10 Movie Characters Created As A F**k You To Real People
10. The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly Is Based On A Real Fashion Mag Editor
Who The Character Is: Editor-in-chief of fashion magazine Runway, Miranda Priestly - played by Meryl Streep - is cold and unfeeling, and goes out of her way to humiliate her underling workers, especially Anne Hathaway's new personal assistant, Andy. Priestly shows satisfaction rarely, criticises frequently and never, ever smiles, making her someone to be both feared and despised. Who She Really Is: Anna Wintour, the US editor of Vogue; it's who The Devil Wears Prada's author Lauren Weisberger - the real-life version of Hathaway's Andy, who wrote the book, about her experiences serving under Wintour - based the character on, and who Streep subsequently took inspiration from (though not exclusively - Streep distanced herself from Wintour further than Weisberger did with the character in the book). The similarities extend to the design of Priestly's office - so much so that Wintour had hers redecorated after she saw the film - and her costume choices. Such was their unwillingness to displease Wintour, many fashion designers refused to appear in the film as themselves. Wintour liked the film, FYI, after she re-evaluated her typically withering initial assessment that it would go "straight to DVD".
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