Summary: Miranda's luck runs out. Image via
Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada
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Author's Notes: This was inspired by (la) Telanu's The X Ingredient. If you haven't read it the basic concept is this: Miranda has been using her assistants for a little oral relief for many years as one of the perks of her job. When it's Andy's turn, she takes on her new responsibilities with her usual determination. Unfortunately for Miranda, she succeeds all too well and eventually after some angst (and a lot of one-way sex) they spend two hours in a hotel room, the official start of their "affair." Miranda's thoughts as she leaves the hotel, "I am fifty years old. I have just realized I'm gay. I'm leaving my husband. And it's about time I had a little fun." Ummm, not so fast Miranda.
Thanks to Mercury for the graphics and for being my beta and sounding board throughout the whole process.
The New York Post
WHO'S THAT GIRL?
JUST who was that pretty young thing coming out of a not-very-high-class garment district hotel with La Priestly the other day? A source told Page Six she is none other than the fashion queen's poor bedraggled second assistant, Andy Sachs. But according to the nifty phone-pho our tipster snapped of the pair, she doesn't look that worn down by work. In fact she looks positively…dare we say…glowing. A few subtle inquiries confirmed a meeting at the chic Christian Louboutin's studio was cancelled at the last minute. How convenient. So how did the couple spend their afternoon? One can only guess, but we're certain it was very fashionable.
OMG! Say it IS so, Miranda!
Filed under: Gay Gay Gay > Miranda Priestly
I have now died and gone to heaven. My favorite fashionista, the one and only FABulous Miranda Priestly, was seen coming out of a hotel after an afternoon tryst with her equally gorgeous assistant Andrea Sachs.
Even this is just too juicy for words. Excuse me while I go squeal some more!
Summary: Miranda's luck runs out.
Image viaThe Sydney Morning Herald.]
Stephen Tomlinson of JPMorgan Chase has filed a Summons with Notice against his wife of five years, Runway Editor-in-Chief Miranda Priestly, with the New York State Unified Court System. The summons reads, "The nature of this action is to dissolve the marriage between the parties, on the grounds: DRL § 170 subd. 4 – adultery." Mr. Tomlinson has been with JPMorgan Chase since…
Andy's replay rebound?
Former Priestly Assistant Speaks OutThe NATIONAL ENQUIRER'S exclusive on-going investigation into the misdeeds of Runway's Editor-in-Chief Miranda Priestly has taken a sharp turn beyond the sordid details of an afternoon fling with a woman half her age as first reported by The New York Post.
Elias-Clarke, parent company of Runway and its affiliate Runway UK headquartered in the London Fashion district, has named Nigel Kipling as the new editor-in-chief to replace the departing Miranda Priestly.
Kipling, for the past decade, has served Runway as its fashion director and de-facto second-in-command under the exacting standards of Ms. Priestly. Kipling's salary and stock option package is rumored to be equivalent to $2,000,000 (£1,117,293) per annum. Ms. Priestly's severance package is rumored to be valued at nearly five times as much.
Author's Note: I want to thank
for letting me use her story
The X Ingredient.
for being my beta and sounding board throughout the whole process. Thanks to
letting me use her wonderful manip of our lovely ladies and a really big thanks
to my best mate in London, the greatest city in the world,
for making the wonderful poster for the finale and not laughing at me too much
when I told him about my DWP obsession. The End
A really big thanks to the entire dvlwears_prada community for the wonderful feedback I've gotten. I'm happy I was able to bring a little light and fun to everyone for a little while.
On Love and Fashion
Miranda Priestly speaks with GO about redefining life after fifty.
Last year, tabloid gossips spread the news that Runway's Editor-in-Chief Miranda Priestly was carrying on an illicit affair with a woman not only half her age, but her employee as well. Soon after, allegations of sexual harassment resulted in her dismissal from the magazine, a nasty separation and divorce from her third husband, and rumors that she might even lose custody of her twin daughters. In a surprising turn of events, Miranda came out on top and is now stronger than ever, once again the most influential voice of international high fashion.
Miranda Priestly sat down to speak with GO about how sometimes a bad thing can have a good outcome.
