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Anne Hathaway said her breakout role in ‘The Princess Diaries’ gave people the wrong impression about her fashion

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  • The Hollywood Reporter released its 2023 list of the most powerful celebrity stylists on Tuesday.
  • Stylist Erin Walsh and one of her clients, Anne Hathaway, were featured.

Anne Hathaway has quickly become a red-carpet style icon — but she didn’t always feel understood in the world of fashion.

On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter released its 2023 list of the most powerful celebrity stylists to honor fashion creatives and the stars they work with. Hathaway’s stylist Erin Walsh is one of those featured.

As Hathaway told the publication, she believes Walsh has been so impactful to her style because it was strongly misunderstood at the start of her career.

“Erin sees my idiosyncrasies as a strength,” Hathaway told the publication. “Maybe there was initial confusion with me because I was introduced to the world as a teenaged princess, but I never actually connected to things that are ‘sweet’ and ‘pretty’ — no shade at all for those wonderful options.”

Anne Hathaway attends the 2023 Berlin Film Festival.Sebastian Reuter/Stringer/Getty Images

Hathaway was first introduced to the world as Mia Thermopolis in “The Princess Diaries” movies.

She wore a mix of elegant ball gowns and casual, girl-next-door outfits in the films, and often mirrored that style off-screen.

Anne Hathaway said her breakout role in 'The Princess Diaries' gave people the wrong impression about her fashion
Anne Hathaway attends the Golden Globe Awards on January 19, 2003.Steve Granitz/Getty Images

But today, her style is much more daring. She’s worn full leopard print at Paris Fashion Week, a “naked” look at the Berlin Film Festival, and even cutouts while pregnant.

“I’ve never had this much fun — and it’s supposed to be fun, right?” Hathaway said.

Anne Hathaway said her breakout role in 'The Princess Diaries' gave people the wrong impression about her fashion
Anne Hathaway attends the Valentino Haute Couture show at Paris Fashion Week on January 25, 2023.Marc Piasecki/WireImage

As Hathaway told The Hollywood Reporter, she loves “the right risk,” as does Walsh.

“Anne’s style is incidentally fabulous,” the stylist told the publication. “She always looks out-of-this-world cool, fashionable and fun, but it’s also quite effortless.”

One risk the duo took recently was dressing Hathaway in a brown coat and turtleneck top for a New York Fashion Week show where she was seated next to Anna Wintour.

The kicker, though, is that the outfit looked just like one she donned years prior in “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Anne Hathaway said her breakout role in 'The Princess Diaries' gave people the wrong impression about her fashion
Anne Hathaway and Anna Wintour at New York Fashion Week on September 14, 2022.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

“We did not expect that response,” Walsh told The Hollywood Reporter. “That was so fun, especially because my first fashion job was at Vogue when ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ came out. The universe truly has a plan.”

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