Because it’s not enough to edit a phonebook-sized fashion bible that, with each issue, inspires instant trend shifts and ritual rounds of purging among its high-fashion readership, Vogue editor Anna Wintour needs another laurel to instill fear in her underlings and critics. Being named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age should do the trick.
Cited not just for her work with Vogue but for the magazine’s male companion, Men’s Vogue, younger sister, Teen Vogue, and the soon-to-launch shelter book, Vogue Living, Wintour tells Ad Age‘s Nat Ives: “I learned many years ago to remain completely focused on what I do and not worry about what’s being said or what’s being written.” This goes for all comers, from animal rights groups to disgruntled former assistants to Hollywood producers to gossip blogs that speculate she may have Parkinson’s.
Previous winners haven’t done too shabby for themselves. 2005′s winner, Wired‘s Chris Anderson went on to write the bestselling book, The Long Tail</em. David Granger of Esquire, 2004′s winner, has thrown his magazine’s hat into politics, endorsing congressional candidates in the midterm elections (not to mention Scarlett Johansson as sexiest woman alive). The Atlantic‘s Cullen Murphy won in 2003 and has gone on to become editor-at-large at Vanity Fair. And finally, 2002′s editor of the year, Us Weekly‘s Janice Min, is going strong, having re-upped with Wenner Media for a reported $1.2 million in 2005.
In short: In yo’ face, PETA!