Carine Roitfeld Is Anti-Anorexia, Pro-Peeing Behind Cars

Carine Roitfeld confirms in a new interview what we already knew back in 2008: those rumors that she, a barely-English speaking editor then in charge of a publication with a circulation of around 130,000, would be tapped to replace Anna Wintour at the helm of the behemoth that is American Vogue were totally false, just part of the gossip-column psy-ops of Wintour and Condé Nast as they renegotiated her contract. Roitfeld says of Wintour:

"She's tough but she's very honest. I like that. When my kids came to New York she invited them to dinner and as a mum those are things you don't forget. She is not my best friend, we never talk on the phone every day, but she is someone I respect, and the older you get in this business the fewer people you respect."

Roitfeld also says she sleeps in her eye makeup ("It is very wrong to sleep in your make-up but when you wake up the next morning, I think it looks very good"), prefers the label "erotic chic" to "porno chic," and disapproves of anorexia ("Sometimes, they were right," she says of her Vogue-era critics). And then the editor told a story about public urination:

"When I was going in nightclubs there were cameras in the toilets looking to see if you were taking drugs, so I said, 'OK, I will never go to pee in the toilet in a nightclub.' I will always prefer to go to pee behind a car. We took a picture like this." It's not something one can imagine Anna Wintour or Alexandra Shulman, her British counterpart, admitting to. "It was reality for me," says Roitfeld. "It is important to have a sense of humour and always with a certain chic. Even if the girl is peeing behind a car, she is doing it with a chic attitude."

[Telegraph]


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