Anne Hathaway Stands with Union and Walks Out of Vanity Fair Photoshoot

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Eighteen years ago, Anne Hathaway’s character, Andy Sachs, made a bold statement by resigning from Miranda Priestly’s magazine in the film “The Devil Wears Prada”. Today, Hathaway is echoing that sentiment in real life by leaving a Vanity Fair photo shoot in support of the Condé Nast Union.

Hathaway, known for her role in “The Princess Diaries”, was gearing up for a photo shoot with Vanity Fair, a leading magazine of Condé Nast, when she discovered that the company’s union had initiated a 24-hour strike. The strike was a protest against extensive layoffs and cost-cutting measures. Upon hearing about the strike, Hathaway decided to leave the photo shoot even before it began.

A source revealed to usnewsdaily that “They hadn’t even started taking photos yet. Once Anne was made aware of what was going on, she just got up from hair and makeup and left.”

Condé Nast, the owner of several prominent publishing brands in the United States, including Vogue, GQ, Allure, Teen Vogue, Bon Appétit, Glamour, Self, and Architectural Digest, has Anna Wintour as its Artistic Director and Global Chief Content Officer. Interestingly, Wintour was the loose inspiration for Meryl Streep’s character, Miranda Priestly, in “The Devil Wears Prada”, a film based on a book by Wintour’s former assistant Lauren Weisberger.

Despite the parallels, there’s no personal tension between Hathaway and Wintour. In fact, they recently appeared together as guests in Broadway’s Gutenberg, where Wintour humorously referred to the “Interstellar” actress as her “assistant” while in character on stage.

The Condé Nast Union’s X account acknowledged Hathaway’s act of solidarity, stating, “If Runway had a union The Devil Wears Prada would’ve been 30 seconds long. Thank you Anne Hathaway for not crossing our picket line.”

The account also shared a video of protesters chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear, winter’s extra cold this year,” likely a clever nod to Wintour’s surname.

The Condé Nast Union organized a day-long strike to align with the Oscar nominations. Ben Dewey, the vice chair of the union’s Condé Nast Entertainment unit, told THR that the timing was intentional: “We just really want to show how much Condé relies on union members to cover big events like the Oscar nominations.” He further explained that the strike was a response to the company’s regressive bargaining tactics and legal violations, including the withdrawal of a previous offer regarding layoffs.

As per the union’s statement, Condé Nast announced on November 1 that it planned to lay off 94 union workers and offer them a severance package. However, after negotiations with the union, the company’s subsequent offer still involved laying off 94 union workers but reduced the original severance package by more than half.

The union is urging readers to show their support by refraining from visiting Condé Nast sites during the strike. They have also shared links to a walkout fund and a letter addressed to the company’s CEO.

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Kimberlee Speakman

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