutely angry when she didn't get it. She had a certain ambition that must be close to her heart all the time. & # 39;

Anna soon quit and came to America in 1975 at the age of 25 and got a job at Harper & # 39; s Bazaar as a junior fashion editor worth $ 12,000 a year, but soon ran into executives. During this time she also fell in love with the black Rastafarian Bob Marley. As one employee noted: "Anna met God!" when he performed in New York.

"Anna was thrilled and went out with the band every night to have dinner and go to town," the woman recalled. "When she came back we said:" Anna, you look exhausted. "She had these purple circles under her eyes. She says that she had no affair, but she had this revelation and felt that she had a mystical experience with the ganja that Marley smoked.

"I said," Why am I not invited? "But when Anna found something so good, she wanted to keep it to herself. I think nothing moved her like Bob Marley."

Through various fashion jobs in America as well as in Great Britain, where she became known as the "Nuclear Wintour" because of her tenacity and abuse of people under her, she finally ruled Vogue, the fashion Bible.

Now, after the Black Lives Matter riots across the country, Anna Wintour has admitted that her Vogue magazine was "hurtful and intolerant" and didn't do enough to encourage African-American workers.

In a memo to employees published this week, she wrote: "First of all, I want to acknowledge your feelings and express my empathy for what so many of you are going through: sadness, pain and anger too …"

Jerry Oppenheimer's book FRONT ROW: Anna Wintour, The cool life and hot times of Vogue's editor can be found here.