Source: Anna Wintour ordered Oprah Winfrey to lose 20lb before appearing on Vogue cover

She’s told millions of women not to succumb to societal pressure to be thin, but Oprah Winfrey couldn’t help but shed the pounds after Vogue editor Anna Wintour told her to get skinny for the cover of the magazine.

Even though the shoot was back in 1998, the revelation is sure to come as a surprise to Oprah’s army of female fans who have looked up to the famously curvy Queen of Chat as an inspiration when dealing with their own weight.

Wintour revealed in an American TV show that she advised the famous talk show host to drop 20lb in order to grace the cover of the ‘fashion bible’.

‘It was a very gentle suggestion,’ said Wintour, laughing. ‘I went to Chicago to visit Oprah, and I suggested that it might be an idea that she lose a little bit of weight. I said simply that you might feel more comfortable. She was a trouper!’

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Fat chance: Vogue editor Anna Wintour told Oprah Winfrey to shed 20lbs if she wanted to appear on the cover of Vogue

Oprah, now 55, took the fashion legend advice by going on a rigorous diet and exercise regime and she was later featured on the cover ago with the tagline: ‘Oprah! A Major Movie, An Amazing Makeover.’

Cover girl: Oprah slimmed down for the 1998 cover of Vogue after being advised by Anna Wintour

Cover girl: Oprah slimmed down for the 1998 cover of Vogue after being advised by Anna Wintour

The movie referred to was Beloved, which was based on a novel by author Toni Morrison about a former African-American slave visited by the ghost of her dead daughter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Talk about a power couple! Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama find plenty to discuss at Time’s 100 Most Influential People gala Tuesday at New York’s Lincoln Center. Both women were named to the magazine’s annual list.

Chat Show Queen Oprah Piles On The Pounds After Vowing To Lose Weight

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Despite vowing to drop the pounds, Oprah Winfrey now appears to have put on weight.

The chat show host recently confessed that her weight was making her miserable and hailed 2009 as the ‘year of hopefulness’.

But judging by these pictures, Oprah still has her work cut out for her.

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Oprah Hosts Phelps and Other Olympic Champs

Even face-to-face with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Phelps remains mum on the topic of his private life.

But in terms of Olympic-sized revelations, Nastasia Liukin admits she gained inspiration from The Secret, while Kobe Bryant confessed to his surprise at finding he has so many fans in China. Read the rest of this entry »

Oprah Gives Stanford Grads Summer Reading

Everybody gets a degree! Everybody gets a degree!

Oprah Winfrey brought her inspirational den-mother rhetoric—and penchant for freebies—to Stanford University’s Class of 2008 last night, addressing more than 4,000 students at the school’s commencement ceremony.

“You’ve got the diplomas, now go out and get the lessons,” she told the cap and gown wearers, before giving all the grads new cars a couple of inspirational books—Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future and Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose—to start them on their way.

Not that it was all touchy-feely, reach-for-your-dreams pronouncements.

“Money is pretty nice,” she said. “I like money. It’s good for buying things.”

Check out Winfrey’s complete 29-minute speech below.

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Oprah and Stevie on-side for Obama ahead of Super Tuesday

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Oprah and Stevie on-side for Obama ahead of Super Tuesday

With the time ticking away before 19 US states vote on presidential nominees during key votes on what is known as Super Tuesday, the wife of White House hopeful Barack Obama enlisted the help of two of her husband’s very special supporters at a campaign rally in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Raising some last minute support for the Democratic candidate at the event organised by Michelle Obama were chat show queen Oprah Winfrey and Stevie Wonder.

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While the music icon pulled out his harmonica and played a tune for the 3,000-strong crowd, Oprah took the stand to tell women they shouldn’t feel guilty if they preferred the Illinois senator for president instead of female candidate Hillary Clinton, who is currently neck-and-neck with Mr Obama in the latest polls. “Being free means you get to think for yourself,” said Oprah. “And you get to decide for yourself what to do.”