Say it ain’t so! Earlier this year rumors began swirling the internet that fashion powerhouse Anna Wintour would be stepping down as the Editor In Chief of Vogue Magazine. The rumor is that Wintour plans to leave following the release of its September issue in mid-August.
For 30 years now Wintour has served as the Editor In Chief of the coveted American Vogue. The job has earned her a spot as one of the most iconic people of all time within the fashion industry. In 2013, Wintour was appointed the artistic director of the magazines publisher Conde Nast. That position furthered her career as a print powerhouse. Wintour also began working with the Metropolitan Museum to curate the annual costume institute exhibit. Fundraising for the exhibit brought the Met Gala, which is one of the biggest nights in the industry for designers, celebrities and media outlets alike.
Fans were upset to hear of Wintours depature even though her more than 30-year career is well-deserving of a quiet retirement. Talk began circulating the blogosphere earlier this year. Over the last few months the rumor mill has spat out some pretty major claims. Some outlets claim that Wintour is leaving Vogue to take a higher position at Condé Nast. Others insist that she wishes to take on a more political role given the current climate.
What’s Next For Wintour?
If Wintour were to depart from Vogue who would take over her position? Surely such a coveted role has a line of succession. We also can’t expect Beyonce to take on every role, can we? Rumor has it that she would be handing over her position to the Editor In Chief of British Vogue. If so, that would be a move that would be all-too reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada. Other contenders for the throne are Amy Astley and Eva Chen, who have been mentioned in the many rumors surrounding her departure.
Fortunately, the rumors seem to be just that—rumors. Both Vogue and its publishing house Condé Nast deny any truth to the claims. The CEO of the publishing company recently spoke with WWD to lay the rumors to rest. CEO Bob Saurberg said that she would not be leaving any position anytime soon. Whew. For now we can rest easy knowing that American Vogue will continue its reign as one of the greatest fashion publications of all time. Just as Anna Wintour can continue to be the enigmatic inspiration behind some of pop culture’s most interesting characters.
Julia Sachs is a staff writer at Grit Daily. She covers tech, entrepreneurship and entertainment news and is based in Park City, Utah.