Ambassador Anna Wintour: Obama Eyes Vogue Editor for Diplomatic Post

She wields plenty of power in publishing and fashion, but rumors have swirled for years that it’s political influence that Anna Wintour’s after — specifically, a European ambassadorship. And though she’s denied that she’s interested, that possible scenario could become reality.

There’s chatter from Washington that President Barack Obama has Wintour on a shortlist of candidates for diplomatic posts in the U.K. or France, her name among a group of high-profile donors being considered for the cushy job openings.

The Vogue editrix, a British-born U.S. citizen, has been a strong supporter of Obama since his 2008 run. She has called on her high-profile friends at chichi events like the $40,000-a-head dinner she hosted at the home of Sarah Jessica Parker, and through the Runway to Win design initiative. Those efforts paid off; Wintour raised $40 million for the president’s re-election campaign alone.

Her prolific fundraising and international connections hardly make her a shoe-in for a post. She’s facing off against an Obama insider, campaign finance chairman Matthew Barzun, another top-tier fundraiser, and financial heavyweight Marc Lasry. But with her spot among Obama’s top 10 fundraisers — plus her powerful connections in Paris and London — she is a strong contender.

Whether or not she gets job — and what that will mean for Vogue — remains to be seen, but here’s imagining a world where America has a very fashionable face abroad.

–Heather Corcoran

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