The Devil Wears Red, White & Blue?
Obama looks to American "Vogue" Editor Anna Wintour as Possible Next Ambassador to the UK or France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite being the inspiration behind Meryl Streep’s role of Miranda Priestly in “The Devil Wears Prada,” Anna Wintour was reportedly regarded as a “good sport” about the rather negative portrayal of the bobbed and sun-glassed fashion mogul. Undoubtedly the English-born Editor-in-Chief, a position she has held since 1988, has perfected an ability to persevere through high-pressure situations.  Which may be one of many reasons Barack Obama is purportedly considering Wintour for the position of US ambassador to either the UK or France.

But the shift from fashion to politics is not such a giant leap for Wintour. During Fashion Week in Paris this past spring, the French election was a favorite topic of Anna’s. During both 2008 and 2012, Wintour was an active supporter of Barack. Just in 2012, she raised half a million dollars, hosted mixers, and attended high-profile meetings where she was particularly intent on addressing the state of commerce in New York City. In fact, politics run in the family-- her brother Patrick is the political editor for “The Guardian.”

Rumors of ambassadorship have circled—and been denied-- since 2008, but recent articles put her in the running with hopefuls like fellow businessperson and bundler Matthew Barzun. Barzun has a few years of experience under his belt as the ambassador of Sweden from 2009-2011 and was the finance chairman of Obama’s presidential campaign. Nonetheless, Obama wishes to repay his biggest donors and fundraisers, and nominating Anna may be her reward as the current ambassadors to the UK and France are not expected to remain in their posts for a second term. Wintour may be "very happy" with her current job, but Obama may just have bigger plans for this powerful and ever chic sexagenarian.