Inevitably, they get into a polite one-upsmanship. “I could never do what you do,” Wintour says insincerely to Schumer. It’s interesting— it must actually be a lot of fun to be Anna Wintour. She’s been in her role as editor-in-chief at Vogue for nearly 30 years, and is clearly yet to miss a beat. She’s the queen of the icy fashion stereotype, and she’s in on the joke. The woman is a genius at playing herself.
Anyway, “I could never do what you do,” Schumer replies equally insincerely. Because that’s the thing, no one thinks their job is easy. Are there exceptions to that? Sure. But they’re few and far between. Almost everybody thinks their job is harder than everyone else’s. But politely, we don’t mention it, and keep our eye-rolls internal when our friend tells us again about her scheduling dramas.
Schumer and Wintour, not so much. Within seconds, they’re throwing down. Then they challenge each other to swap lives.
Schumer hams it up. First up, by literally failing to walk in Wintour’s (presumably very precarious) shoes.
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Perched on a chair, juggling a dangerously large coffee and some oversized shades, she “picks” outfits, trying and failing— much to the disgust of her weary assistants— to distinguish between two magenta sequined cardigans.
Schumer is famously unfussed about fashion IRL. In her Vogue cover story, she explains she’s not necessarily against it, she just doesn’t really give it a lot of attention. “I think that there’s a misconception in fashion that everybody wants in,” she says. “I am very happy to remain out.”
Back to the video, and we flash to Wintour at one of New York’s famous stand-up venues, The Comedy Cellar, which I really, really hope is a thing that actually happened. She seems to take it entirely in her stride— but then, that’s kind of her thing, isn’t it?
In the spirit of no spoilers, we won’t reveal the winner here. But the ending does involve an actual mic drop.
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