Anna Wintour Attempts To Make Friends With Teenage Girls

In an interview for The Teen Vogue Handbook, Anna Wintour is asked: "Describe your typical day." She replies: "There is no typical day. Every day is different, and that's why it's fun." Wait: Did Nuclear Wintour just say FUN?

The accompanying photograph even depicts Ms. Wintour smiling. The Viscountess of Vogue talks, of course, about why Fashion is Important, saying:

"Fashion reflects the times just as much as a headline in a newspaper does. If you look at the miniskirts of the sixties or the Chanel suits and jewelry of the eighties, you can see that. Vogue informs the reader about what's going on in the world, not only through fashion but also through politics, the arts, philanthropy, and sports. Fashion does not exist in a vacuum."

But Wintour takes a hard line — well, a realistic line — when it comes to young people who are interested in fashion: "Because of reality television and all these celebrities thinking they can be designers, everyone imagines that they can just become a designer, photographer, or model, but that's not the way things work," she says. "People have to go to school, learn their craft, and build a brand-that's the right, healthy way to do things. If you're an overnight sensation, you can be yesterday's news in no time, whereas building something slowly and carefully that has value and quality, that's what's going to have legs. You'd be amazed at how many people come in here, and they make perfectly nice clothes, but they don't understand how to differentiate their brand from another, or they don't have a business plan, or they don't know where to produce things. Don't run before you can crawl."

Still, it seems like she wants potential Vogue staffers to think she's not the Devil Wears Prada ice queen she's made out to be:

Q: Is there a "wrong" thing to wear to an interview with you?
A: A suit, I have to say. But who knows? Maybe next year I'll love suits. And I don't mind jeans. If there's a girl applying to work in the fashion department and she comes in here with a great pair of jeans pulled together with the right top, it's fine.

That's right, Anna Wintour says it's okay to wear jeans. The "right" top, however, is probably the Luz & Patmos sweatshirt seen in the October issue, which has a price tag of $395.

The Teen Vogue Handbook: Anna Wintour [Teen Vogue]