As a professional woman, you've had incredible success. You rose to the top position of the world's premier fashion magazine at a relatively young age and you've dominated the fashion world ever since. How did it feel when one rash decision caused all of that to come crumbling down?
Miranda Priestly: How do you think it felt? Everything I had built, everything I had worked for was jeopardized in an instant. All because of some vicious rumors and innuendos.
But some of those rumors were true. You did have an extramarital affair with your young assistant, correct?
MP: Yes, but I'm hardly the first person to make that kind of error in judgment. My god, how quickly you all forget the sordid details of our Chief Executive's bodily fluids spread all over the news. At least I never lied about it.
No, you certainly did not, but do you regret it?
MP: What I regret was the turmoil it brought to the lives of my children and to Andrea's life. It was a terrible time for us all. But do I regret falling in love with the most wonderful, kind, generous and beautiful woman I have ever known? Certainly not.
Later on it became known that your husband was also having an affair. Was that painful for your family as well?
MP: Yes, but aside from the legalities involved with the divorce, it really wouldn't have mattered. Before the news broke in the papers, I had already decided to seek a divorce from Stephen. I knew the girls would be upset, but remaining with Stephen would have been denying a part of myself that I had only just come to realize.
So you had never been interested in women before you met Andrea?
MP: It was more simply a case that I had never realized I was interested in women before Andrea. You have to understand that when I was growing up, the world was a much different place. Proper women were supposed to be as fashionable as Jacqueline Kennedy and just as devoted to their husbands. That was the ideal instilled in me at a young age. Later on, as I began to realize my career ambitions, the general paradigm dictated that it was perfectly acceptable to have a career as long as you had the perfect husband at your side. The challenge was to balance the career and the husband at the same time. I invested so much time and energy into doing just that, I never once took a moment to realize it wasn't the perfect man I was looking for, but the perfect woman.
And Andrea was the perfect woman for you?
MP: Yes. As much as I hate to admit it, she was the only one I had ever met who was able to challenge me on every single level as an equal. It was infuriating that this mere slip of a girl could upset my life so much, force me to realize things about myself I never realized before, things I didn't want to realize.
You don't blame Andrea for what happened, do you?
MP: Of course not; I take full responsibility. That she was strong enough to endure the public muckraking of our lives just made me respect and love her all the more.
How hard did things get between you?
MP: Very hard. There was a long stretch of time – weeks that I care not think about – just after Andrea left Runway in which she refused to speak to me. I can hardly blame her. Her life was in shambles, she was forced to give up her apartment and her parents were trying to get her to move back to Ohio. Ohio! Can you imagine? I tried to help her, of course, but the silly girl refused. Well, not silly I suppose…that's just another part of the strength I admire so much. Thankfully a friend offered her a place to stay until she could get back on her feet. It wasn't until after she landed her job at GO that she finally bowed to Nigel and Emily's insistence that she contact me again.
You mean Nigel Kipling and Emily Charleton, your associates from Runway? They played matchmaker for you two?
MP: Indeed, they have proven themselves very loyal friends to both of us. Surprisingly actually, on Emily's part. She despised Andrea while they worked together, but afterwards they became good friends. How, I have no idea.
There were rumors that you continued to wield control over Runway even after your dismissal. Were they true?
MP: Like most rumors there was a small element of truth in that. Nigel consulted with me on some things, but he did retain control while at the helm. Nigel did an outstanding job. And Emily proved she had abilities that far exceeded my previous expectations. When I returned of course I gave her the promotion she had definitely earned. She hasn't disappointed me yet.
When you returned to Runway, many financial pundits admired your – what some politely termed – "adamantine balls" for manipulating the Elias-Clarke Board of Directors. How much influence did you really have over them forcing out the man who fired you?
MP: I needn't have had any influence at all…the numbers on the financial reports spoke more clearly than I ever could. I'm well aware of my worth to the company and I trusted the board to recognize that as well. They are not stupid…not anymore at least.
Did you really demand an apology from Irv Ravitz?
MP: I demand the people I associate with – whether professionally or personally – to maintain a level of civility. There are things I refuse to tolerate…uncouth behavior is certainly one of them.
