‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Quotes That Taught Me About Life

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Mireille Ampilhac

2021 marks the 15th anniversary of the iconic fashion-forward film, The Devil Wears Prada. Fifteen years ago, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway entered our screens as the iconic editor/personal assistant duo, and our lives have never been the same. To celebrate the film’s anniversary, we take a look at how this film came to be and every lesson The Devil Wears Prada has taught us.

The Devil Wears Prada book

The Devil Wear Prada was based on Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 New York Times Bestseller of the same name. Using her own experience working as a personal assistant for Vogue American editor Anna Wintour, the novel follows the life of a young woman who works for a prominent fashion magazine editor.


 
 
 
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In 2006, the book was adapted to screen starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and Adrien Grenier.

The Devil Wears Prada quotes that taught me about my career

As a working journalist, I’ve used The Devil Wears Prada almost like a “working” rule book, guiding me through my dreams of pursuing entertainment journalism. The thing about the film, though, is that it shows every aspect of the fashion magazine industry: the glamour and consequences.

Sometimes to get ahead in industries, people step on others so they can soar. In The Devil Wears Prada, editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) makes it her mission to stay at the top, even if it hurts other people in the process. When naive Andy (Anne Hathaway) believes she could never ruin people’s chances like Miranda, she’s reminded she did the same thing to her co-worker Emily (Emily Blunt). “No, no, you chose. You chose to get ahead,” Miranda tells Andy, “You want this life. Those choices are necessary.”

It’s a quote that’s stuck with me forever. It makes you think about what lengths you’ll go to get ahead. Do I make these choices and possibly hurt someone, or is there another way?

The Devil Wears Prada quotes that taught me about work/life balance

I’ve only been told that by working hard, I will eventually receive the job I desire. When Andy was running around from block to block getting perfect latte orders and Harry Potter books, I thought that was the way to succeed. However, when you only think about work, you forget about the rest of your life.

As Andy’s personal life falls apart, art director Nigel (Stanley Tucci) gives a breakthrough line. “That’s what happens when you start doing well at work,” he admits. “Let me know when your entire life goes up in smoke, then it’s time for a promotion.”

While there will be times where things don’t go your way personally and work-related, there needs to be a balance with everything in your life. You shouldn’t give too much of yourself to your work without letting your own life have importance.

The Devil Wears Prada quotes that taught me about having tough skin

No matter how much you love your job, work is work. When Andy grovels about Miranda’s demands, art director Nigel (Stanley Tucci) gives her some much-needed tough love:

“Because this place, where so many people would die to work, you only deign to work. And you want to know why she doesn’t kiss you on the forehead and give you a gold star on your homework at the end of the day. Wake up, sweetheart.”

A job is never easy, and it’s okay to complain at times. On the other hand, like Andy, when someone has the opportunity to work at a place people would kill to get the chance for, you have to remember gratitude. There will be moments when you must deal with difficult people, but the stronger you are, the better you will push through. Of course, if a situation becomes an abusive power dynamic, that calls for help.

The Devil Wears Prada quotes that taught me about relationships

With any job, people have to work crazy hours and miss gatherings with friends and family. Although Andy moves up the ranks with her position, she loses sight of what’s important to her, like her friends and boyfriend Nate (Adrien Grenier). After ditching her friends to take Miranda’s call, Nate says, “You know, in case you were wondering – the person whose calls you always take? That’s the relationship you’re in. I hope you two are very happy together.”

The deteriorating relationship between Nate and Andy taught me always to make sure I’m giving my attention to the special people in my life.

Although, many fans today still believe Nate is the villain in the film and treated Andy poorly. In Entertainment Weekly’s Oral History” with The Devil Wears Prada, actor Adrien Grenier agrees that Nate was the villain after all.

The Devil Wears Prada quotes that taught me about style

Like Andy, sometimes I take advantage of the clothes I wear. Andy laughs, believing that two different belts look exactly the same, leading Miranda into a frenzy about her lumpy blue sweater:

“However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs, and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

There are so many moving parts that go into making fashion. With the help of fashion magazines and Miranda’s grand monologue about the color blue, I respect the trailblazing fashion industry.

Where is The Devil Wears Prada streaming?

If you’re looking to celebrate the film’s 15th anniversary, you can watch the movie on Starz, Amazon Prime, Google Play Movies & TV, or Apple TV.

Movies like The Devil Wears Prada

Are you interested in watching movies like The Devil Wears Prada? Here are five Hollywood movies that will give you some fashion flair.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Mix fashion and love, and you get Confessions of a Shopaholic. In the film, a shopping-obsessed college grad, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher), falls in love with a wealthy businessman (Hugh Dancy) when she starts working as an advice columnist for a financial magazine.

Check out a behind-the-scenes interview:

You can watch Confessions of a Shopaholic on Amazon Prime.

Sex and the City (2008 & 2010)

Follow Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her group of sophisticated gal pals Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) in the big apple in both Sex and the City movies. Both the 2008 and 2010 movies are based on the 1998 series, as the women work through relationships, work, and personal lives.

You can watch both Sex and the City movies on HBO Max and Hulu.

13 Going on 30 (2004)  

Jennifer Garner stars as Jenna Rink, a 13-year-old girl who transforms into her 30-year-old self. The movie has fashion, humor, and a killer “Thriller” dance. Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Christa B. Allen, and Andy Serkis also appear.

You can watch 13 Going on 30 on HBO Max.

The Intern (2015)

Anne Hathaway goes from personal assistant to boss in The Intern. The film follows Robert De Niro as Ben, a 70-year-old widower who leaves retirement to become an intern for an online fashion site. Anne Hathaway’s character Jules is no Miranda Priestly, but there’s definitely a noticeable intern/boss power dynamic.

Watch the trailer:

You can watch The Intern on Amazon Prime.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a young socialite (Audrey Hepburn) falls in love with a young man (George Peppard) from her apartment building. As the relationship builds, her deep secrets threaten her love.   

Watch the trailer:

You can watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Amazon Prime.

After 15 years of The Devil Wears Prada, it’s safe to say the film has transformed the world of fashion movies while throwing in some important lessons in the process.

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