'The Bold Type' and 10 More Movies and TV Shows Set at Women's Magazines

11:40 AM 7/18/2017

by Rebecca Cohen

Freeform's Cosmopolitan-inspired drama, set at the fictional Scarlet, is just the latest in a long line of projects to focus on a high-fashion newsroom.

From left:  Jennifer Garner in '13 Going on 30,' 'The Bold Type' Cast, Kate Hudson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
From left: Jennifer Garner in '13 Going on 30,' 'The Bold Type' Cast, Kate Hudson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
Columbia Pictures/Photofest; Freeform/Justin Coit; Photofest

Freeform's new drama series, The Bold Type, inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, is just the latest project to be set in the glossy, high-fashion world of women's magazines.

Like many movies and TV shows that preceded it, The Bold Type takes place at a fictional publication. This time, the magazine in question is Scarlet. Past fake outlets have included Runway (The Devil Wears Prada), Poise (13 Going on 30), Composure (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and Mode (Ugly Betty).

The real Vogue, Teen Vogue, Elle and even Cosmo, itself, have all featured in programs ranging from Sex and the City to reality series The Hills, The City and E!'s appropriately titled So Cosmo.

Read on to flip through memorable tales of the glamorous and the unstylish sides of fashion media and what working behind the scenes at a women's magazine might really be like.

  • 'The Bold Type' (2017)

    Magazine: Scarlet

    Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy in 'The Bold Type'
    Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy in 'The Bold Type'

    Inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles, the Freeform drama series follows three friends who work for global-women’s magazine Scarlet, led by Melora Hardin's Jacqueline. Throughout their time at work, the three 20-something BFFs find their voices in the madness that is Manhattan and explore issues of identity, love and fashion.

  • 'So Cosmo' (2017)

    Magazine: Cosmopolitan

    'So Cosmo' cast
    'So Cosmo' cast
    Courtesy of Photofest

    This E! reality show follows employees of the famous women’s magazine. The series explores dysfunctional relationships, shifting workplace politics and the everyday chaos of keeping up with the news and trends. 

  • 'The City' (2008)

    Magazine: Elle

    Whitney Port in 'The City'
    Whitney Port in 'The City'
    Courtesy of Photofest

    The Hills spinoff followed Whitney Port and her life in New York City working for fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, exploring how Port and pals balance their personal and professional lives in a new city. The characters get caught up in messy drama while attempting to make it to work every day. Later in the show, friend Olivia Palermo begins a job at Elle that brings new commotion and characters. 

  • 'The Devil Wears Prada' (2006)

    Magazine: Runway

    Anne Hathaway in 'The Devil Wears Prada'
    Anne Hathaway in 'The Devil Wears Prada'
    20th Century Fox/Photofest

    Rising journalist and recent college grad Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) gets hired as an assistant to editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) at the Vogue-esque popular fashion magazine, Runway. While the job doesn’t fulfill Andrea's journalistic dreams, with help from her co-workers, she molds to her new position, which affects her out-of-office life.

  • 'The Hills' (2006)

    Magazine: Teen Vogue

    Lauren Conrad in 'The Hills'
    Lauren Conrad in 'The Hills'
    MTV/Photofest

    Fashion-focused college student, and Laguna Beach alum, Lauren Conrad pursues a life for herself in L.A., where she lands an internship with Teen Vogue. The Hills follows her adventures in and out of the office while touching on personal conflicts including changing friendships and relationships. 

  • 'Ugly Betty' (2006)

    Magazine: Mode

    America Ferrera in 'Ugly Betty'
    America Ferrera in 'Ugly Betty'
    Courtesy of Photofest

    A fashion-confused and totally awkward 22-year-old, Betty (America Ferrera), somehow gets a job offer from a glossy fashion magazine, Mode. Betty’s life takes a turn when her world turns “trendy” as she attempts to keep up with not only her job, but the drama and high-fashion class of her workplace.

  • '13 Going on 30' (2004)

    Magazine: Poise

    Jennifer Garner in '13 going on 30'
    Jennifer Garner in '13 going on 30'
    Photofest

    Thirteen-year-old Jenna Rink is magically transformed into her 30-year-old self. In her new grown-up body, Rink (Jennifer Garner) explores the future she thought she wanted working for hot-shot fashion magazine Poise. Her pretentious colleagues serve as a rude awakening for pseudo-adult Jenna, with constant in- and out-of-office competition, but she puts her creativity to work and leaves those who doubt her behind as she works to achieve the utmost success at her once dream job. 

  • 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' (2003)

    Magazine: Composure

    Kate Hudson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
    Kate Hudson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
    Photofest

    When advertising executive Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey) wants to land a new account, his office tells him he can have it if he can get a girl to fall in love with him. His competitors, two female co-workers, choose his target: Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), writer for fictional women's magazine Composure, who is working on a piece called “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." While working intently on her piece, Andie must fight off Ben’s impressive attempts to woo her, with each unaware of the other's true intentions. 

  • 'Sex and the City' (1998)

    Magazine: Vogue

    Sarah Jessica Parker in 'Sex and the City'
    Sarah Jessica Parker in 'Sex and the City'
    Photofest/HBO

    Faced with financial woes in the fifth season, sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) begins freelancing for Vogue, continuing to work occasionally for the magazine, often with her editor Enid (Candice Bergen), for the HBO series' remaining two seasons.

  • 'Just Shoot Me!' (1997)

    Magazine: Blush

    Laura San GIacomo in 'Just Shoot Me!'
    Laura San GIacomo in 'Just Shoot Me!'
    Courtesy of Photofest

    Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo) can’t keep a job, so when the journalist is fired again, to her dismay, she is forced to write for Blush, her father’s fashion magazine. Working out of her comfort zone leads to conflicts with new kinds of people that she must face at the office. Maya struggles with keeping her feminist views in check while working for a publication that sexualizes women based on looks every day. 

  • 'Funny Face' (1957)

    Magazine: Quality

    Audrey Hepburn in 'Funny Face'
    Audrey Hepburn in 'Funny Face'
    Courtesy of Photofest

    Bookstore salesgirl Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) is in the right place at the right time when fashion photographer accidentally snaps a picture of her and likes what he sees. Jo accepts a contract to model for a fashion magazine and learns to love the new life she was given, surrounded by stylish chaos every day. 

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