By: Alexus Mosley
Whether you currently work for a fashion publication or you’re still trying to get your foot in the door, there are many women who came before us that we could learn from. With NYFW launching tomorrow, we thought this a better time than not to save you from spending hours on Wikipedia retracing the lives of greats, such Franca Sozzani, Robin Givahn, and Suzy Menkes, when you can have more fun by watching - and learning from - the fictional characters in fashion films. So without further adieu, here are 4 fictional fashion editors we wish we worked for...if only they were real!
Lana Jong – Composure Magazine
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Aside from her bold bob haircut and signature red lips being #BeautyGoals, Lana Jong is one of our favorite fictional fashion editors for many reasons. While she may not have been the most supportive of her writers’ ideas, she began pitch meetings with meditation (way cool!) and knew just how far to push How To columnist Andie for the sake of a good story (which, as you know, ultimately leads to her finding true love). Because, after all, who doesn’t dream of having a writing assignment lead to a hot guy?
Jacqueline Carlyle – Scarlett Magazine
The Bold Type (2017)
Based on Cosmo’s former Editor in Chief, Joanna Coles, Jacqueline is the boss we all dream of working for one day. Her tolerance for self-expression, genuine concern for her employees, and ability to exert authority without being overly bossy is admirable. Her character is a true example of how to be a woke feminist in the workplace. Think Helen Gurley Brown meets cheerleader mom. And besides, have you seen her in this Haider Ackermann pant suit?
Maggie Prescott – Quality Magazine
Funny Face (1957)
There’s no question that Kay Thompson delivered in her role as Maggie Prescott. Inspired by fashion icons, Diana Vreeland and Carmel Snow, the fictional editor is often credited with introducing the concept of beauty and brains to the fashion magazine world. Her quote, “A magazine is like a human being. If it comes into the home, it must contribute.” still stands today. Her staff consisted of sharp pin-up girls that exuberated glam just like she did. And if her innovation and elegance wasn’t enough to capture hearts, her “Think Pink” number sure did the trick.
Miranda Priestly – Runway Magazine
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
She may have been deemed the devil but no one knows fashion quite like Miranda Priestly. A fashion elitist of the highest order, she demands the attention of everyone in the room just by entering. And while much of that may be rooted in fear, we believe it also stems from her captivating personal style. Miranda is quick-witted, powerful, self-aware, and self-assured (sounds like a certain someone we all know...ahem, Anna Wintour). There are many pros to having a decisive boss with a formidable reputation. Because having your assistant run around the city in search of an unreleased Harry Potter manuscript is great for their character development, am I right?
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