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Shelby Bryan Speaks on Anna Wintour as Ambassador

Her longtime beau has come out in support of his gal.

DIPLOMATIC TALKS: Shelby Bryan, the longtime beau of Anna Wintour, has come out in support of his gal.

Bryan — who rarely speaks on the record about Wintour — told The Daily Telegraph in London this week that she would make a great ambassador, and that she’s been unfairly maligned by the media.

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Wintour, who raised a big pile of cash for the Obama Victory Fund, has been widely tipped to be on the short list for the American ambassadorship to either Britain or France.

“It’s a little bit of male chauvinism,” Bryan said in a brief interview with The Telegraph in Washington, about dismissive press reports. “It’s not just Anna — I see powerful women who really get slammed for being too forthright, or running their business in a very determined way.

“If Jack Welch were being named as a potential ambassador, people wouldn’t be saying, ‘Oh, but hang on, Jack’s a little strict in the way he runs his companies,’ ” he added.

Bryan noted that while Wintour “would do a great job [as ambassador].…I’m not expecting it to happen. She has a great job at Vogue that she loves very much. So I don’t know about that.”

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