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. It has to be said, which it has been on many occasion that Streep is very good at being or pretending to be other people and this is rightly celebrated.

  3. She did sacrifice her personnal life, also damaging her boyfriend's in the process. Also forgot to respect herself in my opinion.. How is the way Andy dresses in the end an improvement? She just becomes good at meeting standards (as in "norms") which is not necesserily good..

  4. It's funny to think Meryl Streep plays Miranda since SHE IS THE BEST in her field, but SHE DOESN'T act like a bitch in real life, which makes you wonder if her behaviour is either deserved or necesary… Excellence isn't mutually exclusive with kindness. Thanx, girls, keep up the great job (but don't turn into devils)!!!

  5. cruela dev il was considered a bad because she wanted to kill pups for make a coat not because she did not meet the expectation of a traditional women

  6. As much as I enjoyed this video and the complex character of Miranda in the film, frankly, I am tired of ‘if she was a man’ argument… A cut-throat aggressive boss is called an asshole in my book and I doubt the message should be that whether a man or a woman, a boss is supposed to be openly cruel. No, it is about time to tame the beast on the top of the capitalist pyramid instead of adding another 50% to the same, inhumane, pretentious equation we call “leadership in business”.

  7. This video was absolutely fascinating; I really feel the points raised are valid and it helps understand the character from another perspective including sociological, psychological and philosophical angles.

  8. to me miranda was never a villain, she was always a role model. Yes some of the things she has done might not be "nice" but you can't get to the top by always holding other people's interests in mind

  9. I have literally watched this movie hundreds of times and have never looked at it from the standpoint of the needy boyfriend/husband as the villian and the one standing in the way of desired power… Very profound. Now I must watch it again with new eyes. Thanks for this awesone take on one of my favorite movies.

  10. When Nate says that Andie changed, he doesn't realize she's doing what she always does. That's "bend over backwards" to please the people around her.
    First she acts like an activist, because that's what Nate is.
    Then she becomes career-oriented, because that's what Miranda is.
    So, no. She hasn't changed at all.
    Nate is just jealous because Andie isn't catering to his agenda anymore.

  11. Sadly, women like Miranda stay either single or get multiple divorce. Because men can't stand a strong, fabulous and perfect woman. 🌚

  12. I loved looking at this point of view from a different perspective & I could not help but agree when u think of the film as it was more & more.

  13. To be fair, the movie was quite different than the original book. A lot of the storyline is missing and changed, especially how their relationship develops, and several important points are lost. I still like the movie, but they are not the same story.

  14. Both of her love interest were lame, but it havent been a successfull movie if she didn´t have a man in the end … an some how its point out none of them were good enough.

  15. I found out this video was made almost a week ago, just watching now it after watching the Matrıx one that came after it as while I did enjoy the film. I mainly watched the film due to being in the same room with my parents who were watching it, but I have to say, The Take has a way of causing me to appreciate the film where prior to watching this video, I kinda didn't care that much. That or that I might be too easily swayed and manipulated.

  16. Ande's transformation is a consequence of her own resourcefulness and Nigel's clear analysis, persuasion and generosity – not Miranda's hyper-critical demanding behaviors.. I think this video tries to put forward as virtues, obvious flaws in Miranda's character.

  17. I think that Andy’s friends and boyfriend were upset because of the changes in her personality and how she began to act like the people she used to put down.

  18. So, basically, Miranda is great because she is a cut-throat evil harmful horrible person in a position of power, acting like powerful men in her position would, but being a woman.
    So we should strive for equally horrible men AND women at the top of every enterprise, and not for better people in power positions.
    Because… empathy and compasion are sooo girly and weak?
    "Destroy everyone, believe only in yourself, help no one, love nothing. That is perfection. That is winning"
    I´ll pass, thank you very much.

  19. Im pretty sure cruella de vil was hated because she wants to kill puppies and turn them in to coats not because she was an independent woman

  20. i knew i wasn't crazy when i thought to myself that ending sucked! i mean.. the viewer left to feel that Miranda was a great influence to Andy all along. not necessary a nice kind of influence, but GREAT nonetheless.

  21. I hate this woman SO much since we all learned she knew about Harvey Weinstein's rapes. Not only that but she was friends with the f***er!! Samo goes for Oprah, Kevin Spacey, M Jackson… the lists are loooong… Eff Hollywood!

  22. I don't think Nate was the 'real villain'. She kept making promises to meet up with Nate and his friends, even missing his birthday. If it had been the other way around and Nate would have stood her up she would've been angry too. Same thing with miranda and her husband. I think what they wanted to show is how incredibly difficult it is to be the best, working long hours and have a healthy private life. I mean, if you don't make time for your loved ones for months, of course they are going to feel as if they weren't important to you.

