78 Journalism Quotes of Anna Wintour

” Imperfection is fine. “
” If my style is too direct for some, maybe they should toughen up a bit. “
” To be in ‘Vogue’ has to mean something. It’s an endorsement. It’s a validation. “
” Even if you aren’t sure of yourself, pretend that you are… most people prevaricate. “
” I think what you have to do in print is to create even more memorable images and more memorable pieces because what one consumes online or in social has a much shorter shelf life, so to speak, so what print has to have is no more weight, but it has to be something that you can’t find so easily online. It has to really stand for print. “
” In my own personal career, I have felt almost the most difficult thing to deal with is someone who doesn’t tell you what they are thinking. “
” To me, fashion is ceaselessly fascinating because it is an expression of self. “
” For us, creativity means thinking about the lives of our audience and how to connect with them. “
” I’m horribly hands-on, I’m afraid. I like to read every caption. “
” I look for strong people. I don’t like people who’ll say yes to everything I might bring up. I want people who can argue and disagree and have a point of view that’s reflected in the magazine. My dad believed in the cult of personality. He brought great writers and columnists to ‘The Standard.’ “
” Fashion is a reflection of the time. “
” I don’t understand that if you look wonderful, does that make you less important, less powerful, less serious? “
” I think I’m decisive, and I like to get things done quickly. So if that comes across as intimidation, I’m sorry to hear it. But it’s more in the interest of getting things done. “
” Because of reality television and all these celebrities thinking they can be designers, everyone imagines that they can just become a designer, photographer, or model, but that’s not the way things work. People have to go to school, learn their craft, and build a brand – that’s the right, healthy way to do things. “
” Everyone should get sacked at least once. It forces you to look at yourself… It is important to have setbacks, because that is the reality of life. Perfection doesn’t exist. “
” ‘Vogue’ is the best of everything that fashion can offer, and I think we point the way. We are, you know, a glamorous girlfriend. “
” ‘Vogue’ is a fashion magazine, and a fashion magazine is about change. “
” I’d always been extremely fascinated by the French Nuit Blanche, which is a weekend that they have in Paris where they keep all the museums open until dawn. You can go and hang out in Versailles in the middle of the night and watch the sun come up. “
” Fashion, which often seems to be on a path to be bigger, more Instagram-ready, can also achieve its best through sincerity. “
” Mental health is an area where people are embarrassed. They don’t want to talk about it because somehow they feel they’re a failure as a parent or, you know, they’re embarrassed for their child or they want to protect their child, lots of very good reasons, but mental health, I feel, is something that you have to talk about. “
” Part of the pleasure of editing ‘Vogue,’ one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it. “
” It would be ridiculous to ignore the speed and possibilities of the digital landscape. “
” ‘Vogue’ and ‘Vice’ may appear to some to see the world through different lenses. But in my view, both are fearless and breathtaking, with unquenchable curiosity and vigor. “
” I learned how important it is to lead and be decisive and to, in a way, empower other people to do their best. “
” I hear the same anxieties over and over again. Everything is too fast; everything is too precarious. We have more access than ever to the people we are trying to reach, thanks to social media and mobile technology, and more information than we know what to do with. “
” There’s no point about whining or complaining or screaming. “
” I think possibly what people working for one hate the most is indecision. Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision. The most important thing I can do is try and make myself very clearly understood. “
” I have learned that documentary makers are incredibly sneaky people. “
” The beauty of what Apple does at Apple is that they’re not on trend; they are classic. “
” I don’t think I am that hands-on. I’m much more of a believer in finding a great team of people and trusting them to follow their instincts. They work better when they feel they have freedom and they are trusted. “
” To be famous these days with no grounding and no substance is not especially difficult. I urge you instead to seek to be relevant, to be agile and educated. “
” I think Beyonce is every woman. She’s superwoman, she’s an extraordinary business woman, she’s a force of fashion. She totally understands the way to communicate to millions and millions of fans. “
” I’m very driven by what I do. I am certainly very competitive. I like people who represent the best at what they do, and if that turns you into a perfectionist, then maybe I am. “
” In 1986, I returned to London as editor in chief of ‘British Vogue.’ Although I still thought of myself as totally English, to my surprise, everyone here thought I was some sort of American control freak. “
” We have to reflect the world that we live in. “
” The Fashion Fund celebrates the real passion that underlies the fashion business, not the frothy world of glamour and celebrity that so often surrounds it. “
” Things change. You walk on the street and get a Starbucks, and things have changed by the time you come back to the office. “
” I’m very good at delegating – people work much better when they have a real sense of responsibility. But at the same time, I don’t like surprises. I don’t pore over every shoot, but I do like to be aware at all times of what’s going on. “
” The world of entertainment is, like the world of fashion, becoming increasingly populated by those who don’t want to do things the same old boring way. “
” We all have a role to play in creating safe environments where everyone can be free to work without fear. “
” My career got off to a very shaky start when I dropped out of school at the age of 18. Despite my lack of academic credentials, I got a job as a fashion assistant at ‘Harper’s & Queen.’ “
” I think it would be incredible for this country if we could have our first woman president. “
