MAIN CHARACTER: ANDREA ‘ANDY’ SACHS (Anne Hathaway)
Andy is an aspiring journalist fresh out of Northwestern University. Despite ridiculing the shallowness of the fashion industry, she lands the job that “a million girls would kill for”: junior personal assistant to Miranda Priestly, the icy-editor-in-chief of Runway fashion’s magazine. Andy puts up with Miranda’s bizarre and humiliating treatment in hopes of getting a job as a writer or reporter somewhere else.
At first, Andy fumbles with her job and fits in poorly with her gossipy, fashion-conscious co-workers, especially Miranda’s senior assistant Emily Carlton. However, with the help of art director Nigel, she gradually learns her responsibilities and begins to dress more stylishly. She also meets attractive young writer Christian Thompson, who offers to help her with her career. As she spends increasing amounts of time at Miranda’s beck and call, problems arise in her relationships with her college friends and her boyfriend Nate, a chef working his way up the career leader.
One day, Andy saves Miranda from being embarrassed by Emily at a charity benefit, and Miranda rewards her by offering to take her to the fall fashion shows in Paris instead of Emily. Andy hesitates to take this privilege away from Emily, but she is forced to accept the offer being told by Miranda that she will lose her job if she declines. Later, Emily is hit by a car and Andy faces the task of having to break the Paris news to her.
When Andrea tells Nate she will be going to Paris, he angered by her refusal to admit she’s become what she once ridiculed, and they break up. Once there, Nigel tells Andy that he has gotten a job as creative director with rising fashion star James Holt, at Miranda’s recommendation. Miranda, without makeup, opens up to Andy about the effect Miranda’s impending divorce will have on her daughters. Andy finally succumbs to Christian’s charms, and after spending the night...