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Maggie Prescott
Funny Face (1957)
As the lady in charge of a Quality magazine, Maggie isn't used to hearing the word no. If it makes for a better photoshoot, she'll do whatever it takes to secure the best set and model—even if it means invading a bookshop and giving its clerk a makeover. Poor Jo! She didn't stand a chance against this bullheaded woman's will.
Lana Jong
How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days (2003)
Hell-bent on turning her employees' personal lives into juicy magazine stories, Composure's editor-in-chief isn't too good with boundaries. On the upside, though, she gives her favorite writers lots of creative freedom…so long as that creative freedom doesn't lead to articles about religion, poverty or economics.
Lucy Wyman
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Catty Sparkle editor/former Six Chick Lucy is your classic frenemy. While she constantly pretends to be Jenna's (Jennifer Garner's) workplace confidant, she's always trying to one-up her supposed bestie. But on an unrelated note, let's talk about her outfit: are you getting a pang of nostalgia for pinstriped suits and lace-trimmed camis, too?
Enid Frick
Sex and the City (3 episodes, 2002-2004), Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)
Frigid and direct, Enid isn't afraid to do what she wants, say how she feels or call in a favor. Of all the orders she's barked at employees, though, I'd say my favorite is, "I got you a job. Now get me a man."
Miranda Priestly
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
I'm certain the formidable Miranda Priestly's influence is to blame every time someone asks me if my life is "like The Devil Wears Prada." No you guys, it's not. And thank goodness, too—have you seen the ridiculous requests she makes in this movie?!
Wilhelmina Slater
Ugly Betty (2006–2010)
MODE's creative director started her fashion career as an assistant with forgettable looks, and clawed her way up with the ladder with blackmail and Botox. Constantly plotting ways to snag the title of editor-in-chief, her scheming on-screen antics are so evil that fans bestowed the actress that plays her, Vanessa Williams, a "Best TV Villain" trophy at the Teen Choice Awards in 2007.
Alette Naylor
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
The eponymous EIC of Alette magazine might spend big bucks on clothes, shoes and handbags, but she likes her cake slices "tiny, tiny, tiny. TINY! TINY!"