Apologies are powerful, transformative experiences. This week, use an apology as your creative springboard.
In “An Apology from Anna Wintour,” Lulu recollects a formative experience in the life of a teenaged fashioned model: an apology from an unlikely source, the reputedly harsh fashion editor Anna Wintour.
Anna Wintour, the influential and famously prickly fashion editor, has been editor-in-chief of American Vogue since 1988 and was the inspiration for Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada.
Fourteen-year-old Lulu booked a prestigious job modeling for Savvy magazine, a potentially career-making shoot. But when the magazine was published, her photos were nowhere to be found. Her modeling agency didn’t know what had become of them, so she found the magazine’s address in its masthead and decided to write to Ms. Wintour directly, not knowing if it would even reach her.
Spoilers! It did.
I don’t think we actually thought she would get it. But she did. And if we ever thought she would receive it, we NEVER expected her to respond. But she did.
It is literally unheard of for a model — especially a run-of-the-mill unknown model — to receive a letter from a magazine editor for any reason, let alone an apology for photos not making the publication.
… Do I think Anna would write a letter like that today? I don’t know. I’m not sure. But she did it then & that is what matters to me.
Apologies — giving them, receiving them, accepting them, withholding them — are powerful; Anna Wintour’s had such an impact on Lulu that she wrote about it 35 years after the fact. They’re moments of vulnerability, of profound connection with another person of the sort that doesn’t happen every day, of transformation. There’s risk, and hopefully reward (although not always!).
In short, apologies have the kind of drama and catharsis that make for great posts.
This week’s challenge is all about sharing an apology. Publish a post that commemorates a significant apology you’ve given or received. Tell us about an apology you wish you’d gotten. Create a poem offering an apology you’d always meant to give, but never did. Share an image of the other person involved in yours, or a painting showing how the apology made you feel. Write a short story about an apology gone wrong. (And don’t forget to add the
We’re sorry if this challenge asks you to dig too deep*, but we’re excited to see what you create.
* See what we did there?