- Anne Hathaway has recently left a photoshoot
- She did so in solidarity with the striking unions
- THIS is what we know so far
The "Devil Wears Prada" star left jaws on the floor when she bailed on a glitzy Vanity Fair photoshoot in the Big Apple, choosing to stand shoulder to shoulder with the striking workers of Conde Nast. Nearly 400 union members who work at Condé Nast are currently holding a 24-hour work stoppage to protest negotiation practices they claim are unlawful.
Anne is showing solidarity
"They hadn't even started taking photos yet," a source spilled to 'Variety'. "Once Anne was made aware of what was going on, she just got up from her hair and makeup and left." Talk about a diva move, but for a cause!
The work stoppage coincided with the announcement of the 2024 Oscar nominations, which took place Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET. Employees at Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, Allure, Condé Nast Entertainment, Architectural Digest, Glamour, Self, Teen Vogue and other Condé Nast publications walked to hold a rally in front of the company’s offices in New York.
The rally cry was loud and clear as about 400 unionized employees from the creme de la creme of fashion and lifestyle mags like Vogue, GQ, and more, dropped their tools to protest against what they call unfair layoff talks. And guess what? Their picket signs were as chic as their publications: "Layoffs are out of fashion."
The timing? Impeccable! The work stoppage strutted onto the scene right as the 2024 Oscar nominations were being unveiled. It's like the universe itself was directing this scene of defiance.
Quite the activist
The fact is, she's used to fighting for those less fortunate. When it comes to equality, Anne is a committed voice for change. She has previously served as an advocate for Nike Foundation to raise awareness against child marriage.
In 2013 she provided the narration on ‘Girl Rising,’ a CNN documentary film, which focused on the power of female education as it followed seven girls around the world who sought to overcome obstacles and follow their dreams.
"I feel honoured and inspired by this opportunity to aid in advancing gender equality," said Ms. Hathaway. "Significant progress has already been made but it is time that we collectively intensify our efforts and ensure that true equality is finally realized."
This walk out is just the latest sign of her good will!
Videos from the union's Twitter feed showed the fashionable crowd chanting with gusto, "Say it loud, say it clear; winter's extra cold this year." A frosty nod to none other than the ice queen of fashion herself, Anna Wintour.
The backdrop to this high-drama? Conde Nast's recent merge of Pitchfork with GQ, which hit a sour note, leading to layoffs and the exit of top brass like editor-in-chief Puja Patel.
Anne Hathaway's unexpected exit not only turned heads but also turned up the volume on the workers' demands. Now, that's what we call a star performance!