Anna Wintour Told Oprah to Lose Weight for Vogue

May 19, 2009 By:
Anna Wintour Told Oprah to Lose Weight for Vogue

What happens when the queen of fashion meets the queen of television? In the case of Anna Wintour and Oprah, the discussion was about weight loss.

During an interview with 60 Minutes, Anna Wintour, who was the inspiration for the Miranda Priestly character in The Devil Wears Prada, talks candidly about being a "bitch," a "perfectionist" and talks about the time she asked Oprah to lose weight before appearing in Vogue magazine.

"It was a very gentle suggestion," Anna said when asked about the weight loss stories.

"I went to Chicago to visit Oprah, and I suggested that it might be an idea that she lose a little bit of weight before she appeared in the magazine," said Wintour.

When asked how Oprah reacted to the "gentle suggestion," Anna said, "She was a trooper. She totally welcomed the idea. She went on a very stringent diet. It was one of our most successful covers ever."

She may be a bitch, she may be a perfectionist, and she may be "needy," but one things for certain: Anna Wintour can make or break anyone’s career, so maybe a simple weight loss suggestion wasn't all that bad after all, right? What are your thoughts?