Forbes released its annual list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" and of course there are a few fashion people on it. However, the highest ranked fashion industry lady was not the one you'd expect. Designer and CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg came in just after Beyoncé at 33.
She's followed by Anna Wintour at 51, Miuccia Prada at 67 and Gisele Bundchen at 83. But, wait. That means Forbes considers Von Furstenberg 18 spots more powerful than Anna Wintour. Anna. Wintour. Isn't the name practically synonymous with power?
Diane Von Furstenberg is a successful designer, president of the CFDA and married to media mogul Barry Diller (No. 804 on the Forbes Billionaires list). But we still kind of feel like Anna Wintour has more power.
More than just an intimidating fashion editor, Wintour has shown time and time again that she has the power to make just about anything happen, whether it's an elaborate political fundraising initiative or a worldwide night of shopping and free booze. So why did Forbes rank Furstenberg higher?
The magazine cites various accomplishments including her fourth term as CFDA president, "wielding the power of the president of the trade association of the country's top 350 designers," collaborations with Roxy and Evian, and a revenue of over $200 million.
Oddly, in Wintour's profile, Forbes straight up calls her "the most powerful woman in fashion." Isn't that a little bit of a contradiction there, Forbes? Accomplishments mentioned include her new "sway in politics" via fancy fundraising dinners and Vogue's wide reach of 11.4 million in print and 1.2 million readers online.
Since Von Furstenberg is listed in the "business" category and Wintour in the "media" category, we're guessing the ranking has more to do with business and revenue than ability to wrangle Michelle Obama for a cover. You can see Forbes' full list here.