The Devil’s Life

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Miranda Priestly from “Devil Wears Prada” is my all-time-favorite movie character.   I was ecstatic when I learned that Lauren Weisberger is working on writing a sequel to the “Devil Wears Prada”, called “Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns”, due out in June 2013.  Both Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt have said in recent interviews that they would sign on for a film sequel, too (if they don’t have to lose as much weight as they did for the original film)!  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!!!

My anticipation for the book/film had me thinking again about my favorite character, Miranda Priestly.  I realized how many Miranda factoids are mentioned in the book and not in the original film.  If you’re anything like me, you can’t get enough.  So, I have compiled all of the facts below.  Regardless of whether or not Miranda Priestly is based on Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine, Miranda is an amazing character in her own right.  Meryl Streep has said “If she (Miranda) were a man, the only thing people would talk about is how good she is at her job.”  Since Miranda is a woman, she is inspirational to all girls and women alike.  She has taught us that it is ok to want to have it all and we don’t need to feel bad about it.  It is enough to do our jobs well and take pride in them and we don’t have to fake being nice to do it.  It is alright to be direct, witty, and most importantly–to know exactly what you want.  And well…having an awesome wardrobe, a posh apartment, and a great family is just icing on the cake!

The Biggest Differences

There are three major differences between Miranda Priestly in the novel and Miranda Priestly in the film.  The first is that the character in the novel is British and in the film, she is American.  Also, in the novel, Miranda is most likely in her 40’s and in the film, she is in her 50’s.  Finally, Miranda in the novel is a long-haired blonde.  In the film, Miranda has a stylish white short haircut with a forelock.

Personal Life

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Cars:     Miranda owns two cars… a green Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet Convertible and a top-of-the-line black Lincoln Navigator.
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Help:    Miranda employs a full-time driver, housekeeper, nanny, and chef.

Pet:    Miranda’s pooch is French bulldog puppy named Madelaine.

Residence:    Miranda and her family live in an eighteen-room penthouse apartment with a doorman on Fifth Avenue at 76th Street.  Miranda’s pad is decorated in a Colonial-style.
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Children:    Miranda has 10-year old twin daughters, named Caroline and Cassidy, from her second marriage to a 60’s rock-star.

Spouse:    Miranda is recently married to her third husband, Hunter Tomlinson.

Membership:    Miranda serves as a Board Member for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (which is located on the edge of Cental Park–just across the street from her Penthouse Apartment).

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At Work:

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Coffee:     Miranda only drinks Starbucks.  Her assistant grabs her a tall latte with two raw sugars before Miranda arrives at work in the morning.
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Breakfast:    Every morning, Mangia in Manhattan delivers one soft cheese danish, four slices of bacon, and two sausage links for Miranda.
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Newspapers:     Miranda expects these newspapers on her desk each morning–New York Times, Daily News, New York Post, The Financial Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily (placed in the middle of her desk), and the New York Observer on Wednesdays.

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Weekly Magazines:     These are the weekly magazines that Miranda wants delivered to her office–Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, New York, The Economist.

Drink:    Besides her Starbucks lattes, Miranda’s drink of choice is Pellegrino with lime in a tumbler on her desk and with her dinner.  There is a supply of them in the refrigerator at the Runway office.

Making Pellegrino with Lime
What she’s wearing:

Miranda always wears a single white Hermès scarf somewhere on her outfit.  Miranda mostly wears them around her neck, but sometimes she has her hairdresser tie one in a chignon, or occasionally she’ll use them as a belt.
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Four times a year, Miranda flips through “look-books” of designer haute couture from the fashion shows, like they were her own personal catalogs, until she has selected a full season’s wardrobe directly from the runway.  Then she relinquishes last season’s clothes.  Miranda wears a size zero.

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In her bag:

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In the novel, Miranda carries a beaded Fendi tote, similar to the one below.  Inside the tote, are the following items:
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a black leather Hermès planner…miranda 19Stila lipstick (Miranda has perfectly lined and filled lips regardless of the hour)…
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Miranda’s Runway book…
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and an extra-large bottle of Miranda’s signature Bulgari perfume.
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When Traveling:

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Miranda goes to Milan and Paris three times (October, July, and March) per year for the fashion shows.  She spends two weeks in Europe–one week in Milan and one week in Paris.

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To prepare for her travels, Miranda’s housekeeper and assistant cut rolls of velvet in the exact shape and size of every article of the clothing that she plans to bring.  They then individually wrap each item in the velvet.  The velvet packages are neatly stacked in dozens of Louis Vuitton suitcases.

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Miranda takes her vacation every year starting a week before Thanksgiving until right after New Year’s.  She typically stays at the flat she keeps in London.
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Miranda spends Christmas and New Year’s at the Ritz Carlton in Paris.
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I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about Miranda Priestly.

That’s all.


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