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Vogue editor alexandra shulman on what keeps her grounded

'I spent yesterday morning driving across London trying to find one, ' she says.'I went to the first butcher and he said he didn't have any.Then i went to the next one and he pulled out a chicken the size of a turkey.I wanted to roast one for dinner because that's what centres me, and life has been so manic recently.'

Shulman, 55, has just come away from the second, highly successfulthe glamorous event saw luminaries such as natalie massenet, the founder ofand the designers victoria beckham, michael kors and katharine hamnett take to the stage to talk about their working lives and what fashion means to them.

As soon as the festival was finished she went on her chicken hunt.'I know it's mad, but a roast chicken for me feels the right thing to do.It makes me feel as if i am home again.I like to cook at home for the three of us.Shulman sighs:'I know.He's 18.He's busy with his own life but he also has a levels and i want him to be fed, looked after and able to do them.I've worked full time since he was born.I ask him if that bothers him and he always says no, but i like to provide some form of a home for him.'

For a moment, i forget who shulman is.For this woman, who is chatting to me like any other concerned mother, is clad from top to toe in relaxed designer wear(Navy shulman is keen on navy for us 'older' women)Complete with in fashion 'mid heel' shoes.

She may not be as well groomed as anna wintour, the editor of american, but i rather like her warm, messy haired, dark eyed mother michael kors sale australia 'thing'.

When she first took the helm of the most well respected and powerful fashion magazine in britain, two decades ago(At 34), fashionistas took a pot shot at her lack of grooming.'I don't care about that, ' she says.'I am not obsessed with how I look.'

This is quite something from a woman who spends most of her life in an entirely different world.Imagine a british version of

The devil wears prada

, where rails of designer clothes are amassed in corridors and everyone, bar her, is stick thin, and you're pretty much there.

'I'm michael kors australia outlet an editor first, ' she says.'It is a public job and I am aware of that.We need to support fashion in this country.It is something we are good at and i am an ambassador for british fashion because it goes with the territory.I have learnt what debates to wade into and which to ignore.'

But the debate that just refuses to go away is the one about models.She is asked about this all the time:Are they too thin?Wouldn't the public prefer to see larger sized women modelling the clothes in her magazine?On and on this debate rages.

She sighs.'I wish I had an answer for you about all this, ' she says, 'but I don't.All i can say is, i don't promote dieting in my magazine.I never do features about changing body shapes or fasting or anything like that.I am very anti that.'

She has, however, come a long way in terms of her attitude to size zero from the furore about the cover of kate moss, dubbed 'heroin chic', which appeared in 1993 shortly after shulman had started as editor there, to where she stands on the issue now.

She has also just signed up to the equity model code of practice, which states that models should be over 16, be paid properly, have regular breaks the kind of stuff most workers expect already.

'It's not really the top magazines that are the problem, ' she says.'We spend so much money on shoots.Of course the models are well looked after, but that's not necessarily the case for all models.'

Yet the former editor of australian, kirstie clements,

Recently wrote a tell all memoir

In which she said that some models were so undernourished they were on drips.She also claimed that she'd heard of them eating tissues to stay thin.Has shulman come across this herself?

'Absolutely michael kors outlet australia not!' she says.'I am not saying Kirstie has made it up, just that I have not found this happening in the UK.' She goes on to talk about what the life of a model entails.

'If you think about it, it's a pretty stressful life.They fly backwards and forwards from one day to the next.They work hard.Most successful models have real stamina.They have an attitude that stands out.Some girls can't deal with it.Others decide they like it, can commit to it and earn a lot of money in a short time.'

She also points out that our current fears over body weight have to be put into perspective.'Look at our grandparents' generation.Women then had small bones and minute waists.They barely ate.I look at dresses from that time;They're minuscule.We have all got a lot bigger and a lot healthier.We are taller.Our bones are bigger and stronger than ever.Our frames have changed shape.'

How does she feel our obsession with our weight and looks affects young girls?'I remember being young and reading and I loved the photo shoots and I aspired to something but I didn't think I was going to be a model or that I had to be super thin to be successful.Our photo shoots are like dreams or films and that's exactly how i remember them.'

Her point is that there is an element of luxurious fantasy about her magazine.Does this carry over to miss, the teen magazine being given away free with 's june issue?

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