SSo remember on Friday when the Huffington Post put up those deliberately unflattering pictures of Anna Wintour and then stonewalled the Observer when reporter Matt Haber tried to ask them about it? Well the editors at the HuffPo finally responded to Haber, and editor Roy Sekoff says about the incriminating post, "In On Becoming Fearless, Arianna does indeed talk about aging and body image, and about beauty emanating from within. I don't think this post is inconsistent with any of that. I guess it's all in how you look at it. For me, I look at the Wintour pictures and think she looks great and exudes the kind of self-confidence and self-assurance that Arianna called 'the ultimate turn-on.'"That's a whole load of bull hockey for a number of reasons. First, let's look at the wording of the original HuffPo post, shall we? "Vogue editor Anna Wintour is the international arbiter of fashion, recognized in an instant by her haircut and large sunglasses. But what does she really look like? Thanks to the strength of today's digital cameras and the below AP photo from Thursday's Tommy Hilfiger show, cropped several ways to show every pixel, now you can know." But why do we desperately need to know what Anna Wintour looks like close up? Some could argue that she perpetuates an industry obsessed with looks, but it seems counterproductive to obsess over Wintour's looks as a way of revenge. In fact, it's just continuing the cycle. And here's what Huffington says about aging in On Becoming Fearless, via Haber, "We need to be in touch with the natural cycle of life and let our preoccupation with appearances fade as we become more engaged in causes larger than ourselves." So, the way to be less preoccupied with our appearances is to zoom in on someone else's. Um. Ok! Here's some more wisdom from Ms. Huffington of the anti-beauty agenda. "The first step to becoming fearless about our physical appearance is knowing that our fears of inadequacy are manufactured and mass-marketed. The fear-generating message of perfection we measure ourselves against comes not from Moses on the mountain-top but from the multibillion-dollar cosmetics and fashion industries whose profits are directly tied to our levels of insecurity." That's pretty rich coming from a woman whose 1986 wedding to Michael Huffington cost $110,000, according to a December 2005 profile of Arianna in Vanity Fair. Her dress alone cost $15,000, and that's 1986 money! But I guess all that was when she was a Republican, and now that she's a woman of the people, she's very strongly against embracing the "multibillion-dollar cosmetic and fashion industries." That's probably why last week the HuffPo had a user's guide to walking in five-inch heels. Huffington Post Editor Explains Anna Wintour Post [NY Observer] Anna Wintour Up Close [Huffington Post] Earlier: Loose Lips
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