” It is true that a lot of people are easily distracted online. As a result, too many of us have given up on digital audiences for ambitious work, and this is a mistake. “
” Traditionally, those that work in fashion have always had the point of view that items made by hand have their own aura and are something special. “
” It would be a mistake to think something is wonderful just because it looks great. “
” I don’t believe in wasting anybody’s time. I like to be honest. I like to be clear. “
” I feel it would be a huge mistake for ‘Vogue’ always to be completely tasteful, completely perfect. I think it’s very important for us to also rock the boat. “
” I’ve been thinking a lot about the speed and spectacle in today’s fashion industry, because they seem to mirror stresses in other creative fields. “
” It’s very important to take risks. I think that research is very important, but in the end you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks and be fearless. When I hear a company is being run by a team, my heart sinks, because you need to have that leader with a vision and heart that can move things forward. “
” If one comes across sometimes as being cold or brusque, it’s simply because I’m striving for the best. “
” In the end I do respond to my own instincts. Sometimes they’re successful, and obviously sometimes they’re not. But you have to, I think, remain true to what you believe in. “
” I surround myself with a talented group of people that are opinionated and interesting. I try to remain very open to what others have to say. “
” It is so important for designers not to run scared, and not to be too worried about what’s safe and what’s commercial. “
” Previous first ladies seemed to feel the need to wear a sort of uniform, whereas Michelle Obama likes fashion and is very comfortable in fashion. She’s happy to mix high and low, and she loves emerging designers. That will do nothing but good for our industry. “
” My father was a newspaper editor, so I was surrounded by journalists my entire life. I think the fact that he was so well known may be why I chose to go into magazines and move to the States at a young age. “
” By the time I came to the States, I really understood how a magazine works. I came to ‘Vogue’ as creative director, and three years later I went back to London to be editor in chief of British ‘Vogue.’ “
” I don’t think of myself as a powerful person. “
” I’m always looking for a cover subject that reflects the magazine, an interest in fashion, in culture, in society. We’re trying to bring the world into the pages of ‘Vogue.’ We do that by tapping into the zeitgeists with our cover subjects. “
” I never pay any attention. I’m sure it’s not such a good way to be, but I don’t really follow market research. “
” In the end I do respond to my own instincts. Sometimes they’re successful, and obviously sometimes they’re not. But you have to, I think, remain true to what you believe in. “
” I want ‘Vogue’ to be pacy, sharp, and sexy – I’m not interested in the super-rich or infinitely leisured. I want our readers to be energetic executive women, with money of their own and a wide range of interests. There is a new kind of woman out there. She’s interested in business and money. “
” The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. This is America, not Saudi Arabia. “
” I love coming in and changing magazines. “
” I don’t really follow market research. In the end, I respond to my own instincts. “
” There’s barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian-Wests haven’t been able to master, and for good reason: Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that. “
” I’ve been very lucky to put women that I sincerely admire on the cover of ‘Vogue:’ the then First Lady and now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and, more recently, First Lady Michelle Obama. Those were benchmarks for the magazine, and certainly covers that I’ve been very, very proud of. “
” I like having young assistants in my office; they have energy, and I spend time with them to make sure they understand what we’re doing. By investing in them, I’m investing in the magazine. All over ‘Vogue,’ ‘Teen Vogue,’ and ‘Men’s Vogue,’ there are people who have been through not only my office but also many other offices at ‘Vogue.’ “
” It is important always to have really original talent. There are lots of good designers that make attractive clothes and make women look beautiful. But at the same time, one doesn’t want to lose the idea that there is someone out there who can change the way you look at fashion. “
” One doesn’t want fashion to look ridiculous, silly, or out of step with the times – but you do want designers that make you think, that make you look at fashion differently. That’s how fashion changes. If it doesn’t change, it’s not looking forward. And that’s important to me. “
” Fashion today is available to everybody in a way that it’s never been before: you’ve got every designer you’ve ever heard of working for H& or Target. That’s fantastic. “
” I went to Wimbledon before I could walk. It’s just been a lifelong passion. “
” It’s very important to take risks. I think that research is very important, but in the end you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks and be fearless. When I hear a company is being run by a team, my heart sinks, because you need to have that leader with a vision and heart that can move things forward. “
” It’s very important to me that I look good when I go out publicly. I like looking at my clothes rack in the morning and deciding what to pick out. I enjoy fashion. “
” I wasn’t academically successful. And maybe I’ve spent a lot of my career trying to make up for that. “
” It’s important for young women and men coming out of the fashion schools to think seriously before starting their own collections. “
” I think we’re living, in terms of media, in a very democratic age, but I think that we still look at everything through the lens of ‘Vogue’ and through our own point of view. “
” In the fact that ‘Vogue’ is someone that can help guide enormous audiences through this fascinating world, I would like to think we are as influential and actually are now reaching so many more people than we ever dreamt of back in the Fifties or the Sixties. “
” I get asked all the time, What do you do differently than 10 years ago, or what will you do differently in the years to come?’ In the years to come, I have no idea. “