After serving as one of two assistants to Anna Wintour from 1999 to 2000, Lauren Weisberger would spend her time working for the editor-in-chief of Vogue as inspiration for his 2003 bestselling book, The devil Wears Pradalater adapted into a hit film starring Meryl Streep as Wintour’s replacement Miranda Priestly and Anne Hathaway as your overworked second assistant.
In Anna, the author Amy Odell reports that the fashion icon had a surprising reaction when he found out that Weisberger was writing a novel: “‘I can’t remember who this girl is,'” recalled the former editor of Vogue, Laurie Jones.
After the book’s release, Aimee Chowho was Wintour’s assistant at the time, said: “It all seemed very true to life, but through a negative lens. I always understood that [Anna] would handle it, and she would handle it well.”
As Wintour read the book, Laurie told Amy that “she was kind of confused” and “not bothered at all by it”. your other friend William Norwich added that Wintour “didn’t really care” about the book, even after it became a sensation. “I don’t think Anna is as interested in the cultural phenomenon that she is as the rest of us”explained Norwich.
Still, that doesn’t mean that some of the details that were included in the book and movie weren’t based on real-life details…