Anna Wintour Calls Being Fired as a Stylist a "Character-Building" Moment
During an appearance on 'The Late Late Show With James Corden,' the Vogue EIC also reveals the person who is never invited back to the Met Gala.
Anna Wintour is the unofficial ruler of the fashion kingdom, so it's difficult to imagine that at some point, she too was at the bottom of the cut-throat fashion food chain.
The Vogue editor-in-chief and Conde Nast artistic director opened up to James Corden about her experience being fired as a stylist, all while wearing a smug (and well-deserved) "look at me now" smile.
"I was told I would never understand the American market," explained Wintour in her signature British lilt of why she was terminated. "I think everyone should be fired," she continued. "I think it's character-building."
Wintour — notably sans sunglasses — proceeded to play a rousing game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts" in which Corden's guests can choose either to answer a sticky question or eat an unsavory snack. In Anna's case, the "disgusting foods" were fast-food delicacies such as "a heart attack on a plate" (a cheeseburger with bacon in a donut) and a chili-dog smoothie.
Corden sent some hardballs her way, including who she would never invite back to the Met Gala. But Wintour was prepared, firing back without missing a beat, "Donald Trump." The tipping point that sent her digging into the bacon-wrapped pizza, however, was Corden's request that she rank Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren from best to worst.
Wintour was joined by designer Zac Posen on the show, as both were in town for the CFDA/Vogue-sponsored fashion show for this year's fashion fund finalists. Notably, neither addressed the Harvey Weinstein scandal, though both had connections to the disgraced movie producer. Weinstein's wife, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, often seated the Vogue EIC next to Weinstein, and Posen has been a longtime judge on Project Runway, which was produced by the Weinstein company. (Wintour publicly denounced Weinstein in a statement to the New York Times, and Weinstein's credit has been scrubbed from Project Runway.)
Watch her appearance below.