The devil still wears Prada, but she might have to start making late-night Starbucks trips herself. Vogue magazine, whose editor in chief, Anna Wintour, inspired the film "The Devil Wears Prada," this week reminded interns to go home at 5 p.m. sharp, say people familiar with the matter. Interns also won't be allowed to complete certain menial tasks, like carrying apparel between fashion houses and photo shoots.
Why let aspiring fashionistas off easy? Wednesday, a former intern of Harper's Bazaar filed suit against the magazine for allegedly violating labor laws. The gripe: She worked full time for the benefit of the magazine. Certain federal laws stipulate that unpaid interns should have an educational experience rather than simply provide free labor.
Many fashion magazines have hordes of unpaid interns, sometimes working extended hours. With so many youngsters keen to get a start in fashion, demand far outweighs supply. But with the spotlight on alleged labor-law violations, life at the bottom of the totem pole could get a bit easier.
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