Bloomberg’s report that Anna Wintour is being considered for an ambassadorship in the U.K. or France didn’t just have fashion news sites like ours buzzing–it was the topic of conversation on every major morning show, from the TODAY show to MSNBC.
So we thought it was worth looking into a bit more. If you thought our super fun and super serious GChat conversations with Current TV’s Jo Piazza would go away after the election, you thought wrong. Aren’t you happy?
In this latest installment, we discuss why Anna Wintour would be an awesome ambassador, should she want the job. Jo thinks she should. Why? Read on.
Jo: I have been watching MSNBC this morning and they seem to be mocking the idea that Anna Wintour would make a good ambassador. I think that is silly and a little condescending.
Leah: I agree
Jo: Do they think Vogue runs itself?
Leah: Well, that and, she was one hell of a fundraiser. Runway To Win–that campaign where she enlisted Marc Jacobs et al to make Obama dog collars and t-shirts–raised $40 mill and that’s in addition to the buckets of money she raised hosting multiple $40K a head dinners. Isn’t that how star fundraisers get rewarded? With an ambassadorship?
Jo: It is. But what about running Vogue would make her a good stateswoman? Is she a good negotiator?
Leah: Let’s be real: If she can navigate the egos of the fashion world, make them come together for massive worldwide events like Fashion’s Night Out, I think she can handle whatever the London ambassadorship could throw at her. Plus, she’s already British!
Jo: An ambassador also exports American values to the rest of the world. How bad do you think Anna wants to impart good fashion sense on the globe at large?
Leah: I think she’s done that already! But to your point about the ambassador exporting American values–if those values include being ambitious, growing a business, and building a brand–A-dubs has certainly proved with her work at Vogue that she values those things.
Jo: It is also important to note that Paris and London are not hardship posts. No one wants Anna in Benghazi.
Leah: No. No one wants that. Remember how well that Asma al-Assad profile went over? She’s no good in conflict situations. In either of these posts she’d be schmoozing with the type of people she’s already schmoozing with.
Jo: Exactly. An ambassador is a social engineer–an appointed social engineer. They organize visits, welcome visitors, host cocktail parties, with the intent to promote America’s relationship with another country.
Leah: See: The Met ball. Anna Wintour can do that.
Jo: Yes Met Ball! And as a sidebar, trying to sneak into the Met Ball is like impossible. Anna got that shit on LOCKDOWN.
Leah: Exactly! She never would have let Tareq and Michaele Salahi in. They wouldn’t have even gotten TO THE DOOR.
Jo: And for anyone who says that the ambassador job involves a lot of micro-managing and paperwork I have three words: The September Issue.
Leah: Exactly! Nothing happens without Anna’s approval…I really think she’s extremely well suited for the job. It should be hers if she wants it. I just don’t think she does.
Jo: If I were her I would take it.
Leah: You think it’s a good career move for her?
Jo: I actually can’t really think of a more graceful exit. You can’t run a magazine forever. She will have to turn the reigns over at some point. She might as well do it because “Oh I had to go be a fancy pants ambassador” instead of simply eventually becoming irrelevant.
Leah: It’s true it’s a nice way to go, but her people say she’s not going anywhere. I guess we shall see…