The Devil Wears Prada: Miranda Priestly – A Defense of Perfectionism

The Devil Wears Prada: Miranda Priestly – A Defense of Perfectionism


“Truth is, there is no one
that can do what I do.” Miranda Priestly is
the “perfectionist mindset” brought to life in one person. The iconic Editor in Chief of Runway,
a publication resembling Vogue, knows exactly what she wants
and exactly HOW she wants it. “For the fortieth time, no. I don’t want dacquoise, I want tortes filled
with warm rhubarb compote.” No detail is too small for Miranda. “If I see freesias anywhere… I will be very disappointed.” And no excuse is acceptable
for failing to meet her high standards. “I actually did confirm
last night—” “Details of your incompetence
do not interest me.” The devil in The Devil Wears Prada
is supposedly the villain of this story. “Meryl Streep is the bad guy. You never see it coming.” Yet her pursuit of excellence
also makes her a role model for working women everywhere. Here’s our Take on
how channeling Miranda’s perfectionism will make you
the consummate professional, if you’re willing to pay the price. “That’s all.” Before we go on, we want
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as striving for flawlessness, and being extremely critical
when that bar isn’t met. “I saw the pictures
that he sent for that feature on the female paratroopers
and they’re all so deeply unattractive” The image that sticks
in most people’s minds is the CHAOS that ensues
before Miranda’s arrival at work. “She’s on her way. Tell everyone.” So before we even meet this character, this portrait of how she impacts
her environment tells us she runs
the tightest of ships, and her expectation
of perfection motivates her entire staff
to be better than they are. “I asked for clean, athletic, smiling. She sent me dirty, tired and paunchy.” While everyone is always
scrambling and struggling to get things right for Miranda, she herself
never appears out of control. She always maintains
a precise mental picture of the plan. “I want the driver
to drop me off at 9:30 and pick me up at 9:45 sharp.” She also has an encyclopedic knowledge
of her industry. “One thought I had was enamel. Um, bangles, pendants, earrings.” “No. We did that two years ago. What else?” Thus, the picture that emerges
is that Miranda is on a higher level than everyone else,
and far from lowering herself to be understood by mere mortals,
she demands that others keep up. “I need 10 or 15 skirts
from Calvin Klein.” “What kind of skirts do you—” “Please bore someone else
with your questions.” Her first name even comes
from the Latin mirandus, meaning “wonderful,
marvelous, worthy of admiration.” “We deliver it to Miranda’s apartment
every night, and she retu— Don’t touch it. She returns it to us in the morning with her notes.” There are three
distinct types of perfectionism: Self-oriented perfectionism,
which means having high standards for yourself and being
self-critical when you fall short. Socially-prescribed perfectionism,
which is the feeling that you need to live up to external
expectations for validation. And other-oriented perfectionism,
which means expecting perfection from others and being
highly judgmental of their performance. Miranda is a textbook illustration
of other-oriented perfectionism. “Why is no one ready?” She accepts nothing less than
the best from her employees and eviscerates them
when they don’t meet that standard. “It’s just baffling to me. Why is it so impossible to put together a decent run-through? You people have had hours and hours to prepare. It’s just so confusing to me.” As a boss, she creates an environment
where everyone lives in a constant state of terror. But on another level,
Miranda’s exacting standards have a very positive effect. We can see the beneficial results
of Miranda’s mentorship in the transformation of her assistant,
the movie’s protagonist, Andy. Let’s take a minute to look at
who Andy is when the movie begins. She’s woefully unprepared
for her job interview, “Who’s Miranda?” “Oh, my God. I will pretend
you did not just ask me that.” “So you don’t read Runway?” “Uh, no.” she has no real experience
outside of her college newspaper, nor can she find work anywhere else, “Basically, it’s this or Auto Universe.” and she has a condescending,
“holier-than-thou” attitude about fashion. “Because this place,
where so many people would die to work,
you only deign to work.” We know this young woman
is smart and passionate. She’s willing to give up what would be
a more secure career path in order to pursue
her dream of writing. “I’m just trying to understand
why someone who got accepted to Stanford Law turns it down
to be a journalist.” But she hasn’t really accomplished
anything yet when she arrives at Runway. What she learns from Miranda,
is excellence. “Call my husband
and confirm dinner.” “At Pastis? Done.” “And I’ll need a change of clothes.” “Well, I’ve already messengered
your outfit over to the shoot.” Andy starts off not understanding
the importance of details. “The amount of time and energy
that these people spend on these insignificant,
minute details, and for what?” This lesson is epitomized
in the scene at the run-through, where she doesn’t
see any difference between two belts. “Both those belts
