Rumor: Vogue editor-in-chief considered for ambassadorship

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour may be appointed to an ambassadorship as a reward for her Obama fundraising efforts.

 

UNCONFIRMED

SFGate.com and Huffingtonpost.com, among other news outlets, are reporting rumors that Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is being considered for an ambassadorship to either England or France as a reward for her 2012 fundraising efforts for President Obama.

CONFIRMED

Wintour raised over $40 million with the “Runway to Win” fashion line, featuring designs by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Jason Wu and Vera Wang, in addition to co-hosting a $40,000-a-plate fundraiser with Sarah Jessica Parker in June and a $35,000-a-plate dinner with Harvey Weinstein in August, according to The Associated Press.

Republicans cool to idea

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph reported that Republicans have attacked Obama's consideration of Wintour as ambassador to Britain, with some claiming that GOP senators would block her appointment.

"It's just not happening," one Republican congressional source told The Daily Telegraph. "She's not going to get confirmed. All Republicans would oppose." Republican senators declined to speak on the record about how they would vote. "We don't want to prejudice potential hearings," a spokesman for one said.

Some like the idea of an “outsider” appointment

Some diplomatic officials and Democrats vigorously defended the prospect of appointing an outsider such as Wintour, whose fearsome management of a large and successful global company earned her the nickname "Nuclear Wintour" and inspired the book and film "The Devil Wears Prada".

P.J. Crowley, a former spokesman for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, told The Daily Telegraph such FOPs (friends of the president) could bring "a new perspective and a new skill set" to America's embassies and challenge the professional bureaucracy.

No word from Wintour whether she would even consider leaving her helm at Vogue for an ambassadorship.

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