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'The Devil Wears Prada' Is Nothing Compared To Working At Vogue Brazil

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When Marina Milhomem started working at Vogue Brazil in 2016, she thought she had gotten her dream job. Only a few hours later she is met with a shocking stream of yelling from an editor's office and a visibly upset coworker leaving the office. This would soon prove to be the normal within the Condé Nast magazines office culture. 

Buzzfeed News exclusively spoke to 5 of Vogue Brazil's previous employees who agreed to go on record speaking on the regular abuse, humiliation, and mistreatment that went on at the publication. Reportedly, the exploitation is not exclusive to Vogue, but rather many of the magazine titles under the company Condé Nast. While you would expect a company culture of luxury, cooperation, and professionalism, the reality is quite the opposite. the magazine titles' bathroom stalls have been known notoriously for being the go-to place for employees to cry and pull themselves together after an abusive interaction by a higher-up employee. 

“I did it myself many times,” said Milhomem to Buzzfeed. “I cried a lot.”

The then 24-year old journalism major stated that instances of embarrassment and humiliation were round-the-clock. Buzzfeed reported that all the ex-employees whom they've spoken to have outlined instances of abuse they've experienced or have seen others go through. They were even asked to work a full 24 hour continuous day and performing unpaid tasks unrelated to their job.

One employee said she was so afraid of being accused of not doing her work that instead of asking for a couple of hours off for her cancer treatment, she went to the appointment during her lunch time. One reporter's mental state had reportedly been questioned by HR after she reported an incident where she was compared to a "spoiled child" when she stood up for herself publicly.

Apparently the most horrific of the editors was Daniela Falcão, former editor of Vogue Brazil and now is the managing director at Edições Globo Condé Nast. She had been regularly compared to Anna Winter by the public and Meryl Streep's character Miranda Priestly in the movie The Devil Wears Prada by several of the interviewed employees (who was depicted as a nightmare to work with in the movie).

Falcão was quoted to have said egregiously mocking comments to her employees regarding their outer appearance, including statements like "Well, you look sick. So go put on some mascara so I don’t have to look at that face of yours," "Where do you think you’re going with that face?" and "What are you wearing?" according to Buzzfeed. She said in an interview on YouTube a few years back that “I have a reputation for managing with fear.” She added, “I was managed with fear. All the great editors — and I come from a newspaper background — are like, ‘finish it now!’ and they say a thousand other things that aren’t fit to print.”