Queen of the catwalk editors? Vogue's Anna Wintour: Forbes

Mon Sep 7, 2009 11:41pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - When it comes to swaying the followers of fashion, it's hard to fill the designer shoes of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour this year.

Wintour has been crowned 2009's most powerful fashion editor in America in a Forbes magazine ranking, compiled as fashion magazines battle to survive a sharp downturn in magazine advertising and the recession cuts consumer spending.

Wintour, who has an icy reputation and usually shuns interviews, has been on a media blitz to promote fashion documentary "The September Issue" by director R.J. Cutler which followed her Vogue team for almost nine months in 2007.

This publicity put Wintour, with her trademark bobbed hair and black Chanel sunglasses, a head above her rivals who sit alongside her in the critical front-row of fashion shows.

"With more media mentions and the highest year-over-year increase in circulation, there's no denying Anna Wintour has been at the forefront of the retail and fashion industry conversation over the last year," said Forbes.

Wintour, who was believed to have inspired the cut-throat editor played by Meryl Streep in the movie "The Devil Wears Prada," took first place in the annual Forbes list after coming second last year.

The Forbes list looks at which fashion magazine editor has the most sway over the fashion industry and the $200 billion U.S. clothing and accessories retail industry.

Following her down the catwalk of power in second slot was Glamour's Cindi Leive who topped the list last year after leading the magazine to its highest circulation ever and boosting Glamour.com's traffic.

In the third spot came Elle's Roberta Myers, who tied second with Wintour last year, followed by More's Leslie Jane Seymour, then Allure's Linda Wells, and then Ann Shoket from Seventeen.   Continued...