>> The months-in-the-making 60 Minutes profile of Anna Wintour finally aired last night, and besides the tired Devil Wears Prada and unauthorized biography references, a snarky Morley Safer provided a candid look at "Darth Vader in a frock" — except for the instances when she purposely evaded his question. He even asked her if she thinks of herself as a b*tch: "I hope I'm not . . . I try not to be, but I like people who represent the best of what they do and if that turns you into a perfectionist than maybe I am."
She laughs when asked if it's true that Vogue staffers are not allowed to speak to her on the elevator:
Oh yeah, I heard that, you're not allowed to get in the elevator with me. That's a complete exaggeration. I guess in response I can only say that I've have so many people here that have worked with me fifteen, twenty years, and if I'm such a b*tch they must really be a glutton for punishment because they're still here.
She credits part of her success to her failures elsewhere: "I wasn't academically successful and maybe I've spent a lot of my career trying to make up for that." But she's still the Anna whose daily hair and makeup bill, plus a rumored $200,000 annual clothing allowance, is all picked up by Conde Nast — and her view of "reasonable" clothing prices reflects that. She visits Alexander Wang's showroom for a runthrough, and as a silver sequined minidress passes by, she asks Alexander how much it is. "This one retails for $1,200." Her reply? With a little smile: "It's very reasonable."
But designers can irritate her: "If you see a collection that you feel the designer has been lazy or is taking inspiration from other designers, it doesn't as much as bore me as anger me."
Even Andre Leon Talley, one of those figures who have been at Vogue for years, feels the Wintour chill:
It's not like a tea party here, we work very hard. Let's say that Anna can be intimidating, I think that's her armor, to intimidate, to give people a sense that she's in charge. She is not a person who's going to show you her emotions ever. She's like a doctor. When she's looking at your work, it's like a medical analysis. Some of us can't cope with that . . . we need to be loved.
But it's something to get used to — if Anna has any say, she'll be sticking around a while longer. "To me, this is a very interesting time to be in this position, and I think it would be, in a way, irresponsible not to put my best foot forward and lead us into a different time." Morley prods, asking her if when the time comes, she'll go quietly? She smiles. "Certainly, very quietly."
The full segment, plus outtakes! »
60 Minutes uploaded seven further outtakes from all their time with Anna Wintour; below, a few of our favorites. In the first clip, she's grilled about fur. "I love fur. Over the years I've had raccoons thrown at me, and I've had paint thrown at my house, and I simply ignore it," she says. "I don't like to travel with security but it got to the point when I was having pies and rice and fake blood and all sorts of things thrown at me. It just became easier to use the security. I mean, was I going to not have security and not wear fur? No way.”
Donatella Versace, Ralph Lauren, Miuccia Prada, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana sound off on Anna's influence — the latter two say that she advises them on "the new color" and if they're "insecure about some clothes," she'll tell them "yes or no."
Anna's stance on obesity: "I had just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as 'little houses.' There's such an epidemic of obesity in the United States, and for some reason everybody focuses on the anorexia. We need to spend money, time, and education on teaching people to eat, exercise, and take care of themselves in a healthier way."
A peek into the fashion closet, with Vogue accessories editor Sylvana Soto-Ward.
Anna admits that she asked Oprah to lose 20 pounds before appearing on the cover of Vogue, but says it was only a "gentle suggestion."
The rest of the outtakes here.