Tuesday 12 November 2019

Anna Wintour is 'leading contender to be America's UK ambassador'

The British-born editor of American Vogue Anna Wintour. Photo: PA
The British-born editor of American Vogue Anna Wintour. Photo: PA

ANNA Wintour, the British-born editor of American Vogue, is under consideration to be the next US ambassador to London.

On the face of it, Ms Wintour may not appear a natural candidate for international diplomacy.

Her reputation as aloof and demanding personality has earned her the nickname “Nuclear Wintour” and inspired the waspish fashion queen character played by Meryl Streep in the film The Devil Wears Prada.

But Mr Obama is considering the 63-year-old to safeguard transatlantic relations.

It would be hard to find a better connected ambassador in the fields of fashion and entertainment than Ms Wintour, who was awarded an OBE for services to British journalism and fashion in 2008, 20 years after she become editor-in-chief of the world’s leading fashion magazine.

Now a US citizen, she co-hosted a $40,000 a head event in June at actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s home, and then in August hosted a Connecticut dinner that cost $35,800 per person at movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s house. By the end of the campaign she was one of Mr Obama’s top ten fundraisers.

Her rivals for the London job include Matthew Barzun, the finance chairman of the Obama presidential campaign and a former business technology executive. Both are also in the running for the Paris ambassadorship. Candidates will face a rigorous vetting procedure and must be confirmed by the Senate. A final appointment will not be made until well into the New Year.

It is common for US presidents to reward donors with ambassadorships in the world’s most desirable and less politically challenging postings.

Alex Spillius, Telegraph.co.uk

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