Anna Wintour has a new job title – and, although there have been numerous whispers that President Obama may appoint the Vogue editor an ambassador, it looks like Anna’s foray into the political arena is going to remain on the back burner for now. As NY Mag reported earlier today, Condé Nast will be promoting Wintour to the new role of artistic director at the company, a position she can add to her already impressive titles as editor-in-chief of Vogue and editorial director of Teen Vogue. With this new position, Wintour really has us asking, how does she do it? And is she actually human?
The new position was created especially for Wintour, and in the role she will be assuming a variety of the responsibilities that were previously held by Condé’s chairman, Si Newhouse, who at 85 years old is taking a well-earned step back and scaling down his responsibilities. Part of Wintour’s new responsibilities will include providing consultation for a variety of different publications under the Condé Nast umbrella – allowing Wintour to provide her invaluable insight and opinions company-wide to any editor that may be in need.
The announcement of Wintour’s promotion comes on the heels of speculation that the long-time editor of Vogue was considering leaving the company or retiring from her post at Vogue. According to the New York Times, Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend claims the company was willing to “go to great distances to avoid losing Anna, particularly in the prime of her career,” which only adds to the speculation that Wintour was seriously considering parting ways with the position that has established her as a fashion icon and global tastemaker. The promotion into Condé Nast’s executive ranks, while confirming that Wintour will not be leaving the company, has also secured her a spot as one of the most powerful women in magazine publishing, joining the likes of Martha Nelson, who was recently promoted to editor-in-chief of Time, Inc.