Anna Wintour Slams Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

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Anna Wintour front row at the Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2012 fashion show.

Anna Wintour is typically nothing if not diplomatic, but the American Vogue editor held nothing back in a recent interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica on the subject of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The politician and self-proclaimed womanizer has drawn criticism from all over the world, and Wintour wasn’t afraid to add her two cents.

“I am disgusted. I have no other words,” she told the paper, according to Women’s Wear Daily. “I am disgusted and embarrassed: How can Italy tolerate Silvio Berlusconi and his bevy of girls?”

Wintour went so far as to call the current Italian government “in effect a dictatorship.”

The editor did show her support for one aspect of Italian culture, however. (She is in Milan for Fashion Week, after all.) “On one side, there is the Made in Italy, the designers, the great creations that credit you around the world and that have no equal. On the other side, there is a political reality that is so compromised. How can you tolerate all this?”

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