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!’
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.’
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