Power play

Fashion may often be dismissed by imbeciles as an irrelevent, vacuous industry run by shallow, glam types - and who are we to argue, being from the same stock - but the Forbes power list feautures fashionable names amongst the serious politicos. Anna Wintour is one who makes the grade, though she professes to disdain the very thought of herself being 'powerful'. Yeah right, pull the other one, Wintour!

Anna, the US editor of Vogue said, 'I don't think of myself as a powerful person. You know, what does it mean? It means you get a better seat in a restaurant or tickets to a screening or whatever it may be. But it is a wonderful opportunity to be able to help others, and for that I'm extremely grateful. I assure you all the people that work with me on a day-to-day basis don't think that. That's just something that's been fabricated by the media. And as you well know once something is out there, particularly in today's world, it just gets exaggerated. I keep my head down and do the job to the best of my ability.'

She continued, '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. We also have certain women that we go back to that become part of the Vogue family. We're always looking for the new and up-and-coming, but we also like to have a group of women, models and photographers that give us our personality, our character.'

Fashion luminaries Lady Gaga, Gisele, Angelina Jolie and everyone's favourite festival act, Beyonce, also feature prominently on the Forbes list.

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