  23. Lol no. She's emblematic of the 20th century boss making her employees do bullshit menial work just because she can, instead of having them spend time i a productive manner. She's a slave-driver set in modern times.

  24. well, you re being hypocrite a bit. if she was he, will you make the same comments of being how empowering this kind of personality is or will you criticise him? This type of boss is toxic, no matter what the gender is and they are toxic to themselves too as we saw in the movie. Also, mostly that kind of people are the ones who also don't give a shit about women solidarity at the workplace. so, i dont like when people trying to show being powerful is equal to being mean.dont try to sell perfectionism or bullying as something positive. pushing boundaries is not same with being perfect which no one is and empowering women doesnt mean accepting men s rules for the game and playing in the same way they do, instead, we need to create new rules for both genders.

  25. I agree completely. When I watched the movie, I thought Nate was the biggest asshole manbaby who was just jealous of Andy's success.

  26. Just remember girls. If you work like that, you will never have a family of your own. Career women dont have time to be pregnant and have kids.

  27. She is me… I am a type3 perfectionist as they describe, and like it when I meet my ex colleagues 4 or 5 years after we part ways.
    They say that I was their best mentor as I pushed them to extreme boundaries and get creative, and those days working with me were what made them prosper; but also they hated 😡🔥working when they did with me.

    This zeal for perfection cost me when I had to be admitted due to high stress and depression. So keep it in check, guys!

  28. Miranda is what I inspire to be when it comes to her work ethic as a woman who started a online business. Also fortunately my man is very supportive of me. He is very business minded and started his own online business and taught me everything I know. He is the best thing that happened to me because I am very passionate about my work and will not give it up for a man.

  29. Miranda is actually just a typical, Asian tiger-mom/boss. If this was converted to a K-drama or even an anime, it would fit perfectly.

  30. Nate was shit and Andy should have dumped his sorry ass for good at the end. If my boyfriend couldn't support me, but expected me to 100% support him and be okay with him leaving to another state then I would have left his ass asap. The same with her friends too tbh, they were 100% okay with getting free shit from her but the minute she actually showed she gave a damn about succeeding at her job they got pissy and huffy with her.

  31. Eh, defending an abusive boss who thinks nothing of using the lives and careers of her employees as collateral damage in getting what she wants is a tired, tired take.

  32. No one would notice if she was a man? Are you kidding me? In every single place I have worked ppl complain when bosses are demanding regardless of their gender.

  33. I don't actually think Nate's issue was just the long work hours. She sorta told him she hated the job but then was giving her life to it and giving up their life and time together. And I feel no matter what gender, those concerns would be valid.
    But also, why have a partner if you don't have any time at all for them? No one should feel like a puppy. Good careers require you to make sacrifices, but so do good relationships.

  34. Why women can't have it all? Well, men can't have it all either. Nobody can have it all. When you go to get something, you lose something as well. There are workaholic men whose personal lives are nearly negligible or there are men who might have a supportive family but they don't have employment.

  35. I loved this video. Thank you.
    Can you please do a video on Moonstruck? I love the characters, would love to hear your Take on it!

  36. Miranda knows her stuff, she knows how to excel in business, but she's so rude. That bitchiness is inexcusable, no matter how great she is at her job.

  37. There should be a sequel to this movie… where Andy works for Meryl Streep and witnesses a healthier work-life balance from Meryl Streep, rather than Miranda.

  38. Nate was correct though . She was changing different and she became Miranda . He doesn't care what job she worked as long as she was herself.
    Also , Not everyone have to support every close person decisions. That's entitled and ridiculous. People didn't like Miranda because of the tyranny . Not because she's a working woman . Men bosses are also viewed the same way . Nothing was ever good enough .

  39. Seriously? Perfectionism can be completely disabling. And even when it isn't, it isn't disabling to other people. She a bully, arsehole, certainly not an arsehole. Excellence can be taught without using the pretense of being a prick.

  40. I love this point of view, and I am torn between both sides.

    I mean, I firmly believe in working your ass off, especially for women, to get to where you want to go. That often times comes at a great cost to your personal and social life. Personally, I think people do need something apart from work that is fulfilling if they do not absolutely love their job. If you have a great personal and social life but hate your job, I think that's a bearable situation, albeit not ideal. Because Andy had this great group of friends that she was profoundly close with, it was more difficult. Obviously for her boyfriend. If you're going to give yourself and share your life with someone else, you have to have room for them. So they have essentially lost their friend to a world that they can't live in with her, and they really show it by not showing her the respect for her and her job.

