Bezos-Sánchez Aftershocks & The $100M Club

Lauren Sánchez, Jeff Bezos, and Anna Wintour in February 2020.
Lauren Sánchez, Jeff Bezos, and Anna Wintour in February 2020. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
Lauren Sherman
November 20, 2023

How did Lauren Sánchez and Jeff Bezos end up in Vogue? Everyone is still talking about the recent magazine feature on America’s horniest-for-each-other couple with equal parts glee and disgust. As someone smarter than me posited (sorry, I can’t remember who, DM me), this is the purest form of camp: a caricature of an Annie Leibovitz shoot, actually shot by Annie Leibovitz; a man dressed up like a cowboy, wearing bro bracelets; an augmented, otherworldly woman in Skims, Staud, and glimmering jewel-toned gala dresses. It’s the American dream, right? And yet, many of the conversations I’ve had this past week have been about Anna Wintour’s decision to greenlight the piece in the first place. Why and how, they asked.

It’s true that, a year ago, it probably wouldn’t have happened. But Sánchez, who by all accounts (including one from my mom friend who used to be her assistant) is a Really Nice Person, has been smart about the press. Her first big feature was written by another Really Nice Person, Derek Blasberg, for WSJ., then edited by his friend, yet another Really Nice Person, Kristina O’Neill. Wintour rarely goes first, she goes the biggest, and by the time Chloe Malle was shipped off to West Texas to profile Sánchez, she was already engaged to Bezos, about to become one of the richest women in the world.