The internet is littered with fashion intern horror stories that sound like Andy Sach’s experience with Miranda Priestly in real life, but what was it actually like for the woman behind The Devil Wears Prada?
Author Lauren Weisberger has previously admitted that the story was inspired by her own experiences as assistant to American Vogue’s editor Anna Wintour, commenting, “It was a work of fiction but obviously inspired by Anna and inspired by my time at Vogue – clearly, but I embellished it for sure.”
So while she probably didn’t have to find an original Harry Potter manuscript, she definitely had her fair share of near impossible tasks to complete. But does she regret taking the job at all?
Talking at our Hearst Big Book Festival, Weisberger revealed that while it was tough to be an intern at times and she “did a lot of complaining”, it was an experience she would never take back, because she learned so much from the best of the best.
“It was such an incredible opportunity to be able to have my first job after college there”, the author said while promoting her new book The Wives. “When you’re working side-by-side with some of these high powered people, it was so fascinating to be able to see, as such a young, inexperienced person, how these people at the top of their industries operate.
“How they hold meetings, how they talk to people, how they treat people, how they write memos, how they conduct their business – for better or worse. I don’t think I could’ve had a better experience in terms of my career.
“I did a lot of complaining. I wrote a book complaining about it! But I absolutely loved it. Looking back at that time, it was one of the most valuable times of my career.”
It makes sense. Though the work might be hard and the hours might be long, if you have access to people at the top of their game, you’re learning way more than you would elsewhere.
This article was originally posted on Cosmopolitan.
Minor edits was made by Quiet Curator editors.