The Real Life Devil Wears Prada Assistant Speaks


Even though it’s been a few years since we first saw Meryl Streep play an homage to Anna Wintour in The Devil Wears Prada, we still, on a regular basis, replay scenes, recite lines, and lament about what Andy decided to give up in Paris.

The Daily Mail recently sat down with Lauren Weisberger, whose novel, The Devil Wears Prada, was based off of her own year-long experience as Wintour’s assistant at Vogue. The book was translated into 27 different languages and sold in 31 different countries, and the film version grossed $300 million at box offices globally. The fascination with Anna Wintour’s former assistant was undeniable.

And just as we expected, she dished some delicious dirt — most notably, how her own experiences differed from that of the movie.

On whether she got dressed from the Vogue closets like Andy:

“[I] never got to raid the closet because I never had time, although the other girls did and they wore the most fabulous things to parties. And I never went to Paris. French Vogue provided Anna with assistants when she was over there.”

On her in-office footwear:

“Unlike Andy I couldn’t force myself to wear high heels…I wore these horrible, black platform boots with a thick rubber sole because there was no choice. And even though for a couple of weeks I made the boot-to-high-heels switch under my desk, I just had to forget it in the end. She would stare at them in disgust and it was a stare that conveyed her displeasure pretty clearly.”

On writing her book:

“People have said it was “boss betrayal”, but that wasn’t what it was. I worked there for a year and it was a hell of a year — crazy, exciting and hard… When it was published, people kept saying “It’s so brave of you to write this”, but it wasn’t bravery — it was stupidity and complete naivety.”

On Vogue’s reaction to the book:

“…What sent the biggest message of all was that silence. The book was getting so much hype and so much publicity, but not a single Conde Nast publication mentioned a word — not my name, the title, anything, and that pretty much told me where they stood on that.”

And, just in case you need a refresher, this is who she was working for:

Weisberger’s next novel, Last Night At Chateau Marmont, hits bookstores this week.

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