On Anna Wintour's Birthday, Take a Look Through Vogue's Culture-Defining Covers

Today is Anna Wintour’s birthday, and of course we have to celebrate her in style. What better way than with a look through her magazine’s most culture-defining covers?

You may know her mostly through Miranda Priestly, the caricature-character created by her former assistant-turned-author Lauren Weisberger in The Devil Wears Prada, but the editor in chief of Vogue is a formidable force in her own right. She’s been editor of the American edition of Vogue since 1988, and in addition to running a fashion-defining magazine, her experience and sense of discernment ensure that a cover from Anna asserts a celebrity’s place in the constellation of true stars.

A 2011 Wall Street Journal profile shows the extent of her reach--she had a hand in Obama’s election, in the making of Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby, in the glittering Met Costume Institute gala. And more recently, she’s made waves with Vogue covers featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Lena Dunham, and a September issue starring models who’ve made it big on Instagram.

To celebrate the ultimate arbiter of fashion, we take a look through the covers that established the magazine--and the latest looks that have defined both Anna Wintour’s reign and American culture as a whole.

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