look exactly the same to me.” To Miranda, there is
a glaring difference. And to underline
her point that details are everything, she picks apart Andy’s outfit— “What you don’t know
is that that sweater is not just blue. It’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean.” proving to this young woman
how an eye for detail is key to unlocking a big-picture
understanding of the world. “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 a sweater that was selected for you
by the people in this room.” The other key skill Miranda teaches
Andy is resourcefulness. “We have all the published
Harry Potter books. The twins want to know
what happens next.” “You want the unpublished manuscript?” When you have someone standing
over you demanding the impossible, you’re forced to find a way
to make it happen. “I know it’s impossible to get
but, well, I was wondering if you could make the impossible possible. If that’s at all possible.” Andy surprises herself
with what she can accomplish under intense pressure. “It’s Ambassador Franklin,
and that’s the woman that he left his wife for, Rebecca.” What we keep hearing
throughout the movie is that working for Miranda
will open any career door. “You work a year for her, and you can
get a job at any magazine you want.” At first we might think this
is because of Runway’s prestige, but we come to realize
that it’s even more so about the qualities that working for Miranda instills in you:
resilience, a tireless work ethic, and the commitment
to go above and beyond. “Oh, no, I made two copies and
had them covered, reset and bound so that they wouldn’t
look like manuscripts. This is an extra copy to have on file. You know, just in case.” By the end, Andy emerges
as a capable professional ready to go after her dream
of being a journalist— something she wasn’t
equipped for at the beginning. Lauren Weisberger, who wrote the book
that The Devil Wears Prada is based on after her stint
as an assistant at Vogue, has said that in spite of
her struggles there, it was “one of the most valuable
times of [her] career” because she got to learn from
high-powered people at the top of their game. In addition to these valuable skills
imparted by Miranda, there’s one key thing that Andy and Miranda
have in common from the beginning: self-respect. When Andy starts at Runway,
Miranda’s senior assistant is Emily. “I hope you know
that this is a very difficult job for which you are totally wrong. And if you mess up, my head is on
the chopping block.” Emily seems far more suited for this job,
as she is fully committed to the work, has a passion for fashion
and worships the ground Miranda walks on. “She’s the editor in chief of Runway,
not to mention a legend.” But what she lacks
is Andy’s sense of self. Emily would never dare
to talk back to Miranda or assert herself
in a meaningful way— “You may never
ask Miranda anything.” which is what Andy does. Despite her poor performance
at the job interview, Andy refuses to be dismissed. “I’m smart, I learn fast,
and I will work very hard.” And her faith in herself prompts
Miranda to give her a second look. The reason Andy’s self-assurance
sparks Miranda’s interest is that it reminds her of herself. “There you are, Emily. How many times
do I have to scream your name?” “A-actually, it’s Andy.” It’s a key part of her
perfectionist identity. “You, with that impressive resume
and the big speech about your so-called work ethic,
I, um, I thought you would be different.” Through Miranda, the movie
highlights the double standards that working women face
in their pursuit of perfection. In the book, Weisberger based
the Miranda character on her old boss, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. But for her performance in the film,
Streep went in a different direction by channeling men she knew in Hollywood,
starting with Clint Eastwood. “The fact that you don’t raise your voice
makes you much more scary.” “I got that from Clint Eastwood.” “Ohh” “He never raises
his voice on the set, and there’s no one
more sort of intimidating.” Streep explained that Eastwood’s
quiet tone of voice requires everyone to “lean in to listen,” thereby making
him “the most powerful person in the room.” [Whispers] “Have you gotten my note?” Meanwhile she’s said that Mike Nichols,
who directed her in movies like Silkwood and Heartburn,
inspired Miranda’s biting wit and her ability
to be both mean AND funny. “They’re showing a lot of florals
right now, so I was thinking I could—” “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Many women of Miranda’s generation
had to develop a hard shell to survive in
a male-dominated workplace. “The conversation of a raise
is not inappropriate at this moment, but do not be timid. You presented like a man,
now act like one.” And they often had no choice
but to emulate men in order to be accepted. “Do you think I act like a man?” “I guess you have to a little.” Yet, even though Miranda’s personality
is based on men, the premise of this movie would never work if the character
actually WERE a man because there’s nothing
novel or surprising about a powerful man being demanding and cut-throat
as he chases success. “Okay, she’s tough,
but if Miranda were a MAN, no one would notice anything about her,
except how great she is at her job.” In her world, Miranda is WELL-AWARE
