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The Devil Wears Prada Ending Explained: Why Does Andy Quit Her Job?

The Devil Wears Prada Ending Explained
The Devil Wears Prada Ending Explained

The 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada became a cult classic from the moment it landed in theaters. It boosted Anne Hathaway’s career, and it became an instant staple in movies about fashion and style. But what about its denouement? Today, we will look into The Devil Wears Prada ending.

When the movie The Devil Wears Prada first hit theaters in 2006, it was an instant hit. Starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, the film tells the story of a young woman who landed her dream job working for a high-powered fashion magazine editor, only to find out that the job is much more difficult than she expected. Here, we will explore the movie’s ending and explain what it means.

The Devil Wears Prada Ending Explained

Emily Blunt and Gisele Bündchen in The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada Plot

Andrea “Andy” Sachs is a recent Northwestern University graduate and aspiring journalist. Despite her criticism of the fashion industry’s shallowness, she is hired as a junior personal assistant to Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of Runway magazine, a job that “millions of girls would kill for.” Andy intends to put up with Miranda’s unreasonable demands and humiliating treatment for a year in the hopes of finding work as a reporter or writer somewhere.

Andy struggles initially with her position and does not fit in with her gossipy, fashion-conscious coworkers, particularly Miranda’s senior assistant, Emily Charlton. Andy approaches art director Nigel for help learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry after a dress trial session during which Miranda chastises her in front of the team. She starts dressing smartly and putting in effort for the position, catering to all of Miranda’s whims and fancies. Problems occur in her relationship with Nate, who increasingly finds her spending all of her time at the beck and call of her new boss.

Miranda Takes Notice

Miranda notices Andy’s altered appearance and devotion and begins to delegate more responsibility and complex duties to her. Andy gradually becomes more glamorous and, at first unknowingly, begins to identify herself with the Runway mentality. She gradually outperforms Emily in her work.

Andy saves Miranda from shame and is rewarded by being asked to take over as Miranda’s assistant during Fashion Week. Miranda instructs Andy to notify Emily that she will not be traveling to Paris. Still, when Andy contacts Emily, Emily is hit by a car and is taken to the hospital. Andy then informs the recuperating Emily of the news, which enrages her. When Andy gives Nate the information, he is outraged that she has become what she once mocked, and the couple splits up.

The Devil Wears Prada Ending Explained

Andy has a makeover

Andy’s Awakening

Andy learns of Miranda’s imminent divorce from Miranda herself in Paris. Nigel informs Andy later that night that he has accepted a position as creative director with emerging designer James Holt. Furthermore, Andy spends the night with an attractive young writer, Christian Thompson, who informs her that Miranda will be replaced as editor of Runway by Jacqueline Follet. Andy, feeling awful for Miranda in her current circumstances, tries to warn her but is unsuccessful.


Miranda, however, announces Jacqueline as the new creative director to Holt at a luncheon later that day, leaving Andy and Nigel astonished. Later, Miranda admits to Andy in the car that she was aware of the conspiracy to replace her and sacrificed Nigel to keep her job. Miranda says that Andy did the same thing to Emily by stepping over her and agreeing to go to Paris. When they come to a halt, Andy walks out and throws her phone into the Place de la Concorde fountain, leaving Miranda, Runway, and fashion behind.

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The Devil Wears Prada Ending Explained

Andy Sachs decides to quit her job, her coveted position for an industry key leader like Miranda Priestly, because the price to pay for climbing that social ladder of prestige was simply just too high. We get a lot of insight from the scene when Miranda tells Andy that they are very similar. In the sense that they’re both willing to doublecross anyone to get their way. It’s obvious that Andy’s truthful, worldly and honest nature is dissimilar to Priestly’s, and that’s the final breaking point for her. That causes her to quit her job in a dramatic way by tossing her mobile phone, a symbol of Miranda’s control over her life, into a fountain.

That job was a dream for other girls, but not for Andy. It cost her a relationship that she could no longer mend with a boyfriend that loved her, but she simply had no time for him. Though we see that they talk at the end, they’re no longer together. And we’re left wondering what’s in the future for Andy. Meanwhile, the Devil still wears Prada up on her tower on Park Avenue, controlling everything that fashion will imply. Overall, the Devil Wears Prada compels a story about the personal sacrifices we must make in our lives to reach a particular position in a job we want and the costs that come with it.

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