Miranda Priestly

Miranda Priestly

    The Devil Wears Prada
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… in a beautiful Manhattan townhouse with her husband, Stephen, and her twin daughters. She loves her daughters and will do just about anything for them – including trying to track down the unpublished manuscript of the latest in the Harry Potter series. 

Profession… Editor-in-chief of Runway, a high-end fashion magazine. Under Miranda's dedication and leadership, the magazine has become the authoritative view on fashion trends. In fact, its views "are the only ones that matter" when it comes to making or breaking a new collection. Adored, honored and, most of all, feared, Miranda is at the center of a fashion empire. And she doesn't just talk about style; she embodies it. Miranda is one of the best dressed women in the world.

Interests… drinking piping-hot, no-foam skim lattes, traveling to Paris, and throwing things. Although Miranda rarely smiles, her one-liners show that she also enjoys snarky humor. 

Relationship Status… married, and not for the first time. It’s difficult to make time for your relationship when your real significant other is your career. Miranda is facing some challenges in her marriage, but she never lets her personal life get in the way of her work. She shows a tough exterior to everyone, but even the "heartless" Miranda has been known to shed a tear over her love life. 

Challenge… managing her staff. Her assistants never last longer than a few months because they can't meet Miranda’s high standards. Miranda is tired of surrounding herself with idiotic people who think florals for spring are groundbreaking. As Miranda tells her assistants, “Details of your incompetence do not interest me.” Her latest assistant is a recent Northwestern graduate woman named Andy. Instead of firing her immediately for her complete lack of fashion sense, Miranda has decided to give the “smart, fat girl” (who probably weigh less than 120 pounds) a chance. She's a tough boss and mentor, but Miranda believes that pushes Andy to reach her fullest potential. 

Personality… driven, commanding, and precise. Miranda Priestly didn’t get to where she is in life by being easy-going. She rose to the top of the fashion world by driving for perfection, working tirelessly, and facing every challenge head-on. Many say that she is too demanding, direct, and cutthroat. But if she were a male, would she be called a “Devil” for that?


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