of how she’s perceived. “Just imagine what
they’re gonna write about me. The Dragon Lady,
career-obsessed.” She knows people will judge her harshly
for being an exceptionally powerful woman, regardless of what she does. “She’s a notorious sadist.” “Do you want me to say,
‘Poor you. Miranda’s picking on you.’” “She’s just doing her job.” Miranda’s trademark look was inspired
by model Carmen Dell’Orefice and French lawyer Christine Lagarde. But she also bears
a striking resemblance to another iconic
working woman— Cruella de Vil. Cruella and Miranda are both self-assured,
career-oriented fashionistas. “You’re fired! You’re finished! You’ll never work in fashion again!” “If you don’t go, I’ll assume
you’re not serious about your future, at Runway or any other publication.” And the name “Cruella DeVil”—
an only loosely camouflaged version of “Cruel Devil,” [Singing] “Cruella Devil, if she
doesn’t scare you no evil thing will.” reminds us of Miranda, too,
as she’s openly cruel and is also explicitly called
“The Devil” in the film’s title. So what underlies the impulse to
make this character-type THE BAD GUY? Whether explicitly or via subtext,
both of these characters are vilified in their societies
for not fitting neatly into the role of the self-sacrificing
domestic woman. “I live for furs. I worship furs!” “Oh, I’d like a nice fur,
but there are so many other things.” “Sweet, simple Anita.” “I sat there waiting for you
for almost an hour.” “I told you that the cell phones
didn’t work. Nobody could get a signal out.” So you could argue that Cruella
and Miranda symbolize the “EVIL” of being a CAREER WOMAN. “More good women have been lost
to marriage than to war, famine, disease and disaster. You have talent, darling. Don’t squander it.” Their other sin is GETTING OLDER,
and expecting to still be treated as relevant. “Jacqueline’s a lot
younger than Miranda. She has a fresher take on things.” The Devil Wears Prada
also uses Miranda to explore the problem
of work/life balance, another area where women
are judged by an unattainable standard. “My personal life is hanging
by a thread, that’s all.” “Well, join the club. That’s what happens when you
start doing well at work, darling.” As soon as Andy starts succeeding,
her relationship with her boyfriend, Nate, hits the rocks. “Your job sucks
and your boss is a wacko.” One thing that doesn’t hold up
so well about this 2006 film is that the story ultimately frames Nate
as “right” to object to the demands of his girlfriend’s career. “I wanted to say that you
were right about everything.” A popular take in recent years is that
Nate is the TRUE VILLAIN of this story for
not supporting Andy’s career. “You know, I wouldn’t care
if you were out there pole-dancing all night as long as you
did it with a little integrity.” Like Nate, Miranda’s husband
isn’t happy about coming in second to his partner’s career. “I knew what everyone
in that restaurant was thinking— there he is,
waiting for HER again.” Miranda’s commitment to
being the best in her field sometimes means RADICAL SACRIFICES
in her personal life. We watch her undergo
a painful divorce. “Snow Queen drives away
another Mr. Priestly.” But in the end,
Andy manages to snag the job she wants
AND keep her man happy, seemingly no longer having to worry
about these kinds of trade-offs. “Let me know when your
whole life goes up in smoke. That means it’s time
for a promotion.” In the years since the movie
came out in 2006, there’s been a backlash against
the overly simplistic and idealistic “having it all” narrative
that Andy’s happy ending perpetuates. We might apply this critical eye
to Andy’s foreshadowed future at the end of Devil Wears Prada. Just because she’s not working
for Miranda now, does that mean
she’s going to severely limit her work hours to
keep her boyfriend happy? And if so, will this really get her
to the top of her field as a journalist? The unattainable ideal of “having it all”
puts unhealthy PRESSURE on women to excel in BOTH the work and home
realms without letting anything slide through the cracks. Ironically, it’s another form
of PERFECTIONISM. “Another disappointment. Another letdown.” Miranda proves the adage that “the perfect is
the enemy of the good.” Ultimately, her perfectionism is both
her greatest strength and her fatal flaw. A perfectionist’s resting state
is DISSATISFACTION because in their eyes,
things are never exactly right. “And this layout
for the Winter Wonderland spread, not wonderful yet.” So perfectionism can
be a tyrant making nothing ever feel good enough. Streep even said
that embodying Miranda left her in a permanent
bad mood on set. “I think when you’re a taskmaster
and very very disciplined and controlling that everything is not quite right…
all the time.” Miranda’s staff also suffer
due to her perfectionism. “She is not happy
unless everyone around her is panicked, nauseous or suicidal.” Her way of making people
feel small and inadequate— “No.” ISN’T a good strategy
in the long-run. Studies have shown
that happy employees are actually more productive, and that people who feel
appreciated and respected by their bosses are more likely
to stick around. So ironically, even though Miranda
ensures that the work is flawless, she falls far short
