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Anne Hathaway’s Stand: Why She Walked Out of Vanity Fair Photoshoot

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In a surprising turn of events, Anne Hathaway made headlines as she walked out of a Vanity Fair cover shoot on Tuesday (local time), a move prompted by her union’s one-day walkout in solidarity with Condé Nast staffers.

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Approximately 400 unionized employees, including those from Vogue, GQ, and VF, participated in the walkout following the announcement of staff layoffs, adding a layer of controversy to Condé Nast’s recent shakeup.

Condé Nast, the media giant owning publications like VF, Vogue, GQ, Allure, Glamour, and Teen Vogue, faced discontent among employees after the merger of Pitchfork with GQ resulted in significant layoffs, including the departure of Pitchfork’s editor-in-chief, Puja Patel. The workforce reduction followed the CEO’s announcement to lay off over 300 employees in November to streamline operations.

During the photoshoot, Hathaway, still in hair and makeup, discovered the walkout by nearly all Condé Nast union members at the company’s New York headquarters. Unaware of this development, she left the session in solidarity when SAG-AFTRA members joined the picket line.

In a statement, the union expressed gratitude to Hathaway, drawing a witty reference to her iconic 2006 film, “The Devil Wears Prada.” The message playfully suggested that if the fictional Runway magazine had a union, the movie would have been much shorter, referencing her character’s journey alongside a cutthroat boss inspired by Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.

The Condé Nast union’s rally coincided with the announcement of the 2024 Oscar nominees, emphasizing their role in covering major events. Their signs declared, “Layoffs are out of fashion,” targeting Wintour, who was promoted to Chief Content Officer, Worldwide, as part of the restructuring.

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Following the incident, SAG-AFTRA’s national executive director expressed support for the Condé Nast workers. Hathaway is expected to reschedule the shoot, highlighting the actress’s stance in supporting labor rights and the ongoing struggles within the media industry.

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