Anna Wintour Told Oprah to Lose Weight + Calls People in Minnesota “Little Houses”

Anna Wintour Told Oprah to Lose Weight + Calls People in Minnesota "Little Houses" 1

Vogue’s Anna Wintour recently did a “60 Minutes” interview – the video is already on the web and it has some weight-related highlights (or lowlights):

1. Anna told Oprah to lose weight (more precisely, around 20 lbs) for the Vogue cover she did in October 1998. Here’s the cover and the exact quote:

“It was a very gentle suggestion,” she said, laughing. “I went to Chicago to visit Oprah, and I suggested that it might be an idea that she lose a little bit of weight.”

“I said simply that you might feel more comfortable. She was a trooper!”

“She totally welcomed the idea, and she went on a very stringent diet,” Wintour said. “And it was one of our most successful covers ever.”


2. Anna said that she recently visited Minnesota and this was her impression:

“I’d just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses,” Wintour said. “There’s such an epidemic of obesity in the United States, and for some reason, everybody focuses on anorexia.”

OK, what do you have to say about all these?


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27 thoughts on “Anna Wintour Told Oprah to Lose Weight + Calls People in Minnesota “Little Houses””

  1. I think Anna has a point. She wasn't exactly delicate about it, but it is true that many people are vastly overweight and it is a US epidemic. The funny thing is that it's the business that she's in that creates the "backlash" about overly thin women and the "support" of larger people, both of which are unhealthy.

    As for the comment to Oprah, I am disappointed that Oprah didn't tell her to stuff her magazine up her tight bony butt.

  2. Little houses? What a strange description. A playhouse or a shed could be considered a little house and I've never seen anyone that big. Maybe she has bad eyesight? Or it could be that she lives on an entirely different planet to everyone else.

    It's true obesity is a big problem. But I think the issue of anorexia and unhealthy skinniness in the media is completely separate. It's not an either/or situation, both are relevant and need to be tackled.

    More people know of Oprah than Anna Wintour, and it certainly seems Oprah has nicer things to say about people than Ms Wintour. Not everything has to be about body size.

    She might think the people of Minnesota are 'little houses', but I bet they're a damn sight more friendly and jovial than 'ol bobble-head above!

  3. I hate to agree with such rude comments, HOWEVER, obesity is a HUGE (pun intended) problem in the US. The serving sizes here are way too big. I honestly wish they would cut back serving sizes nationwide.

    On the other hand, Anna Wintour comes across as a complete self-righteous, arrogant b—. I hate such blanket statements about certain states.

    I totally agree with you Ela!

  4. She has a point regarding obesity in this country but I wouldn't articulate it in such a way. I find her to be completely irrelevant so I could care less what she thinks.

  5. I agree with her, but I just don't like her. She seems so stuck-up, I can imagine her turning her nose up at the "little houses". If it were someone else saying this, someone who didn't seem like a mega-b—, I'd probably agree more.

  6. I wonder if she told any of the Minnesotans that she thought they needed to lose weight….

    Her point about obesity being a major problem in America is definitely relevant, but the way she presented it with such rudeness and disconcern for others renders everything she said less credible.

  7. I agree that with her comments about an obesity epidemic. But I was just curious as to where Minnesota fell on the obesity continuum and there are 20+ states above Minnesota with a higher percentage of obese persons. On has to wonder who is defining obese here and take her comments with a grain of salt because my guess is that given her occupation her definition of "obesity" varies a bit from the general population.

  8. she's trying to take the heat off herself by pointing her finger at other problems. like "sure i'm an alcoholic but you rag me about it when you're a smoker." she is right about obesity being a problem but that doesn't make anorexia any less of a problem – and she knows in her heart that she encourages young women to aspire to having twisted views of their bodies in that way.

    i'd also like to add that while both actions are destructive, i know a LOT MORE girls crying themselves to sleep because of anorexia than because of obesity.

  9. she's correct in saying there is an obesity epidemic in the states, but this woman is so far removed from the heart of the us (the "real" america–the midwest), that she thinks she's entitled to pompous statements such as these. she thinks anorexia is overplayed because she would probably praise rail-thin, unhealthy models.

    so going on a "stringent" (and probably unhealthy) diet is ok, as long as it sells magazines? ms. wintour, i think you need to get your priorities in order–and lose the condescending attitude.

    • I have to ask, what do you mean by the "real" America. I moved from Kentucky to California, and I can honestly say that the midwest is no more "real" than Cali. More simple, yeah. More close-minded, sure. But more real? Idunno about that.

      J/W. I never get it when people say that.

  10. Anna Wintour is probably just upset that her Roger (the tennis player) is marrying his beautiful, if not a bit plump wife and is having a baby with her instead of bangin' her witered old a$$. HAH!

    Men prefer real women – with heart, purpose and in all shapes and sizes – over someone so dry and indifferent.

  11. whenever you've focused on 1 problem for long, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by all the other problems out there. the skinny/fat thing is just one example of how it might start to feel funny fighting against something that seems to be the absolute opposite of another problem. but u don't need to try and heal all anorexia cases and obese people with the same medicine, world is a tricky place, pick your battles, both ana/obesity are worth fighting against, u just gotta be sure not to preach to the wrong audience(i've wittnessed some people go on and on about obesity to near-anorexia girls, well that's like pouring liquor to a fire..)

  12. I too live in minnesota, and depending where you live, there are a LOT of tiny people (in the cities mainly) but is not always the case in the suburban/rural communities. (not saying that everyone is obese…

    I just hate the she referenced obesity to our state specifically! We're halfway down the list of "fat sates" and it's not just one state's problem, it's the whole country..but apparently when you work for Vogue, you get to be rude whenever you want….She apparently is not minnesotan, and doesn't know Minnesota-nice

  13. obesity is a huge problem, but what news does she watch read? Most mass media focuses on "the obesity epidemic" not anorexia, as many tabloids do. Maybe she only reads tabloids which would explain her b—y douche bag comment to Oprah, I can;t believe Oprah put up with that.

    Anne strikes me as an old hag.

  14. What a Beeaatch! Being from MN does NOT qualify one as being the same size as a "small" house. Just in case she didn't know, Minneapolis is rated as the 3rd fittest in the nation and NY is 5th. Kiss my big fat ass, Ms. Wintour.

  15. i really don't think so. obesity is physical. anorexia is psychogenic. people with eating disorders are mental ill and need to get help but obese people just have to look a little after themselves.

    • You can't say that obesity is a much bigger problem, because they are equally huge problems. It's just as sick and unhealthy that people starves themselves to obtain an image that some people claim is the only way to being happy and successfull, as it is just as sick as people overeating

  16. First, I would like to say that obesity is a problem in the U.S. But if you want people to listen to you, why would you say it in such a rude, arrogant way?

    Seeing as she's all about Vogue, her idea of thin is probably the unhealthy version. The kind that teenage girls try to imitate – and succeed, being diagnosed with anorexia.

    The kind of business she does causes these things, like eating disorders and support for the obese. She looks like an overly-skinny, prudish b—, and even if she had politely mentioned the rise of obesity in the U.S., I wouldn't respect her opinion.

    And also, the way she said "most people" wasn't right either. The majority of the state isn't fat, not even near that at all. That would be crazy. I don't know where she spent her time, but there isn't that many heavy people at all.

    Ms. Wintour, if you want your opinion valued at all by anyone, then I suggest you stop being such a stick-figured b— and talk like you aren't better than everyone (because, quite frankly, you aren't).

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