Haute 100 NYC: Anna Wintour Talks Beyonce in New Podcast


Vogue has officially launched its first podcast. Hosted by former editor-at-large and current contributing editor André Leon Talley, each episode will give fashion addicts a haute insider’s ear into the realm of fashion. The first episode launched this week with Her Holiness Anna Wintour.

Wintour and Talley discuss a number of haute topics, from the current September issue story-by-story, even referring to page numbers, to the music industry heiress Queen Bey and a number heavy hitters.

Talley commenced the podcast asking Wintour what distinguishes this issue [the September issues] from the others as well as what is she most proud of. Wintour responds, “Well I think the September issue has really become an event in itself and that people you don’t necessarily associate with looking at Vogue on a regular basis come up to me in the street or at a party and they say ‘I really liked that cover or I really liked the September issue’ so I think it has a very broad reach.”

The current September issue, which features Queen Bey, marks Vogue’s editor-in-chief’s 27th issue.

Talley then asks what attracted you to Beyoncé for this cover as the strongest force in fashion? She replies, “I think Beyoncé is every woman. She’s superwoman, she’s an extraordinary businesswoman, she’s a force of fashion. She totally understands the way to communicate to millions and millions of fans and there is a quote in Lee Daniels Empire piece where he talks about being fearless and because of his upbringing how he has that big depth of taking that leap and to me Beyoncé has that.”

Wintour then reminisces on her very first September issue, which featured super model Naomi Campbell in 1989. She says, “For my very first September issue, I put Naomi Campbell on the cover. I don’t know if you remember, she was wearing this orange sequin Anne Klein suit that would probably look incredibly ’80s today. But we have this meeting every month where we present the issue to the corporate floor, and I remember all the men in suits being absolutely stunned by the fact that I would put a black woman on the September cover ofVogue. Looking at this issue made me very proud of how far we’ve come and how much the world has changed. That question would just simply not arise today.”

Other highlights include a mention of a possible Vogue cover with Hillary Clinton and what Wintour thinks about Kanye West running for president.

To listen to the full podcast click here.

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