Forbes Names “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”

Forbes has released their annual list of “The World's 100 Most Powerful Women,” and alongside political hot shots like Angela Merkel and tech savvy ladies like Marissa Mayer, there's a few gals in the fashion industry that made the list, among them Diane Von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, Miuccia Prada, Angela Ahrendts, and Gisele Bundchen.

But there was something a little surprising about the list. Diane Von Furstenberg was placed at number 33, a whopping 18 slots higher than Anna Wintour, who was placed at 51. We agree with Fashionista's assessment that Anna Wintour is probably more powerful — because ya know, she's the Anna Wintour; the woman who makes the final decisions on what we see in Vogue (aka the “Fashion Bible”), the woman who founded a worldwide shopping initiative with Fashion's Night Out, the woman who hosts fundraising dinners for presidential candidates!

Anyway, check out some of the other leading ladies who made the list:

– Lady Gaga #14
– Marissa Mayer #21
– Diane Sawyer #23
– Queen Elizabeth II #26
– Nancy Pelosi #28
– Arianna Hufffington #29
– Beyonce Knowles #32
– Diane Von Furstenberg #33
– Jennifer Lopez #38
– Shakira #40
– Angela Ahrendts #45
– Ellen DeGeneres #47
– Anna Wintour #51
– Angelina Jolie #66
– Miuccia Prada #67
– Sofia Vergara #75
– Tina Brown #77
– J.K. Rowling #78
– Gisele Bundchen #83

These women are not only powerful, but inspirational. Do you think fashion bloggers will someday make the Forbes' list?

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  1. Amanda Machell

    Disagree with this… Have you read Diane’s life story?! It’s something you could compare to a New York Times bestseller type of story! She is by far not only powerful but strong. Not Devil Wears Prada ‘bitch’ strong either. More like, life tried to beat me but I kicked it’s ass, strong. DVF went from a powerhouse line decades ago to basically bankrupt, and Diane came back guns a’ blazin’ to save the line. Which, is more successful than the line has EVER been. She literally is woman, hear her roar!
    -AM

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  2. Wil Harris

    This probably has more to so with business than media and this year has been a good year for DVF. It’s her fourth term as President of CFDA and her collaborations with lifestyle brand Roxy and the mineral water Evian have made big revenues. I think that Vogue is the fashion bible and Wintour probably is the most powerful person in the fashion industry and she’s good at politics, go figure! Both these women are such inspirations and deserve to be on this list. Lets leave it at that.

    I don’t know if fashion bloggers will be on this list one day. All these women have one thing in common, they made a difference throughout the world and made history. Has a fashion blogger done that yet? I don’t know.

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  3. Wil Harris

    I think this has more to do with the business side as opposed to the media side. DVF has had a great year in business. She’s in her fourth term as president of CFDA and has had two greats collaborations with lifestyle brand Roxy and mineral water brand Evian, both ranking in big revenues.

    I also think that Anna Wintour has had a great year with the media side. Vogue is *the* fashion bible and she has been very persuasive in the game of politics.

    These two living icons both contributed amazing things to the fashionable world of fashion: DVF with the classic wrap dress and Wintour being Vogue’s editor-in-chief since 1988! They both deserve to be on this list. Lets leave it at that.

    I’m not sure if fashion bloggers will make the list one day. I think that fashion blogging is moving in a direction that one day we can reach that kind of status. Just look at where fashion bloggers were five years ago and then envision what the next five years will be (I know right)!

    One thing all these inspiring women on this list have in common, is that they definitely changed the world and made a difference. The glass ceiling has definitely been shattered and broken, leaving behind tiny pieces that are impossible to put back together! Will fashion bloggers change the world and make a difference?

    Great article Chelsea! I can’t wait to read what other fellow bloggers have to say 🙂

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  4. Molen

    i hope franca sozzani will be there soon , cause she made an amazing work and support good causes.

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  5. Allison

    I think that someday Tavi Gevinson might amount to something as big as “Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women”. She was a muse for the Rodarte sister at my age (and I’m only 12), she went to Fashion Week multiple times before the age of 13 and on top of everything else she has written articles for Harpers Bazaar at age 11 and has done much, much more. Plus this year she’s been cast in a feature film. So at this rate she’ll become quite powerful in many industries.

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