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Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg Vie For Ranking of World's Most Powerful Woman

Friends? or Frenemies? Via Getty
Friends? or Frenemies? Via Getty

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For the ninth year running, Forbes has ranked the 100 most powerful women in the world. And by that they mean women who "adhere to the traditional classifications of power" (so, money and politics) and "who have risen to the top of the social and cultural landscape" (so, friends in high places and also on Twitter). And a handful of them are involved with the fashion industry.

Vying for power rankings with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (powerful woman No. 1), Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer (No. 20), and general world-dominator Oprah Winfrey (No. 11) are nine of fashion's finest. See who made the cut after the jump.

Lady Gaga (No. 14): If you though Gaga's influence was waning, think again. Gaga just landed the all-important September Vogue cover, wrapped a world tour, and launched a fragrance. And she's giving back, too. The entertainer recently founded the Born This Way Foundation, aimed at empowering youth.

Beyonce (No. 32): The House of Dereon founder has not only managed to get herself crowned People's Most Beautiful Woman in the World, but she's knocked out two albums and a baby this year. And she still found time to befriend Michelle Obama.

Diane von Furstenberg (No. 33): Designer Diane von Furstenberg is so influential and beloved that the CFDA actually allowed her to serve an unprecedented fourth term as President. DVF: The FDR of fashion.

Jennifer Lopez (No. 38): Jennifer Lopez is still doing her line for Kohl's, in addition to about a million other things—including reminding Vogue and the rest of world how amazing she looks in a bikini.

Anna Wintour (51): We're actually a little surprised to find Anna all the way down here at number 51, as she's normally at the top of any power listicle around. Perhaps getting President Obama re-elected will up her standing next year?

Rosalia Mera (No. 54): You may not know her by name, but along with her former husband, the Spanish designer and entrepreneur the created fast-fashion chain Zara. Despite divorcing her husband, she retains a stake the chain's parent company Inditex, and is now a billionarie.

Miuccia Prada (No. 67): The only designer besides DVF to make the cut, Prada is having quite the year. In addition to holding the place of honor at this fall's Costume Institute exhibition, her company is one of the few luxury fashion brands turning a profit these days. Also, she has single-handedly managed to keep dip-dyed hair alive for at least two or three times its natural life span, and if that's not the definition of powerful, we don't know what is.

Gisele Bundchen (No. 83): The world's richest super model is also a "celebrity role model," according to Forbes.

Home Shopping Network chief executive officer Mindy Grossman (No. 96): Changing HSN's reputation from a destination for bored housewives to an upscale shopping destination is no easy task, but Grossman is actually making the network cool, as lines with Jonathan Adler, Mary J. Blige, Iman, and Iris Apfel demonstrate.

· The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2012 [Forbes]
· The 20 Best-Dressed Famous People in the World, According to Vanity Fair's 2012 Best Dressed List [Racked]