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Could Vogue boss be US ambassador?

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Rumours have resurfaced today about Anna Wintour's possible move away from fashion's front line to take up an ambassadorial role for President Barack Obama.

The American Vogue editor-in-chief, who raised $40m for Obama's re-election campaign via a series of starry fund-raising dinners and her Runway To Win initiative is, according to Bloomberg, high on the president's thank you list as he restructures his organisation.

Lisa Armstrong, the Telegraph's fashion editor, and Sarah Churchwell, professor of American studies at the University of East Anglia, discussed whether Ms Wintour would be right for the job.

Ms Armstrong explained to Today presenter Sarah Montague that "she is formidable and she has been in the past quite scary... and formidable is probably good."

"There is a lot of sniggering about it because she is a fashion person but we are not all dipsticks and airheads," she added.

Prof Churchwell explained: "She would bring not just business savvy but also an understanding of the cult of personality - that is what drives Obama's popularity globally."


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