    But Andy also changed. It wasn't just about the maturity that she gained by being her assistant, she also changed her perspective on life and went from a lower-income lifestyle to someone who regularly wears expensive clothes and lives a lifestyle that is somewhat unrealistic, i.e., she can't actually afford this lifestyle, but she has it because of her job. Like a fleeting trend in fashion, she becomes someone who lives for whatever is in the moment and able to move on once it's passed–which can be both good and bad, as we see with 'le boyfriend' and 'le [sexy] author'. Also, Andy wasn't always as mature either… I can't stand when she's constantly whining about not having a choice. Would she lose her job? Yeah most likely, but stop acting like you don't have a choice. She was also a bit naive. Just because she worked for her for a year didn't mean that she could go anywhere she wanted. The "list" of people who would follow Miranda anywhere was less about respect and more about fear and blind loyalty. Miranda has pure power in the industry, and should Miranda not want you in it anymore, you're out (which happens in the books).

    Miranda has created incredibly high standards that nobody can really ever meet. People like that are defined by their standards or attitude towards others, and they're rarely ever truly satisfied. As mentioned earlier, her loyal following comes from her expertise and badassery in her job, but also from a place of fear. Her scolding attitude keeps everyone in their place. She shows her ego plenty in the film, but no greater than when she says to Andy that the magazine will die if she's not in charge. The mentality that the world will essentially end without her speaks more about her own insecurity than anything. Who is Miranda Priestley if she's not editor of Runway??

    Miranda had a family, but her life was her job. She proved in the movie (and in the books, obviously) that she couldn't make room for both, and neither could Andy. They are opposites, but we slowly watch Andy being molded into Miranda.

    The video explains it very sadly, "…a complete effacement of your own identity…"

    Miranda's sacrifice for her job was her family.

    Andy was the opposite at the end. She couldn't become Miranda, but she seemed determined to hang on to everything she learned from her (which is what you should do with every experience!).

    Sadly I don't actually believe we can have both. The amount of time one needs to put in to be as successful and powerful as Miranda means taking it away from your home/personal life, and vice versa. While she may be an inspiration to her industry and to others for her work ethic, she may be thought of as neglectful at home. You can't give 100% to both–again, unless you love your job and what you need professionally and personally can be found in the same place. Then you're just the luckiest bastard in the world!

  41. power cant be given, it has to be taken.

    that is why leaders or people in positions of power tend to be rude and break the rules. Its a way of saying I can do everything I want and u cant

  42. Corporate feminism is bullshit. It's not "liberating" women to take them from slaving their life away for their families to slaving their life away for corporations. We need a fundamental restructuring of social and economic relations so that all people can focus on doing what they find meaningful and fulfilling without worrying about starving.

  43. Just going off the movie: Miranda, such a great rile model that she does not see her kids and sits on in Paris broken-hearted because another marriage fell apart and now that job is all she has is the hob, her feet firmly planted in the 'concrete blocks' of her industry. When Andy leaves, Miranda's small smile for her walkaway move before shell closes again is both melancholy statement of her situation and happy for the escapee.
    Andy's job demands, overall, were just a tad exaggerated (the book and tornado ott for effects) for a start-up. Friends were judmental brats, happily grabbing high end freebies discarded by Miranda and acting like judgy ungrateful jerks. Andy did not work 'for' the expensive things as she gave them away. (Not unusual fir the industry). Playing with her ringing phone was incomprehensibly infuriating. Her boyfriend's career would be no less demanding as he claimbed the ladder as a chef and his pouting sucked. Andy's parents would still continue supplementing her rent in NY. Miranda is no role model. Her 'perfection' is a facade with a cracked shell.

  44. I don't think Anna Wintour is like Miranda Priestly at all, fictional Miranda is just on another level, ofc it helps that she is played by a legend. One got her job by working her way to the top and the other by rich daddy's help, still hats off to them both, it is always good to use every opportunities available.

  45. I love this movie because it kinda reflects me and my boss way back when I was an intern…….during that time, i was so obsessed trying to impress her with my work ethic, and ya know hardworking but she seems like do not care and not even a thank you..i know it sounds depressed and lame trying to get praise but..ya know i just obsessed trying to gain some sort of recognition from her…to the point i am depressed and almost crazy…but then i reflect back to this movie and i realized….there is no point to impress somebody..do it because of you…do it because you want to..do it because it satisfy you..other people come second…u do for u…..glad now I am working under a very kind so diplomatic and a great boss….but that fragment of my life will always be my bittersweet experience…

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