The Devil Wears Prada is my comfort movie

Sara Dozai is a third year law student who loves fashion and writing. As a writer, she considers herself a thief as everything she experiences through the senses inspires her to write stories and articles. Coffee is her drink of choice and it makes her feel good as she associates it with friend and family encounters, but also peaceful moments on her own.

The Devil Wears Prada is the movie every fashion lover has watched at least a million times, be it on purpose or just because they needed to feel better about their lives. While many might not consider the movie to be one of hope, I do. Not only is the movie fun, but it also shows us that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it, even if you knew nothing about it a month prior. The key, however, is to actually try and keep an open mind, even if you don’t believe the opportunity to be of value to your desired professional or personal growth.

This brings me to the protagonist, Andy, an aspiring journalist who wishes to pursue a career in the likes of The New Yorker and The Economist, but has to settle for an assistant position at a fashion magazine. To start this off, I have to state that Andy is nothing like me when it comes to her complete lack of interest in the fashion world. For me, fashion is a deep part of me, just like writing. I wouldn’t be me without one or the other, and this is perhaps why Andy’s attitude in the beginning irks me. However, nothing is more satisfying than watching Nigel give her a good dose of truth serum, when she believes that she is being treated poorly and not awarded for her accomplishments.

Now, the scene that everyone who loves fashion would simply ADORE to recreate is the fashion renaissance Andy undergoes. She not only changes the way she dresses, but she also elevates herself. The moment she walks into the office in her new Chanel boots, there is an air of confidence around her and that makes her feel and perform better. It also gets her the respect from her peers as well as her boss. Quite frankly, this is the scene I rewatch whenever things in my life take a turn for the worse. The reinvention of Andy as a character makes me believe that I can reinvent myself just like she can, and multiple times if necessary. The montage prior to Andy walking into the office is also superb, as we see her walking around New York while Madonna’s Vogue plays in the background. This movie has received its fair share of accolades, but a small detail that truly points us to its genius is the fact that even if you rewatch the montage now, all the outfits remain stylish and could be worn today.

Andy’s evolution is not the only aspect of the movie that makes it special. Miranda Priestley, her antagonist boss, instils fear into anything that so much as breathes around her in a manner that is unpleasant to her. While as a child, I saw Miranda as being somewhat heartless and cold, growing up made me realise that she was just a successful businesswoman who did everything it took to stay on top. Nowadays, I find this admirable and believe that we need more female characters who are successful businesswomen. The one thing I do have to say is that I wish movies and TV shows would show successful businesswomen who, while cold at their workplace, are extremely warm and loving at home. Women are multifaceted and being one thing at work does not necessarily mean that you are the same way at home or with your friends. Work requires logical thinking and strategy, while family and friends require love and understanding.

[Image sourced from Earth Innovation.]