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Oprah Winfrey By Steven Meisel For Vogue October 1998.
An excerpt from the interview: “As we make our way to the end of Bear Creek and find a spot on a rock to best enjoy the spray from a big, dramatic waterfall, I ask if she ever—when she was young—dreamed of being in Vogue. “Dreamed to be in Vogue? I’m a black woman from Mississippi. Why would I be thinking I was gonna be in Vogue? I would never have even thought of it as a possibility. That’s why it’s so extraordinary. You know what it’s like? I did Ernest Gaines’s book A Lesson Before Dying on my show for the book club, and we went to Louisiana. We sat in the dining room of the big house of the plantation where he, as a boy, would come and help his grandmother. And I said, ‘As a boy, when you saw this house, did you have visions of being in this room and sitting at the dinner table?’ ‘Not even a dream,’ he said. I mean, I’ve been fighting weight all my life, definitely never even thought of myself as an attractive girl. So why would I be dreaming about Vogue?” She starts to laugh. “Vogue is the big house! Didn’t think I’d be sittin’ at that table!”