You know we have to ask about the National Enquirer's claims you were sexually harassing your assistants. Why do you think they would make that kind of accusation if, as you said, there wasn't at least a small element of truth to it?
MP: To sell papers, why else? Their sales rose considerably, as did Jay Leno's ratings after he called me 'The Predator Editor' during one of his droll monologues. However, without any proof of those claims, the Enquirer's sales dropped back to their normal odious level. As for Leno…well, I'm sure he's enjoying his retirement.
What about Andrea's age? Has that been an issue in your relationship?
MP: I'll admit I was concerned in the beginning…any sane woman would be. Concerned? My god, even I was aghast at how pathetic I appeared. A fifty-year-old woman carrying on with someone half her age? Ridiculous.
What changed your mind?
MP: Andrea, of course. As I mentioned earlier, she is my equal in all things…except for our ages. It did take time, naturally. Andrea is the only one who will dare question me on matters no one has ever dared before. Not because she is acting like a petulant child trying to get her way, but because she is a mature and intelligent individual who can convince me to see all sides of an issue. I respect that. It is, at times, even refreshing.
How do your twin daughters feel about Andrea?
MP: They hated her at first. As much as I tried to shelter them from the dreadful newspapers, they still knew what was happening and they naturally blamed Andrea for it. However, during our separation they could tell how much I missed her. When we reconciled, they gave her a chance and soon Andrea's natural charm won them over. I think that's one area where Andrea's age is an advantage. Being closer to their age, she can relate to the girls in a way that I cannot.
The papers speculated you would lose them because of the scandal, but there was never a danger of that, was there?
MP: No, no. While I may have made bad decisions when it came to choosing husbands, I did manage to choose the one perfect father for my girls. Despite our marital problems, Greg has remained a friend, which helps to maintain stability for the girls. In addition to Nigel, Greg was the best friend I had during that most turbulent time.
And Runway is doing better than ever?
MP: Of course. It always has been and it always shall be my intent that Runway be the best fashion magazine in the world, month after month, issue after issue. That's not going to change any time soon.
You'll continue to bring that high standard to the fashion industry though Runway?
MP: Certainly. When one has set the bar so high, one has to ensure it stays there. For now, I'm content to be that one.
How do you manage to keep those high standards and yet make time for your relationship with Andrea?
MP: The challenge remains as it has always been, needless to say, but this time it's a relationship where two professional women are the participants in the endeavor. Andrea works just as hard as I do and together we struggle to balance our professional lives with our personal lives with the children and it works. At least, it works much better than it ever did with my husbands. I suppose that's because men are not subjected to the same expectations career women are – they are expected to devote more time to their careers even at the expense of their families if need be. A double-standard I know, but it still exists.
How much influence have you had with Andrea's burgeoning career?
MP: Very little, I'll admit. She's determined to stand or fall on her own…that maddening pride of hers again. She came to Runway on the assumption that after her tenure I could help her move up. When that blew up in her face, she set out to prove herself even in light of a scandal that could ruin anyone's career ambitions. That she has succeeded far beyond everyone's expectations makes me very proud.
What does the future hold for you?
MP: Many things I'm sure. My life has been very full and satisfying and now with Andrea by my side it is even more so. Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. It is something I look forward to very much.
Now for the really big question: Does life in the bedroom get better after fifty?
MP: I can't believe you would even dare ask that kind of question! Well…let me just say that many aspects of my life are utterly spectacular, which is all you're going to get from me regarding that.
Speaking of which, you're notorious for being a very private person. What made you decide to speak with us now?
MP: Again…Andrea. I believe I mentioned how infuriating the woman is. In her journalistic idealism, she has made it her personal crusade to fight for the rights of every one, no matter who they are. She feels that as a prominent member of the community, it is my duty to show the world that I am just like everyone else. Of course, I told her that the very idea that I am like anyone else is totally appalling, but if I expect to get any sleep at night…well, here I am.
On behalf of the community and everyone else, we here at GO are glad you spoke with us today. Is there anything else you'd care to add?
MP: That's all.
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