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A movie written by Aline Brosh based on the novel of Lauren Weisberger, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ commences with a presentation of diverse disposition among women with regard to the enhancement of outer beauty; the movie’s main character Andrea ‘Andy’ Sach is satisfied with just a quick glance in the mirror before leaving the house as compared to the beauty and fashion intricacies that other women indulge in. An aspiring journalist, she takes her chance to pursue a career in New York City and gets the job of a second assistant to Miranda Priestly, a woman who brings about a big change in Andy’s life.
Despite the fact that fashion is not her forte, Andy embraces a transformation that changes the way Miranda sees her. Indeed, Miranda starts to take notice of her worth after a fashion overhaul. It gives her more serious career responsibilities and she actually likes it; she no longer looks like someone who just jumped out of bed and proceeded straight to work, and she starts handling serious fashion works and no longer runs Miranda’s errands or get thrown at of Miranda’s coat and bag. But the change, no matter how she loves it, has its trade-offs.
Nigel, Andy’s officemate who’s primarily responsible for her transformed appearance tells her, “That’s what happens when you start doing well at work. Let me know when your entire life goes up in smoke, then it’s time for a promotion” (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006). She’s enjoying the change but she’s blithely unaware of its implications. As it turns out, change is something to which the people in Andy’s life aren’t totally prepared for. She then realizes that she can embrace the change yet preserve her personal affairs.
The purpose of this paper is to understand the change that Andy chooses to venture and how she deals with the consequences that it entails. John F. Kennedy once said “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future” (Canali, 2005). Indeed, change is inevitable; a constant process of living. Change comes in different aspects; it can be good, bad, or something that one is not certain about. If change happens in an opportune time, you embrace it; you don’t resist it even if you have no clue where it’s taking you.
According to Jack Canfield, change can be cyclical or structural (Jack Canfied, 2005, p226-8). He elaborated that cyclical changes are changes that happen in a cycle or pattern, such as seasons, the stock market, the school year. Structural changes are changes that prohibit us going back to doing things the way we did them before, such as the many changes automation and technology have brought to us (Jack Canfied, 2005, p226-8). In The Devil Wears Prada, Andy goes to a cyclical change because the change isn’t permanent.
She’s motivated to change where she only gives up the simple manner of handling her physical beauty in high hopes of pleasing her employer. Emily, the first assistant to Miranda says to Andy, “You sold your soul the day you put on that first pair of Jimmy Choo’s, I saw it” (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006). The impact of change in herself: The changes in Andy’s happen the instant she makes up her mind to continue working for Miranda. Appalled at how ungrateful her boss is after exhausting all her resources trying to fly Miranda back home despite how unlikely the possibility was, Andy gets nothing but a satire with a tone that threatens her job.
With some help from Nigel who happens to be full of fashion sense, Andy takes on a challenge that gradually gives her dimension in her career; she starts using make-up, starts doing her hair, she now elaborately matches her clothes and shoes, she gains confidence around the people in Runway, the fashion publication that she’s working for, her tone that used to be diffident is now authoritative whenever she answers the phone in the office, she talks to people who are famous and gets her share in the limelight whenever she tags along with Miranda. She develops a profound sense of belonging in the world that used to be foreign to her.
The impact of change in the people around her: Andy has a boyfriend, Nate who is perfectly contented with Andy’s ‘natural’ beauty. In the early part of the movie, a close and strong bond exists between them. He makes a good laugh on Andy’s encounters with Miranda after Andy whines non-stop about them. He actually jokes about the fact that Andy got hired at Runway saying, “You got a job in a fashion magazine? Was it a phone interview? ” (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006). Nate is not just her boyfriend, but is also one of Andy’s closest friends among their group of four. They occasionally gather for drinks, joke around and rag on each other.
But as Andy’s work starts to take most of her free time, her relationship with the people around her becomes jeopardized. She misses Nate’s birthday party because Miranda needs her. And not even a Magnolia Bakery cupcake can make up for it because Nate goes to bed barely speaking to her. A similar scene there shows the part where they broke up and when Nate turned around to walk away, Andy almost changed her mind by calling out his name as if attempting to settle it but unfortunately, she gets another phone call from Miranda, which she attended to right away leaving Nate all alone.
There is also a scene in the movie where Andy hands out designer accessories to her friends, stuffs that they didn’t use to care before; but one call from Miranda springs Andy up to her feet and when her friends play keep-away with her cell phone, a playful habit that they always do, Andy uncharacteristically calls them “assholes”, an indication that missing Miranda’s call could mean an end of the world for her.
Andy’s association with some people in the business makes her become more sociable that when her close friend sees her getting a peck in the cheek from another friend, Andy gets berated, as if a slap on her face for her ‘transgression’ as what her friend thinks of it. The impact of change in her decision-making: The confidence that gradually builds up on Andy’s character makes her become more at ease handling her job as a second assistant.
She learns to show smart initiatives whenever they’re called for. One good example of that would be when she finally finds a way, despite how unimaginable the demand is, to get a manuscript of Harry Potter which Miranda so sternly demanded from her. Andy not only takes the liberty of having the manuscript hardbound before presenting it to Miranda, she also surprises her by thinking ahead; she sees to it that Miranda’s twins have the manuscript with them before boarding the train going off somewhere.
Andy’s innate cleverness also comes in handy; Emily, whose job responsibility also includes cuing Miranda of pertinent information about the guests so it would look as if Miranda knows everyone, fails to recall one of the guests’ identification; Andy comes to the rescue after having read the guest lists only in such a brief period of time. There was also a part where after a recent break-up with her boyfriend, she gives in to temptation and sleeps with someone who has an ulterior motive in which she discovers the morning after.
Andy’s biggest conflict in this movie is the fact that she needs the change but a change that will go her way i. e. still preserve her relationship with her friends and still gain their respect and her respect for herself. This movie presents that the change was the one in control of her because it was leading her to a dimension to which she does not have a control of. Just as Rosabeth Moss Kanter mentioned in her book The Change Masters, “Change brings pain when it comes as a jolt, when it is seemingly abrupt and shocking” (Resabeth Moss Kanter, 1985, p63).
What comes as a shocking revelation to Andy, perhaps what she fears to confirm herself, is when Miranda makes her realize that she’s becoming more like her when she chooses to get ahead the moment she accepts the promotion over Emily and accompany Miranda to a fashion week in Paris, something that Emily has been preparing for in a long time; one that looks like a traitorous move. The confirmation of its implications that Andy embraces is the turning point where she decides that the destination to where she is led is not what she wants in the first place.
She quits her job and redeems herself by working in an establishment that suitably fits her character. She finally works in a publication that covers labor disputes, a serious journalism that she came to New York City for. She doesn’t have to live up to being a glamorous person because she knows that it’s not what she is although she can be one. She always has a choice in life. That’s the cyclical change that happens to Andy Sach.
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