Anna Wintour officially stuck a stiletto in the persistent rumor she’d be stepping down from Vogue this fall.

On Tuesday, Bob Sauerberg, CEO of Conde Nast, put months of chatter to rest.

“Anna Wintour is an incredibly talented and creative leader whose influence is beyond measure,” he said in a statement to USA TODAY. “She is integral to the future of our company’s transformation and has agreed to work with me indefinitely in her role as Vogue editor-in-chief and artistic director of Conde Nast.”

This announcement comes after the Huffington Post claimed that Beyoncé is reportedly taking “unprecedented control” over the planning process for her cover on the highly-anticipated September issue. These rumors have shocked the fashion world since Wintour is known for her hands-on role in crafting the fashion bible.

Conde Nast emphatically denied rumors of a Wintour departure at the time.


Wintour, 68, is a renowned fashion force and beloved by a worldwide industry. (Her towering influence was made infamous in the 2006 Meryl Streep comedy “The Devil Wears Prada,” a film based on a novel written by her former assistant.)

Wintour was born in the U.K., and began a career in fashion journalism in Britain before relocating to New York in the mid-1970s. In 1985, she returned to the U.K. to helm British Vogue, but by 1988, Wintour was installed as the editor of American Vogue. She has held the position ever since.

In 2013, Wintour was elevated to the dual role of artistic director for Conde Nast, Vogue’s publisher.

Last year, Queen Elizabeth II made Wintour a Dame Commander of the British Empire, the female equivalent of a knighthood.