Who Told Oprah to Lose Weight?
by Alan Cooper
Oprah's no stranger to yo-yo diets, but imagine anyone having the nerve to tell her to go on diet
Imagine anyone having the nerve to tell Oprah Winfrey to lose weight! That's exactly what Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, did back in 1998, according to an interview with 60 Minutes.
In the TV segment, which wasn't aired, but widely reported, Wintour said she had suggested the talk show host lose 20 pounds (9 kgs) to be on the cover of the fashion magazine, famous (or infamous?) for painfully thin, airbrushed models.
"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. I said simply that you might feel more comfortable. She was a trooper!"
Wintour said Oprah had taken her advice to heart and gone on a strict diet. The result was one of the magazine's most successful photo-shoots ever, she said.
I pity the editor who tries that line today!