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The Daily Mail has a fairly in-depth interview today with Lauren Weisberger, above left, former assistant to Anna Wintour, and author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was translated into 27 languages and, in movie format, went on to gross $300 million at box offices worldwide. After her 11-month stint in the Vogue offices, Weisberger left to work at a travel magazine, eventually going on to publish more novels. There are some choice insights in today's Mail interview:
On raiding the fashion closet: "[I] never got to raid the closet because I never had time, although the other girls did and they wore the most fabulous things to parties. And I never went to Paris. French Vogue provided Anna with assistants when she was over there."
On shoes: "Unlike Andy I couldn't force myself to wear high heels. It was expected of me, but I ran all day, all over the office, up and down the building 1,000 times and to Starbucks six times a day, so there was no way I could manage even a 2" heel. I wore these horrible, black platform boots with a thick rubber sole because there was no choice. And even though for a couple of weeks I made the boot-to-high-heels switch under my desk, I just had to forget it in the end. She would stare at them in disgust and it was a stare that conveyed her displeasure pretty clearly. When it was published, people kept saying "It's so brave of you to write this," but it wasn't bravery—it was stupidity and complete naivety. I didn't think anyone would read it, let alone have an opinion on it. Had I known about all the fuss that would ensue, I would have been paralyzed. But people attributed things to the book that I hadn't intended."
On Conde Nast's reaction to the book: "No, not a thing. But what sent the biggest message of all was that silence. The book was getting so much hype and so much publicity, but not a single Conde Nast publication [Vogue is published by Conde Nast] mentioned a word—not my name, the title, anything, and that pretty much told me where they stood on that."
On seeing The September Issue: "I went to see it with my husband and it was amazing how much everything looked the same, even though I hadn't worked there for years. Anna's office looked the same and the people were the same —so much so that I started getting cold sweats from the flashbacks. I was shaking by the time I left the cinema!"
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