of perfection as a leader. “I really did everything
I could think of—” “That’s all.” Miranda’s perfectionism is, at its core,
a form of egocentrism. After all, what constitutes “perfection”
is subjective. And in this world, perfect is really
just whatever Miranda thinks it is. “So because she pursed her lips,
he’s gonna change his entire collection?” “You still don’t get it, do you? Her opinion is the only one
that matters.” Eventually Andy realizes that she only
wants to follow this perfectionist mindset so far. She gets a wake-up call
after Miranda betrays Nigel, Andy’s beloved work ally
who’s looking forward to an amazing opportunity to leave Runway. He spots his freedom on the horizon. “This is the first time in 18 years
I’m going to be able to call the shots in my own life.” — And this statement is a reminder
that working for Miranda requires a complete effacement
of your own identity— a point that’s also underlined
by everyone calling Andy the wrong name for most of the movie. “Emily. Emily?” “She means you.” “Well, it was very, very nice
to meet you, Miranda girl.” In the end Miranda steals
this opportunity from Nigel to give it to Jaqueline Follet,
in order to prevent Jaqueline from taking HER position. “When the time is right,
she’ll pay me back.” “You sure about that?” “No.” Nigel is one of the few people
Miranda actually respects and values. “Zac Posen’s doing
some very sculptural suits. So I suggested that Testino
shoot them at the Noguchi Garden.” “Perfect. Thank God somebody
came to work today.” So if she’s willing to do this to him,
there’s really no one she won’t screw over. Everyone else always comes
a distant second to Miranda herself. “You want this life,
those choices are necessary.” In the aftermath of this betrayal,
when the words of praise Andy has long desired from Miranda
finally come, “I see a great deal of myself in you.” Andy takes them as an insult. “I couldn’t do what you
did to Nigel, Miranda. I couldn’t do something like that.” “You already did. To Emily.” She realizes that she has
become Miranda, not just in the good ways,
but also in the total self-centeredness. “I didn’t have a choice. You know how she is.” “Please, that is a pathetic excuse.” At the movie’s table read,
Streep changed Miranda’s last line in the car scene from
“Everybody wants to be me” to, “Everybody wants to be us.” But Andy rejects Miranda’s
self-centered perfectionist by-any-means-necessary
value system. In the moment on the red carpet
when Miranda realizes her assistant isn’t obediently
following behind her, we can see shock
subtly register on her face. For once, someone didn’t
want to be her. There might also be a small part
of Miranda that’s impressed by Andy here. By separating from her mentor,
Andy is following her own star, and that means she’s
continuing to be a lot more like Miranda than she even realizes. In the end it’s clear that
the ex-boss respects the competent, professional woman
her protégée has blossomed into. “Saying that of all
the assistants she’s ever had, you were, by far,
her biggest disappointment. And, if I don’t hire you,
I am an idiot.” And when she watches
Andy in the final scene, we gather from Miranda’s expression
that deep-down she’s proud and happy for this next-generation
working woman, who made it out of Runway
with her humanity and core principles intact. She may be her movie’s villain,
but Miranda Priestly is an icon. “Where’s Armani? He’s on the phone. Too slow. You’re not going to Paris. I’m so much better than you are.” indisputably the best part
of Devil Wears Prada— “By all means,
move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.” And she achieves
the kind of career success most of us can only dream of. Director David Frankel said, “My view was that we should
be grateful for excellence. Why do the excellent people
have to be nice?” “Is there some reason
that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?” What’s so empowering
about Miranda’s character is that her sense
of superiority is earned. And what everyone
keeps telling Andy is true— “Congratulations, young lady. A million girls would kill for that job.” it’s a privilege
to learn from this incredible woman “Is it impossible to find a lovely,
slender female paratrooper?” “No.” “Am I reaching for the stars here? Not really.” So we can learn from her
to hold ourselves to lofty standards. Even if we don’t achieve perfection,
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  2. Andy lost self-respect every time Miranda called her 'Emily' and she responded. That's why I don't think Nate was completely wrong in being disappointed in Andy. Instead of changing herself for a guy (such as any traditional romance movie you might watch), she was changing herself for a job that was only a stepping stone. I guess there were two transformations that happened in Andy over this whole ordeal. She lost self-respect, but she also learned how awesome she can be when she applies herself and goes above and beyond for what she wants, ergo, she quits. Nick was right to remind her that she isn't Miranda's dog, but he should've been more supportive and understanding about why she was doing what she was doing and Andy didn't need to apologize for her actions because she never did anything wrong.

