Anne Hathaway walked out of a Vanity Fair photoshoot during the Conde Nast strike

Conde Nast, like many print media companies, is doing a huge round of layoffs. Just last week, Conde Nast announced that they were folding Pitchfork into GQ and firing most of Pitchfork’s music-journalists and critics. There have been layoffs at other Conde Nast titles, so much so that the Conde Nast Union staged a walk out on Tuesday to highlight the mismanagement and shoddy treatment of executives. Also happening on Tuesday: Anne Hathaway flew into New York for a Vanity Fair photoshoot. She was in hair-and-makeup when she was told about the walk out. She walked out of the photoshoot in a little sympathy strike of her own.

Anne Hathaway walked out of a Vanity Fair photo shoot Tuesday morning in support of the Condé Nast Union walk out.

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.

Hathaway was unaware of the work stoppage when she arrived at the New York City photo shoot. She was still in hair and makeup when her team was notified by a staffer from SAG-AFTRA to advise Hathaway to support the work stoppage.

“They hadn’t even started taking photos yet,” a source tells Variety. “Once Anne was made aware of what was going on, she just got up from hair and makeup and left.”

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.

Videos posted to the union’s X/Twitter show protesters holding signs that read, “Layoffs are out of fashion.” They can also be chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear, winter’s extra cold this year,” an obvious play on Anna Wintour’s name.

[From Variety]

You might say that Anne is rich and famous and she can do this because she won’t suffer any backlash, but I totally believe she’ll face backlash. Please, Anna Wintour will devise many punishments for Anne’s insubordination. No more Vogue coverage, no more Vanity Fair covers, no more front rows at Valentino. It will be interesting to see if Wintour actually goes through with it long-term. Also: Anne’s people managed to get “her team was notified by a staffer from SAG-AFTRA to advise Hathaway to support the work stoppage” placed in the Variety piece. Anne was only acting on advice from her union!

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  1. Chaine says:

    Glad she supported the union regardless. Maybe less Vogue coverage and no more front row seats means we will not see her in hideous monstrosities like that denim (?) gown any more?

    • Fred says:


    • Sandra says:

      I’m probably in the minority but I really like that look! I’m not usually a fan of denim being anything but jeans but I like what the designer created here..
      Anne will definitely face consequences for walking out.

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Seconded, I love that dress!! 😍

        Yeah, she’ll be blacklisted from the publications but she acted right, I am totally supporting her stance here.

  2. Minority Report says:

    Oh, Anne is definitely getting taken to the woodshed for this. Hollywood loves to hate AH. I’m glad she backed the union though.

  3. Meg says:

    I love that she supports the union! Solidarity!! <3

  4. SarahCS says:

    Good for her, we need to keep normalising strikes and stoppages for as long as they are a necessary part of the process of getting people fair employment terms and conditions.

  5. elizabeth says:

    yes to solidarity!

  6. TIFFANY says:

    Imma back Anne for doing this in any way I can.

    I am just tired of this woman getting dragged for just acting right and supporting causes.

    • sid says:

      It is annoying to see the hate Hathaway receives for being earnest. Folks mocked the tone of her Oscar acceptance speech because she had campaigned hard, but so what? Everyone is forced to campaign for that gold statue. Maybe it really was a dream come true for her. The attitude towards her just bothers me because it reminds of how I see people seemingly like her get treated in real life. Accusations of being overeager or too Mary Sunshine or whatever. My personal default mode is often salty bitch, but it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the folks who just want to be nice and do the right thing.

  7. Mtl.ex.pat says:

    I’ve always liked her earnest theatre nerd geekiness. Good for her. Also, except for the strange neckline, really like that white dress in the top photo.

  8. pyritedigger says:

    Here to express support for Anne. This makes me like her and I’m now more interested in her future projects because of this. Anyone who shows solidarity like this with other workers in other industries is someone I want to support and I’ll do that with by going to see their projects.

  9. Bumblebee says:

    Good for her. I don’t get why there is so much complaining about her. Oh, wait, she’s a woman! No second chances or excuses for her.

  10. Shawna says:

    Good job, Anne! That must have been a pretty awkward thing to have to do, so kudos for the follow-through.

  11. Truthiness says:

    I have zero doubt that Conde Nast deserves this strike. Now that I know not to click on ANY link from Vogue, Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest until the strike is settled, is the complete list the ones referenced in the Variety article? For me the smaller names are easy to avoid.

    To be honest I’d be happy striking all of the Vogue entities until Anna Wintour is gone but I can’t get my hopes up.

  12. swiftcreekrising says:

    This feels particularly meaningful coming from Hathaway given one of her most iconic roles is TDWP. Good for her.

  13. Spike says:

    Right on Anne. Union strong!