Magazine editor became editor of Huma Abedin’s book – WWD


Anna Wintour is perhaps best known as Vogue’s longtime editor-in-chief, but she’s also moonlighted as editor-in-chief of her friend Huma Abedin’s new memoir “Both / And”.

“She was the very, very first person to see the pages because I wrote most of the book at her house. [in Mastic, Long Island]Hillary Clinton’s longtime assistant Abedin told WWD at a book launch party with fashion designer Tanya Taylor in SoHo. “I was literally printing the pages and she was seeing them in a very, very raw form. She gave me the big picture, but very clear and concise comments. I thought it really helped the quality of the book – suggestions on what was missing, how to end it. And Hillary [Clinton] actually inspired my prologue. She said you shouldn’t go into this process being defensive. Just write down why you are telling your story.

It was also Wintour who first suggested that Abedin write a book in the weeks following the 2016 presidential election, an idea supported by Clinton. But it was not until 2018 that Abedin decided to take the plunge.

“About a year later, I went to lunch with a businessman giving me some advice and I said, ‘Look, a few people suggested that I write my book,’ and he said, ‘ Why would you do that? I said, ‘You know, it’s a pretty amazing story – 25 years of public service, served in the Clinton administration, in the Obama administration,’ ”Abedin said. “He said ‘You will never be able to answer all questions about Anthony satisfactorily. [Weiner, Abedin’s ex-husband] and Hillary in this book, and besides, nobody wants to read about this scandal anymore. ‘ I walked out of that lunch at the Lambs Club in 2018 and said I was writing this book.

Tanya Taylor, Huma Abedin, Samantha Barry at the book launch.
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The book details his childhood in the United States and Saudi Arabia; his 25 years in the public service, including years working with Clinton; motherhood and her marriage to Weiner, the former Democratic congressman and former New York mayoral candidate who spent 18 months in federal prison for sending sexually explicit texts to a teenager.

As for the sequel, Abedin borrowed an idea from television producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes that “this is my year to say ‘yes'”, although a candidacy is highly unlikely. “I don’t see myself running for election. I was on the sidelines. I did it at the highest level. I have worked for two incredible administrations. I feel like I finally have a balance in life.

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