By Rey Robes Ilagan
MasterClass, an American online education platform, recently announced the addition of Anna Wintour to its roster of renowned personalities hosting virtual classes in various fields of expertise. In her first-ever online class, the legendary British-American journalist teaches creativity and leadership complete with video lessons, workbooks, exercise activities, and interviews.
MasterClass is an online platform with classes taught by the world’s greatest minds. Currently, MasterClass has more than 60 instructors including Serena Williams for tennis, Ron Howard for directing, Usher for arts and performance, James Patterson for writing, Annie Leibovitz for photography, Wolfgang Puck for cooking, Christina Aguilera for singing, and Marc Jacobs for fashion design, to name a few.
Starting this month, Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief and Condé Nast global content advisor, gives unprecedented access to her world in fashion media and publishing via the MasterClass special sessions, which can be accessed anytime from a multitude of devices.
“This is a class for those people who want to understand my leadership style,” Wintour said on her MasterClass introductory video. “And to understand the experiences that have helped me to become an effective leader. You need someone who can push you and isn’t pulling you back. I don’t believe in micromanaging. It’s important to empower those who are working with you because you are nothing without a good team. It’s really important to surround yourself with a team whose opinions you trust.”
In Wintour’s class, the sessions touch on several key topics such as developing a creative vision, recognizing talent, investing in a team, making tough decisions, evolving a brand, and finding your voice.
“You are driven by your heart,” Wintour said. “You are driven by your talent, and you’re driven by your instinct. If you start to question what people are doing to the left of you, or to the right of you, you are going to lose that clarity of thought. Listen to the information but in the end, it has to come from who you are. Own your decisions, and own who you are but without apology. ”
At the end of the video, Wintour expressed the importance of gathering her team after fashion week. “Possibly, the most important meeting we have is the one when we come back from the shows. I would love for you to come with us to one of these fashion meetings.”
MasterClass offers access to Anna Wintour’s sessions starting at $90 per class over at www.masterclass.com.