8 Lessons That ‘The Devil Wears Prada Taught Us’
‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is a really popular movie. Directed by David Frankel, this film is based on the novel by the same name, written by Lauren Weisberger and published in 2003. The film stars Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, the Editor-in-Chief of the most popular fashion magazine, Runway. Andrea Sachs or Andy, the new assistant to Miranda is played by Anne Hathaway.
A light comedy-drama film revolving around the life of Andrea who comes to New York to become a journalist, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ shows the good, bad and ugly of the fashion world. With her new job, Andrea not just learns the importance of fashion and develops a decent fashion sense, but also learns some important lessons of life. Here are some of those lessons that we too can learn from that film.
1. Nothing comes to you on a silver platter
When Andrea goes for her interview at Runway and meets Miranda Priestly, she reveals how she has been trying to get a job at different places and eventually got a call from the HR of their firm. Clearly, jobs weren’t there just waiting for her, and she had to struggle a lot to get one. More than that, as later Nigel explains to her, she even had to work hard to get noticed by Miranda. She had to change how she looked, and how she approached her job and the people at work. Struggle, after all, is part of our daily life and nothing will ever come to us on a silver platter, ranging from jobs to people liking us or appreciating us.
2. No matter whether they like you or not, people will notice your hard work
At first, Miranda didn’t really have a good impression of Andrea. She thought Andrea didn’t have a sense of fashion, but still hired the “smart, fat girl” thinking she’d be different from the earlier disappointing assistants she has had. Later, she starts to appreciate Andrea’s work despite her continued disappointments with her. And after much struggle on her assistant’s part, she finally likes her and notices how hard working she is.
3. Hard work gives unexpected rewards
Of course, hard work comes with some unexpected rewards. Andrea always thought that Emily (Miranda’s first assistant and Andrea’s senior at work) would be going to the Paris fashion week. However, since Miranda appreciates Andrea’s work, she takes her instead. That’s a great opportunity for Andrea, and a definitely unexpected bonus from work.
4. Everyone is insecure in life about something or the other
Emily has been insecure right since the start about her job. She works hard day and night to impress Miranda in order to not get fired, and starves herself to be able to look great in Paris. The insecurity kills her all the time. Somewhere, this kind of insecurity is prevalent in all kinds of high-pressure jobs, and is indicative of the kind of choices we make and struggles we face in life everyday. Even Miranda is insecure to a certain extent about her personal life, which is seen going for a toss later on in the film, as she gets divorced. Clearly, regardless of whom you are or what you do or how high up the success ladder you are, everyone is insecure about something or the other.