Fierce Women: 2013 Forbes Most Powerful Women in Fashion Industry

The 2013 Forbes World's Most Powerful Women list has arrived, and not surprisingly, some of the fashion industry's most influential females have made the cut, alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé Knowles, and Hillary Clinton. With some faces ranking for the second year in a row — Anna Wintour, Tory Burch, and Gisele Bündchen among the returning lineup — and a self-made billionaire moonlighting as the newcomer in the fold, the most powerful women in fashion supply an incredible résumé of fashion-forward thinking, savvy business ventures, fearless brand expansion, and general fashion-world domination. We salute you.

See which industry heavyweights were among Forbes's Most Powerful Women, right this way.

#95. Gisele Bündchen
Having made the list last year at spot No. 83, Gisele Bündchen is (still) the world's most powerful supermodel, philanthropist, savvy businesswoman, wife, and mother of two. She was just announced as the face of the H&M Fall 2013 campaign, owns her own skin care line called Sejaa, receives a cut on Ipanema sandals that bear her name, and is a United Nations Environmental Programme ambassador. Bündchen can do it all — and she's only 32.

#90 Sara Blakely
This marks Spanx founder Sara Blakely's first time on the Forbes Most Powerful Women list, and most deservingly so. The revolutionary shapewear, named one of Oprah's Favorite Things, brings in over $250 million in annual revenue, and get this — Blakely owns 100 percent of the private company and has never received outside investment. Thus, she also holds a place on the billionaires list, and is a self-made one at that.

#74 Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg continues her reign on the Powerful Women list, after ranking No. 33 last year. Her collections are sold in more than 55 countries, and her dresses can be seen on the red carpet and on the first lady. She's currently serving her fourth term as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and is always one step ahead. Case in point: she dressed her models in Google Glasses at her Spring '13 fashion show. 

#69 Tory Burch
Tory Burch was last seen on the Most Powerful Women list in 2010, ranking at No. 88. Since then, she's joined the newest batch of Forbes-ranked billionaires, thanks to her eponymous womenswear brand. Burch may be most closely associated with her monogrammed ballet flats, but she has grown her company into a $800-million-in-revenue brand, as of 2012. The entire company is currently valued at more than $3 billion, making Burch the second youngest self-made female billionaire in America. She's also involved with two different philanthropic projects: the Tory Burch Foundation and There Is No Limit Foundation's Association of Women Tie-Dyers From Guinea. 

#66 Rosalia Mera
Rosalia Mera is no stranger to a Forbes list — she clocked in at No. 54 on last year's Power list and is currently ranked No. 195 on the magazine's billionaire list. Mera is the wealthiest self-made woman in the world, thanks to Inditex (best known for Zara), the fashion retailer she cofounded with ex-husband Amancio Ortega. Business success aside, she's also a very strategic and successful investor, with investments made in a marine fish farming group and London's Bulgari Hotel.

#58  Miuccia Prada
Miuccia Prada is the lead designer of her grandfather's luxury goods and clothing company, working in tandem with husband and Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli. Not only has she played a heavy hand in the continued success of the brand — just look to her cool designs season after season — she also presided over the company's major expansion in 2012, opening stores in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. Both she and Bertelli are billionaires and have doubled their net worth from 2011 to 2012, and to top it all off, she just created 40 bespoke dresses for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.

#53 Angela Ahrendts
Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is in her seventh year as the head of the fashion group, and in her time at the top, she has tripled revenue to more than $3 billion annually. She's known for her social-media-focused business strategy and is responsible for growing the brand's presence on Facebook and Twitter, with over 15 million fans and 2 million followers, respectively. With revenue up in every sector of the label, Ahrendts has revitalized the heritage fashion house with a new era of cool.

#41 Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour may be the world's most famous fashion editor, and she's certainly the most powerful. After coming in at No. 51 last year, she's increased her power position in a big way. In addition to her role as editor in chief at Vogue, a title she's held for 25 years, she was named artistic director at Condé Nast in March. Vogue currently has a readership of 11.4 million in print and 1.2 million in monthly visitors online.


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