Shortly after college, Lauren Weisberger landed a job as the assistant to Vogue editor Anna Wintour. She worked for approximately 11 months, and then wrote a novel about a girl who after college lands a job as the assistant to a similarly British, infamously cutthroat editor-in-chief of a major fashion magazine, who also has a passion for tennis, two children, and marital issues that end in divorce.
"The Devil Wears Prada" created a monsoon-size stir. After all, a young upstart was giving one of the most formidable figures in one of the most formidable industries a vicious dressing down. But Wintour took the roman a clef fairly well (other than allegedly redecorating her office, which bore an uncomfortable resemblance to Miranda Priestly's), and even attended a pre-screening of the movie in New York.
"Anything that makes fashion entertaining and glamorous and interesting is wonderful for our industry," she told Barbara Walters. "So, I was 100 percent behind it."
The book and movie may have even helped Wintour, upping her name recognition and mystique. And it certainly helped Weisberger, launching the 26-year-old's career as a novelist. According to EW.com, Weisberger is currently working on a sequel to her book. "Revenge Wears Prada" is due out next year.