Bee Shaffer Explains What It's Like to Have Anna Wintour as a Mom

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Thanks in part to "The Devil Wears Prada," "The September Issue" and years of media hearsay, Vogue editrix Anna Wintour's reputation certainly precedes her, and despite her immense contributions to the fashion industry over the years, it's not always positive. Known for her cold demeanor and a larger-than-life presence, we can't really imagine what it's like to work for her—let alone what it would be like to grow up with her.

Teen Vogue's Andrew Bevan sat down with 26-year-old Bee Shaffer to chat about what life is like as the daughter of Anna Wintour. We learn that, yes, she can be a tough critic—just wait until you hear how she reacted to Shaffer's very first voice performance as a child—but Shaffer sweetly tells Bevan that her mom passed along a fabulous sense of humor, as well as instilled values like punctuality, efficiency and generosity. 

Plus, Shaffer insists that her mom's icy reputation is overblown. "She wants things to get done," Shaffer says. "She's a boss! It's not bad that she asks people do things. But she came to my badminton games!"

One thing that she didn't get from her mother? A desire to work in fashion—Shaffer recently moved back to New York to work as a segment producer on "Late Night With Seth Meyers." "I'm not that interested in fashion. I'm 5'5" and have huge boobs—I'm not going to wear the same thing as Karlie Kloss," she says.

Watch the full video below.

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