  3. As someone who grew up with a perfectionist mother, I can assure you seeing the chaotic imperfection of other people is downright horrifying for me. How can anybody defend imperfection? Is it not proper to try to be better and perfect. This is my no.1 fav movie. And there's a reason for that

  4. I respectully suggest another DWP video on Andrea – on respecting your own boundaries, dealing with bullies and a**holes, and keeping your integrity when surrounded with people who keep trying to get you to betray your own value system (Andy did have self respect but needed a lot more in this situation)…. I like this channel so much but Miranda is a villain. In addition to her own misery (Miranda is outwardly successful but not a happy woman by any measure), and her daily spreading that misery around, the final proof was her unapologetic and thorough betrayal of her loyal employee Nigel.

  5. Umm… Wasn't Nate's objection more that Andy suddenly became a fashion-obsessed social butterfly? Who missed his effing birthday???

    Also, I'm sorry, but there's just something wrong with the world where you need to spend 16hrs a day working to be a respected professional.

  6. "They are vilified for not fitting the role of the self-sacrificing domestic woman."
    Or the fact that they are extremely cruel. I like Miranda as much as the next person but people need to stop pretending that they want to work for her because 'they liked the movie'. You only liked the movie because you weren't in the main characters shoes, if Miranda was your boss you'd call her a sadist too.

  7. The scene where Miranda is talking to Andi, no makeup and in a robe – its symbolic. The great Miranda Priestly is letting her guard down, becoming human. Even if it was just for a second, seeing her makeup-less means she trusts Andi to show her the fragile side of THE head of Runway. The business woman, that no one could catch off guard.

    But yet she was. By a girl, her dream and her almost-loss of her values.

  8. I’m astonished at how sensitive you all are in these comments. Miranda does her job and happens to have tough skin, something the majority of you would benefit from.

  9. Wow. I can’t believe I just realized this, but Shane Dawson’s entire personality could be summarized perfectly in just one single sentence: “Micheal Scott impersonating Miranda Priestly”

  10. She doesn't actually have an "encyclopedic knowledge" of everything. Remember when she made emily and anne hathaway memorized the names of the people's in the pictures. Then she had anne hathaway whispering the names into her ears at the event.

  11. Miranda: it's not blue, turquoise or lapis but cerulean.

    Art student with severe mommy problem:
    IT'S CORNFLOWER BLUE OR ROYAL BLUE. Cerulean always have a slight hint of green to it which is always the opposite from any of the blue colour that are more closer to Navy Blue than turquoise YOU ENTITLED, DYING PAST YUPPIE, NARROW-MINDED ARROGANT FUCKING ABUSIVE SHIT OF A WOMAN WHO ONLY FEEDS AND LEECH ON OTHER'S MISERY.

  12. i think nate is receiving some undeserved hate. is he really an evil person for wanting time with his girlfriend? for wanting her to care about him? for saying that she has changed since working for miranda, which she clearly has? it's kind of hypocritical when you know if the situation was reversed, and he was working constant overtime, placing her second to his career, missing her birthday, we would all be on her side about how much of a dick he is and she deserves so much better, someone who has time for her etc. nate had a very human response to the situation, which either gender would have, and i don't think it's fair that he is now receiving hate for an understandable reaction.

  13. Interestingly, Glenn Close is the ONLY other actress than Streep that I could have seen in the role of Miranda Priestly, and I think it was because she had played Cruella De Vil.

  14. As a graphic designer; I've worked for 14 years with all kinds of people. I've had bosses with attitudes worse than Miranda's. Both male and female. At first you think they're harsh, etc. But just when you least expect it… You are excellent and giving the best of you in all aspects in your life.

  15. I don't get the idea that a person in a particular status is meant to criticize the Status as a whole. Cruella De Vil is not some sort of criticism of buisness women because she's a bad guy, she's a bad guy because she tried to skin a hundred puppies.

