Grace Coddington was born on April 14, 1941 to hotelier parents on the island of Anglesey, Wales. Her interest in fashion began in her teens, when she would anxiously await the arrival of a current issue of Vogue magazine, which was at least three months outdated due to the fact that she needed to order it on "Rush-Copy". She lived miles away from any designer shops, so Vogue was her only connection to the fashion world. She says that she loves "the whole sort of chic thing [about Vogue] that was so entirely out of context compared to the lifestyle that [she] led". As a teen, she was pale-skinned and convent-educated and never went anywhere on her holidays, so she just looked at Vogue. Around the age of 17, there was a Vogue model competition, and someone submitted her pictures. She ended up winning the Young Model section. She then began her modeling career for Vogue.[1]
At the age of 26, Grace was in car accident that left her disfigured (she lost her eyelid). She later had plastic surgery to have it reconstructed. Two years after the accident, at the age of 28, she was interviewed by BritishVogue's Editor, Beatrix Miller and she was employed as a Junior Editor. After nineteen years as Photo Editor with British Vogue,[2] she moved to New York to work for Calvin Klein.[3] In July 1988, she joined Anna Wintourat American Vogue, where she remains the magazine's creative director. 
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If you have watched The September Issue then we can all say that Grace plays of the crucial role in VOGUE.Prior to watching the documentary I just know Grace as the creative director of the magazine. But after watching it I love Grace Coddington more. I find her as not just a survivor, strong woman, great visionary, a woman with beyond impeccable style, fighter and a true person. She has this part of her that makes the photos like a fairytale yet realistic. She makes the readers feel that what they see in the pages of the magazine are not all edited. And that all can relate to every pages of the magazine. One instance was when she told the editor not to alter the tummy of the cameraman after Ana Wintour made a comment on the photo. If you still remember that was the color blocking shoot with Patrick Demarchelier. 

Quoting a comment in Youtube "Grace I thank you for all your hardwork on VOGUE - I think your amazing, expressive, REAL and down to earth so thank you! Everyone thats seen September Issue recalls you first as the reason to watch.

You're not just the Creative Director but the backbone of the magazine. I look up to you so much. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION NOT JUST TO ME BUT TO EVERYONE. And when I hear someone talking that has something to do with fashion, the first person that will come to my mind is you and Ana then Rachel Zoe, Karl and etc.
This post is a tribute to you! Although this is not the best post and the best tribute I'm praying that one day you'll be able to read this.

When she called not to edit the photo.

This is the photo that she doesn't want to be edited and just to leave it at that.