It seems Anna Wintour’s initiative against too skinny models started at the beginning of her career as Editor for Vogue.
Weight is a touchy issue in the fashion world and one that has to be approached with a certain amount of trepidation in order not to offend or be accused of promoting unhealthy body ideals. US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is only too aware of this having launched the recent Vogue ‘ Health Initiative’ – a pact between the magazines’ various country editors to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry.
But it seems Wintour was doing her bit for the cause long before the initiative was realised. Speaking of her favourite images from the pages of the title she now helms to celebrate its 120th anniversary, she revealed the tale behind the cover of the November 1988 issue – the first published under her editorship – featuring Israeli model Michaela Bercu – which shocked many because Bercu was wearing denim jeans.
“Michaela was wearing an haute couture Christian Lacroix jacket with a beaded cross, all very Like a Prayer, and stonewashed Guess jeans… The jacket was actually part of a suit, but the skirt didn’t fit Michaela; she had been on vacation back home in Israel and had gained a little weight.” she told VOGUE.COM . “Not that that mattered. In fact, it only served to reinforce the idea to take couture’s haughty grandeur and playfully throw it headlong into real life and see what happened.” (More at fashion.telegraph.co.uk)