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Forbes Magazine Realeases 100 Most Powerful Women List, Confirms That Anna Wintour is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion

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Forbes magazine released its annual "100 Most Powerful Women" list today, and the fashion set, as usual, is well-represented this year, with about six (and a half!) women in the industry rounding out the 100. First is Anna Wintour, who jumped up two spots from last year, putting her at #39. Anna's had a big year, obviously, being promoted to artistic director of Condé Nast, where she's been flexing her muscles. She was also honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, which renamed its then-eponymous wing to the Anna Wintour Costume Center, a ceremony at which First Lady Michelle Obama, #8 on the Forbes list, cut the ribbon. We already knew she was the queen of fashion and now, it looks like Forbes got the message too.

Also on the list is Angela Ahrendts (#49, who we're counting as 1/2 a fashion person), former Burberry CEO and current SVP of retail and online stores for Apple. Designers Diane von Furstenberg (#68), Miuccia Prada (#75), and Tory Burch (#79) all made the cut once again, but while Diane slid up a few spots from her #74 ranking last year, Tory and Miuccia both moved down from #69 and #58 respectively. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is also on the list at #89 and Sara Blakely, the creator of Spanx (who is worth about $1 billion), brings up the rear at #93.