Vogue Editor Tells Oprah: Lose 20 Lbs!

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2009 7:45 PM CDT
Vogue Editor Tells Oprah: Lose 20 Lbs!
In this Feb. 16, 2009 file photo, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is seen before the fall 2009 collection of Carolina Herrera is modeled during Fashion Week in New York.   (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, file)

Vogue's editor-in-chief gave Oprah Winfrey some advice before she graced the mag's cover in 1998: Lose some weight, babe. Like 20 pounds. "It was a very gentle suggestion," said Anna Wintour in an unaired portion of her 60 Minutes segment last night, Us reports. "I said simply that you might feel more comfortable. She was a trouper!"

Oprah "totally welcomed the idea" and hit the diet trail before the shoot, Wintour said. "And it was one of our most successful covers ever." In her 60 Minutes interview, Wintour also defended the use of Photoshop on Vogue cover models and said the mag was aware of obesity. "We need to spend money, time and education on teaching people to eat," she said. (More Oprah Winfrey stories.)

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