Now, as she is named 69th on the most powerful women list alongside other fashion figures, Diane von Furstenburg, Muccia Prada and Gisele Bundchen, Ms Wintour seems either in denial, or keen to right a wrong.
'I think that's just something that's been fabricated by certain elements of the media and as you well know, once something is out there, particularly in today's world, it just gets exaggerated.
It comes as millions of women share their experiences of harassment in an online campaign that arose from the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein.
And, you know, I just keep my head down and do the job to the best of my ability.''All of us at Vogue are always looking for talent - for someone who has a head on their shoulders and who can understand that being talented is obviously important, but that you also have to have a sense of business and being creative and commercial are two words that can work together,' she told Forbes.
Ms Wintour said she is particularly proud of the covers that have featured the 'women I sincerely admire,' namely, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.
The more emotional intelligence one has the easier it is to deal with intimidation from others.
As a general rule, I have often found that the people I encounter who are aggressive, judgemental, miserable, rude or just plain horrid usually have a reason for being the way they are.