Exactly 10 years ago today fashionistas first met Andy (Anne Hathaway), the recent grad who beat out a “million other girls who’d kill” to work at Runwaymagazine, in the blockbusterThe Devil Wears Prada.
The film starring Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and more was a high point for all involved, and inspired thousands of enthusiasts to go into the fashion editorial industry.
The film centers around Andy, a fashion newb who has the fortune (or misfortune, however you look at it) of assisting Miranda Priestley (Streep), a character loosely based off of Vogue editrix Anna Wintour.
When the flick launched in June of 2006 it became a zeitgeist hit. For one, it was one of the first times that audiences everywhere were given an inside look into the glamorous lives of fashion editors. But it also came with a beautifully rich storyline mixed with legendary one-liners that are still used today.
Though the movie became an instant classic, it’s definitely far from timeless. With technology changing so quickly, we see how 10 years really makes a huge difference in any industry. Below, we compare Andy’s 2006 life to what it’d be like if the film took place in 2016. In some instances, her life would have been easier…but you’d be surprised at the new challenges she’d face today.
1. Social media
Then: Andy spends her days fielding phone calls from the likes of Patrick Demarchelier.
Now: We find Andy managing Mirandas Twitter and Instagram accounts, tweeting back at Taylor Swiftwhile fending off trolls in the comment sections below.
2. New millennial jobs
Then: Nate (Andy’s boyfriend) is a chef.
Now: Nates a food stylist, producing 60-second viral videos on Facebook at a major tech company.
Then: Overworked assistant Emily doesnt eat anything except for a cube of cheese when shes about to pass out.
Now: Emily is on Ketosis. Its emotional.
4. Hot neighborhood
Then: Andy and Nate live in an unrealistically huge apartment in the West Village. Being recent grads starting out in impossibly expensive NYC is tough.
Now: Andy and Nate live in an unrealistically huge highrise in Williamsburg. Being recent grads who pose as starving artists in one of NYCs most expensive neighborhoods is tough.
5. The job landscape
Then: Andy vies for a position at Runway magazine as its editor-in-chief Miranda Priestlys assistant.
Now: Andy vies for a position at Vogue.com as its newest assistant editor under the site director.
6. The haute new designer
Then: Nigel provides Andy with a dramatic makeover filled with a Narciso Rodriguez frock and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Now: Nigel provides Andy with a dramatic makeover filled with Demna Gvasalias Balenciaga and Vetements boots.
Then: Nate is annoyed because shes spending so much time at work at the expense of their relationship.
Now: Nate is still eating dinner solo but is allowed to peek inside Andys world on Snapchat. When she fails to respond to any of his Snaps, he becomes insecure of their relationship as a whole.
8. Magazines versus Snapchat Discover
Then: Attractive young writer Christian Thompson offers to help Andy in her career by getting her in touch with an editor at a magazine.
Now: Christian Thompson offers Andy a chance at becoming the head of fashion at Snapchat, a newly created role.
9. Efficiency is easier than ever
Then: Andy is tasked at picking up dozens of Hermes scarves for Miranda.
Now: Andy calls Task Rabbit to pick up dozens of Hermes scarves for Miranda.
10. FOMO is a real thing
Then: Emily is super upset at Andy for being chosen to go to Paris Fashion Week with Miranda.
Now: Emily has serious FOMO (fear of missing out) when viewing all of Andys Snaps and Instagram shots with Miranda.
11. So are thirst traps
Then: Andys new sense of style is noticed by Runway magazine and her boyfriend.
Now: Andys every #OOTD is blasted on Instagram where shes become a social media star with over 45,000 followers. She even has her own trending hashtag, #AndyDiaries, and documents her every move on her Snapchat handle, Andy4rmRunwayMagazine. She’s a walking, talking thirst trap.
12. Broadway is hotter than ever
Then: Andy ditches her father at a hot Broadway show because she has to get Miranda an impossible flight from Miami back to New York.
Now: Andy ditches her father at Hamiltonbecause she has to get Miranda an impossible flight from Miami back to New York.
13. So is the Met
Then: Andy helps out a sickly Emily by identifying guests for Miranda at Runways annual gala at the museum.
Now: Andy excels at identifying celebrities at the Met Gala in impossible Halloween-like costumes for Miranda.
14. Game of Thrones > Harry Potter
Then: Miranda demands Andy get her hands on the latest Harry Potter manuscript for the twins…or goodbye job.
Now: Miranda demands Andy get her hands on the upcoming George R.R. Martin manuscript, The Winds of Winter, which hasnt even been completed…or goodbye job.
15. Some things will never change
Then: In a pivotal (and dramatic) scene, Andy throws her flip phone into a Parisian fountain. She has had it.
Now: Andy tosses all three of her iPhones and Apple Watch, her FitBit, the latest Ringly iteration and her couture LED jacket sample. She has had it.
You go, girl.