  16. Chefs often work evenings & nights & many do prep work early-early in the morning. Nate being upset about her hours didn't make sense unless he said 'with your schedule & mine I barely see you' – but instead he comes across as a selfish brat.

  17. Being stressed almost constantly does nothing for your focus. Miranda was sabotaging everyone, including herself, in the long run.

  18. Miranda and Andy's work life balance is terrible. It's not wrong for their significant others to want them to be home and be with them. Not be with them but also have work with you. People need time and attention. A relationship needs nurturing and if anyone man or woman has such a terrible work/life balance as Miranda well no wonder the relationship falls apart.

    I think miranda needs to see that relationships matter too and if she gave even a tenth of what she gives her job they would flourish.

  19. Oh please miranda was a snob and a bully. Let's cut the shit!! I can't believe a video was made to make her look like less of a bitch

  20. Disagree with the Nate comment. He supported her. She let him down. He specifically mentions integrity, which Andy starts to lose when she starts being shallow, (tbh she was already shallow as someone else mentions in the comments) manipulative and over bearing. Yes she learns some great skills, but she ended up leaving because of her behaviour. She cheats on him for Christ sake and he’s the villain?! I don’t know if it was her, a career, or the industry…

  21. also excuse me???? the first two comparisons with miranda made sense but cruella de vil??? thats just childish tf?? they should make a new movie the devil wears prada and show how much of a bad bitch and goals miranda is. screw the disney fairy tail of being a career women about how they cant have a family and have a job!!! thats bullshit and sexist. men are not expected that by some fucking reason! no! instead its okkkkkkk but no women is like nah fuck nate.

  22. Two things…Nate wasn't a villain. He heard Andi complaining non stop about her job and Miranda, so he was basically encouraging her to leave. Maybe didn't express it the nicest way possible, but I still wouldn't label him as the villain. Secondly, I seem to be the only one who noticed Miranda insulted herself (well, her decision making anyways) during the 'pile of stuff' monologue. She starts by calling Andi's sweater, a lumpy blue sweater, then concludes by mentioning that lumpy blue sweater was chosen by she herself and her trusted staff at runway. So if I were Andi, I would have told her her fashion sense was just as bad as mine!

  23. I must admit, when I watched the film, I was both underwhelmed and pleasantly surprised by Miranda's portrayal. She's a really, really grounded character, and even though the movie tries to frame her as a devilish creature, I could never see her as more than a woman who knows her value and believes in other people's potential and in her own. She's just a demanding boss, and in the real world, that resembles not just the high standards someone in her position is expected to have, but also live up to.

  24. I love this film, i only hate how the selfish friends and boyfriend are played as the good guys. Miranda may not be an objectively good person, but what her pressure brings out of Andy is incredible. I think everyone going into a field they're passionate about has an experience like that, and it's important to: that pressure shapes you into who you want to be. It makes you reassess goals, if the job is truly what you want. It makes you ready for the failures and hits.

  25. The fact the we're still talking about the devil wears Prada ( also the fact that my keyboard automatically knew what I was talking about) is a nothing sort of letting you know that this was not sort of groundbreaking.

  26. However the fact of job market and people in high executive level of jobs are rarely the result of their competence. It is more of the information that you have that gives you a higher position in most industries.

  27. 14:43 'The unattainable ideal of "having it all" puts unhealthy pressure on women to excel in both the work and home realms without letting anything slide through the cracks.' This quote shows why our society is so messed up. This strive to 'have it all' (career, family, health and happiness) should not be 'unattainable'. It surely is something we all want therefore we should have a system in place that supports us getting there. Unfortunately, the system is set against it. We have to change it. That should be possible since we all want 'having it all'. Second, this problem does not affect just women. Men surely want it too so not let this make a gender thing.

  28. I don't think this take is correct about her boyfriend Nate. He specifically says he doesn't care what kind of job it is–in hours, status or feasibility. His problem with the 'New Andy' is that she is losing her integrity (chasing smarmy dude is a perfect case!), and has started to treat him and others without respect for their time or efforts. This is SUPPOSED to be a wakeup call for Andy to absorb the good qualities of Miranda & Co. without losing 1.) what makes her, her and 2.) without absorbing the negative coping strategies. It's not "dated" at all, smh…

  29. I get a wonderful job as a Fashion Designer and I get Congratulations for my job in the very second day, I get it taking Miranda as an Example, be the first to come and the last to go, be fast, direct, perfect, atention to details and most important, be on your boss shoes, be aware of what the all wants

  30. As a woman who was a "boss", I can tell you its lose-lose. If you are "nice and forgiving" to employees they mock you and hate you, too. And nothing gets done, and you end up doing five times as much in addition to your own job.

