Fashion icon Anna Wintour is to be honoured by the Human Rights Campaign for her vocal support for the LGBT community.
The British-born Wintour (62) has been editor-in-chief of American Vogue since 1988 and is one of the most influential people in fashion. The character of Miranda Priestly in the book and film The Devil Wears Prada is said to be based on Wintour.
She will be the guest of honour at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Greater New York Gala dinner on February 4, which will celebrate the state’s legalisation of same-sex marriage in June last year.
Wintour will be given the organisation’s ‘Ally for Equality Award’ for her outspoken support of equality for the LGBT community. The award will be presented by the creator of the hit series Glee and American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy.
This award is given to allies outside the LGBT community who dedicate time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT people.
“We recognise Anna Wintour for her grace, dignity, style, philanthropy, and generosity,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.
“We are proud to honour her with the Ally for Equality Award for her commitment to the LGBT community through her work with marriage equality, HIV/AIDS activism, and the It Gets Better Campaign. It is completely fitting that someone like Ryan Murphy, who has done so much to advance LGBT equality, is presenting this award to Anna Wintour.”
In May last year, Wintour appeared in a video for the Human Rights Campaign supporting same-sex marriage rights.