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This Happened—November 3: Happy Birthday To The "Devil" Of Fashion

Updated Nov. 3, 2023 at 12:45 p.m.

Happy Birthday to the editor-in-chief of Vogue. Anna Wintour now acts as Global Chief Content Officer for the magazine's parent company Condé Nast. Wintour has made her name as arguably the most influential person of her generation in fashion and glossy publishing.

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Where is Anna Wintour from?

Anna Wintour was born in the upscale Hampstead neighborhood of London to British and American parents. She attended the private North London Collegiate School where many say she rebelled against the dress code, taking up the hemlines of her skirts.

How did Anna Wintour become a journalist?

The daughter of a British newspaper editor, Anna Wintour was destined for success when she began her career working for a series of fashion publications. In 1970, when Harper's Bazaar UK merged with Queen to become Harper's & Queen, Wintour was hired as one of its first editorial assistants, beginning her career in fashion journalism.

What was the impact of Anna Wintour on fashion?

When she finally landed at UK Vogue in 1985, Wintour took advantage of her position as an editor to exert her control over the department. Wintour replaced many of the existing staff, earning her the nickname “Nuclear Wintour.” Wintour’s changes moved the magazine away from beauty and pandered more to women interested in business. When she became the editor in chief of Vogue in 1988, Wintour began a lifelong career which would bring unprecedented success to the magazine, even adapting as the advent of the internet threatened the industry.

Is Anna Wintour really the inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada?

It's hard to deny that it's her, or some version of her. The author of the the 2003 book, The Devil Wears Prada, was Lauren Weisberger, who worked as a former personal assistant to Wintour at Vogue. The bestselling book was later adapted for the screen in a 2006 film starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a magazine editor who runs her fashion and publishing empire ... like an empress.

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The Demagogue's Biggest Lie: That We Don't Need Politics

Trashing politics and politicians is a classic tool of populists to seduce angry voters, and take countries into quagmires far worse than the worst years of democracy. It's a dynamic Argentina appears particularly vulnerable to.

Photograph of Javier Gerardo Milei making a speech at the end of his campaign.​

October 18, 2023, Buenos Aires: Javier Gerardo Milei makes a speech at the end of his campaign.

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Rodolfo Terragno


BUENOS AIRES - I was 45 years old when I became a politician in Argentina, and abandoned politics a while back now. In 1987, Raúl Alfonsín, the civilian president who succeeded the Argentine military junta in 1983, named me cabinet minister though I wasn't a member of his party, the Radicals, or any party for that matter. I was a historian, had worked as a lawyer, wrote newspapers articles and a book in 1985 on science and technology with chapters on cybernetics, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.

That book led Alfonsín to ask me to join his government. My belated political career began in fact after I left the ministry and while it proved to be surprisingly lengthy, it is now over. I am currently writing a biography of a molecular biologist and developing a university course on technological perspectives (futurology).

Talking about myself is risky in a piece against 'anti-politics,' or the rejection of party politics. I do so only to make clear that I am writing without a personal interest. I am out of politics, and have never been a member of what Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni calls la casta, "the caste" — i.e., the political establishment.

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