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Lest you be holding onto a lingering suspicion that Anna Wintour is every bit the chilling, untouchable bosslady that the Culture has made her out to be, the Vogue editor appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday to share a very humanizing tale of woe: getting lost in the basement of Madison Square Garden at Kanye West's New York Fashion Week show-slash-album release party.
Wintour's trials actually started before that, when she arrived punctually to the event and was forced to sit in an empty VIP area by herself until the Kardashian-West family rolled in. When she tried to follow Jay-Z's cue and leave early, she accidentally exited into the basement of the venue, where she struggled to find her way out for half an hour, until a kindly staffer took pity on her.
"I was really in tears, and then this little security guard came up to me and said, 'Did your son play baseball for Collegiate?'" Wintour says. "And I said, 'Yes?' and he said, 'Oh, I was his coach! Can I help you?' And I said, 'Yes, please take me out of here!'"
Now, I may not have a grown son who attended a New York City prep school, nor was I invited to sit with the Kardashians at Kanye's show, nor was I invited to Kanye's show, but I know what it's like to feel afraid and alone in an unfamiliar landscape that should be fun but only feels oppressive and isolating. I went to Los Angeles once.
In solidarity with that other mega-powerful woman above the age of 65 who is constantly forced to humanize herself to the public, Wintour wore a tweed suit with a Hillary Clinton t-shirt underneath it.