  31. I think we can all agree that Nate is a selfish brat at heart and it’s toxic. He almost expects Andy to be a 30’s housewife, always at his beck and call, and practically gives her an ultimatum of “her or me!” When Andy misses his birthday, and if I remember from that scene he makes her cry and doesn’t comfort her and makes her feel guilty, a common form of gaslighting. Even if she doesn’t cry, he’s still gaslighting her. She can’t be at home like he wants or she will lose her job, and he’d be upset with her either way. How childish is that? He’s a chef damnit, of all people he should understand hard and unwavering hours. With her job + keeping him happy, she legitimately can’t severely limit her work hours.
    He also subtlety manipulates her and she apologizes in the end because it’s what he wants. I don’t think he truly apologized once. I think the movie could even be better without a useless boyfriend conflict.
    Even when I was a kid I never liked Nate, I always thought he was childish and that thought had never left my mind when I watch this movie. He could’ve easily understood the fact she can’t be there like she used to be because she’s providing for them both, but he takes it as a personal attack and insult that she’s not a cute little trophy wife in the end.
    God I hate Nate and that’s all your honor, goodnight.

  32. The funny thing is that the belt were almost identical and that the big speech of Miranda to Andy had nothing to do with the shape of the belt themselves, so Miranda changed topic in order to eviscerate Andy, but didn't address Andy's remark about the belt looking the same to her.
    The other hilarious thing is that Meryl couldn't be further than Miranda and is a massive success. Meryl is a loving woman, loving mother, loving and caring co-worker who treats everybody with nothing but kindness. She is a perfectionist in her craft but she doesn't expect anyone around her to be and is oh so eager to help young actors with her experience and understanding of the art. The is the great thing about this film, showing that you can choose different paths to success but the one where your success doesn't mean the agony of others is the right one. Miranda chose one, Meryl, the other, and at the end of the day i suspect Meryl to be happier than Miranda.
    When i became a CEO and started running my businesses my grand mother told this "You can rule with terror or rule with kindness. Terror will guarantee you that your employees will do the very best to meet your expectations and will revere you but will not like you while kindness doesn't guarantee you that your employees will push themselves to the fullest (because they will always be a part of them thinking He is kind enough to understand) but they will like you, r they will take advantage of you if some of them are ill intentioned" . Which is why when i hired my first employees and every time i have hired anyone ever since, i told them that i will be their employer and friend and expect them to be comfortable but also give 110% of themselves when they are at work and still be concerned about the well being of the company when they are not at work and just like me, make sure that this company is and remains a success because not only my job but theirs as well depend on it . I also told each and everyone of them that the second anyone takes advantage of me not being a dick of an employer, i will switch from Kindness to Terror and they will feel like vomiting the second the wake up until they go back to bed until they improve or if they are wise will just quit the job because i will not fire anybody.
    It's been 20 years, 6 businesses (all still up and running) and nobody quit or vomited so far and i still get christmas cards and birthday cakes from my employees just like they get the same in return.
    But i perfectly understand Miranda . It is not her company , she is the Editor in Chief but not the CEO so her job depends on her excellence, and her excellence depends on her employees excellence too and the company is way too large to be the friendly boss, so ruling with terror is a good way to ensure everybody keeps his/her job.

    My PAs and Managers are under a lot of pressure and are sometimes forced to rule with terror because they have the responsibility of the businesses on their shoulders , not me . If the company doesn't work it'll fold and they'll lose their job, not me , so it is their number one responsibility to make sure that the businesses don't fold. I can't tell them how to rule because they are the ones who know the employees intimately, i just tell them not to be too harsh on the other employees and on themselves. But at the end of the day this is their responsibility to insure the companies sustainability and longevity.
    That's why they get a good wage, not just to keep them motivated but also to keep them happy .

    The problem with this film is that Andy doesn't get a good wage and is treated like crap by her boss who is not THE boss and her superior. I wouldn't have hired her, because this is a business and she is a journalist so she has nothing to do in a company where money is the aim. But i would have hired her at the animal shelters i run , because money is never the aim there and kind, responsible dedicated people is what we look for there. But you should never hire someone who is not business oriented to do business oriented job.

