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 Winfrey’s 21-Day Diet Detox

With summer just around the corner, Oprah Winfrey is saying bye, bye to burgers – hello tofu and tempeh!

The talk show host, 54, is going vegan for a 21-day detox plan. In addition to swearing off animal products, Winfrey and three pals from her production company are also banning caffeine, sugar, gluten and alcohol.

What inspired the massive menu overhaul? The small-screen queen credits Kathy Freston’s book Quantum Wellness and online sessions with Canadian motivational speaker Eckhart Tolle. (She’s also getting help from chef Tal Ronnen.)

And as the detox progresses, Winfrey will be blogging the diet’s ups and downs. (Her Web site will also include meal plans and recipes.)

“This 21-day cleanse gives me a chance to think about [eating] differently and see what my attachments are to certain kinds of foods – and what I’m willing to do to change,” she wrote on Sunday (day one). “Don’t know if I’m going to feel better or worse, but I’m willing to try to see if my body at least feels differently.”

So far, Winfrey isn’t missing her meat.

“I had been focused on what I had to give up – sugar, gluten, alcohol, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese. ‘What’s left?’ I thought,” she wrote on day two. “Apparently a lot. I can honestly say every meal was a surprise and a delight, beginning with breakfast – strawberry rhubarb wheat-free crepes.”
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EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Tina Turner’s Pre-Tour Body|Celebrity News

Retirement is for wimps. After a seven-year hiatus, Tina Turner – looking svelte in this exclusive photo – will grace the stage again starting with a Kansas City show on Oct. 1, all thanks to some nudging by another legendary siren, she tells Oprah Winfrey.

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“I was at the Armani show in Milan just chatting with Sophia Loren. I told her I was taking a break. She said for how long … I said oh, seven years. She said, ‘Break over. People want to see you. Get back to work,’ ” Turner says on the May 8 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Her famous fans weren’t alone in their zeal for Turner’s return: “After [performing at] the Grammys when I got home to Zurich, people would come up to me in the restaurant, in the ladies room, on the street … everywhere. I started getting lots of little slips of paper and napkins with notes from fans. Some of them were so touching about my life, or a song and how it helped them. Each time I kept the note … and suddenly there was a pile. I called my manager and said, ‘It’s time! ‘”

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Exclusive: The Pregnant Man Speaks Out|Celebrity News

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The “pregnant man” is speaking out about his decision to have a child – saying, “I’m a person and I have the right to have my own biological child.”

Click play for a teaser from Thursday’s Oprah. Beatie told Oprah: “I see pregnancy as a process and it doesn’t define who I am. Ironically, being pregnant doesn’t make me feel any more female or feminine.”

on Thursday’s episode of Oprah Winfrey Show Thomas Beatie, a transgender male, talks about the baby he and wife Nancy are expecting this summer. “If Nancy could get pregnant, I wouldn’t be doing this, ,” Beatie tells of his wife’s hysterectomy. “Who hires a surrogate if they are perfectly capable of carrying their own child?”

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