During a segment of this weekend’s ’60 Minutes’ special that did not air, Anna Wintour explained that she once asked Oprah Winfrey to lose weight.
The infamous Vogue overlord, whose draconian workplace antics and subtle dietary requests of her staff were depicted in the book and film ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ said she asked Oprah to shed some weight when she posed for the cover of the magazine in 1998.
“It was a very gentle suggestion,” she said. “I went to Chicago to visit Oprah, and I suggested that it might be an idea that she lose a little bit of weight,” adding “I said simply that you might feel more comfortable. She was a trooper!”
Fortunately, the talk show queen did not seem to mind. “She totally welcomed the idea, and she went on a very stringent diet,” said Wintour. “And it was one of our most successful covers ever.”
Wintour also had tough words for middle America, and believes we need a wake-up call when it comes to our nation’s health habits. “I’d just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses,” she said. “There’s such an epidemic of obesity in the United States, and for some reason, everybody focuses on anorexia.”