    I am all three types of perfectionist , i expect the best from myself, the best from others and i do my best to meet other people's expectations, but i do not get angry at people when they fail to meet my expectation or at myself when i fail to meet my own expectation , but i will get extremely mad at myself if i disappoint the expectations that others have about me. That's why i became the boss . I can never work for someone , because if i disappoint that person in spite of doing my absolute best and giving it 150%, i will quit immediately with the awful feeling that since i did my best and worked to hard, this means only one thing, i am not good enough.

    I wasn't raised in the US , in my country we do not give out medals to the last who arrives at a race or just for participating and we do not reward mediocrity. I come from a family of Craftmen well women at the highest level who are respected nationwide and even internationally. My mother who is an accomplished artist in her craft and now teaches it has one motto "perfection is the strict minimum, anything less than perfect is unacceptable" . We are far from the western idea of Erare Humanum Est …
    But she and her mother are living proof that if you put your mind and your heart to it , you can actually reach perfection. Perfection is not a matter of dexterity, it is a mindset. Anybody with enough practice can do things perfectly but the right mindset can make reaching perfection far easier and far quicker.

  33. Well if Miranda is based on Wintour then her sense of superiority is not earned . Have you seen the family Wintour comes from. She was going to become Miranda because daddy was going to make it happen. Let's be realistic here , Anna hasn't earned anything, she inherited it .

  34. I'm really glad you touched on Nate and how he isn't really a great guy. I HATED him from the first time I saw the movie… he is condescending, selfish, and unsupportive from the very start. Andy tries so hard to keep everyone in her life happy and focus on both her career and her personal life, but he doesn't make it easy on her at all.

  35. Yaaaaaas I'm so glad SOME one did a break down of how passionate, powerful and helpful Miranda was as a character

  36. Streep was amazing in this role. She so thoroughly nailed it I watch this movie just to see her amazing performance.

  37. Congrats. Besides being insanely repetitive, you also missed the entire point of the movie. Don't sacrifice who you love for careers! Nate isn't a villain for wanting to spend time with his girlfriend. Seriously. Take the rose-colored glasses off. Everyone who works for Miranda is miserable

  38. Your videos never fail to amaze me. I've always adored this movie and this analysis just gave me another reason to love it even more.

  39. Who goes to an job interview at an office dressed like Andy? OMG, she just looked sloppy, not well put together and sounded even less prepared.

  40. I couldn't get past the first half of the movie the first time I saw it. Even in college, I majored in Fashion Design my first year and still didn't get it. I switched to animation but still value the work ethic.
    Maybe after this video the movie will make sense.

  41. I love this movie so much. But I definitely wouldn't work for Miranda. Andy's bf and friends is kinda pissed me off.

  42. So was noone gonna tell me that Cruella's last name is spelled Dev Ill, and not De Ville wich would actually make sense as a last name

  43. I do not agree with the current year perspective on the Nate situation. A human being is always far more important than your own career. A partner is allowed to demand time from you, and so are you. I find the current year perspective on relationships to be toxic.

  44. I always wanted Hathaway to stay in the car and not walk off at the end. Screw the boyfriend he's dragging you down sis…

  45. i disagree with framing her boyfriend's complaint about her job as a woman issue. how many shows/movies out there play the stereotypical hard working husband whose wife leaves him because he's never home? it does suck to be in a relationship with someone who isn't even there

  46. The scene with the belts…. though I absolutely agree with everything Miranda says…. am I the only one to notice how atrocious that final selection for the clothes is…. that turqoise color of the belt definitely does not match the brick red color of the jacket, or the washed out pink of that horrible dress they chose….. it always bothered me so much….

  47. I think what’s truly fascinating about analysing Miranda and the other characters is that we all have different interpretations that in part come from our own life experiences. The movie seems shallow at a distance, but then you realise there is a lot of depth. Miranda is a complex, layered character that appears to be the villain but she’s not. In their own ways, most of the characters are villains. They can do underhanded things, be catty, judgmental, etc. In the cases of Miranda, Andy, and Emily, their actions her themselves more than they hurt others. Emily starved herself to maintain impossible beauty standards and it cost her what she wanted most, and had been striving towards since the last assistant was promoted. They let their jobs control their lives and change them.

  48. I just have one thing to ask. What does getting the unpublished manuscript of a children's book for your boss's twins have to do with working as her assistant at a fashion and magazine agency or company?

  49. God forbid a man want some attention in his RELATIONship

    This pressure was made by women for women get over it
    Men didn’t tell women to be his shadow

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