Thursday, June 4, 2009

Anna Wintour on "60 Minutes"

On May 17, 2009, "60 Minutes"'s Morley Safer interviewed and profiled Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour. Naturally, the comparisons have to be made with Meryl Streep in the film of the novel The Devil Wears Prada, but the reality seems more interesting. That's because this ΓΌberpowerful magazine editor is both a lot like Streep's characterization and also different -- more human, and probably smarter.

The behind-the-scenes shots of Wintour at work in her office (which does look a lot like Streep's Miranda Priestley's office in Prada) and of her staff of scary-skinny worker bees (who do look a lot like the ones in Prada) gives viewers a sense of what it's like working in luxury-brand magazine publishing. I hope young journalism students don't watch that and think there's any chance in hell that they'll work in such a situation. Most magazine offices are made up of cheap cubicles, cranky copy editors, and -- if you're lucky -- free bagels on Fridays.

The video of the segment is below; read a transcript here.

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