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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Pretty! Pretty!

I realize that, to anyone who doesn't read them, fashion magazines seem pretty much interchangeable. They are not.

Cosmo is written for 21-year-old women with the emotional maturity of 14-year-old girls; Vogue is no fun unless you make six figures; Allure is the K-Mart of fashion magazines; and Jane is like the girl at my high school who threw on a Cure t-shirt and started calling herself "alternative," oblivious to the fact that Bust and Venus were giggling and whispering behind their hands about what a poser she was.

But Glamour is different, and this is why:

1. Jennifer Connolly is on the cover this month, and they did not airbrush out her crow's feet.
2. Mariane Pearl does an insightful, smart monthly feature about women activists around the world.
3. You know how "sexy curves" is usually a euphemism for "fatty fat-fat" in most women's magazines? This month's issue features a fashion spread with America Ferrera that makes absolutely no mention of her weight.
4. And along those lines, realistic and attainable beauty goals. Recently in Glamour, I read something along the lines of: "All you really need is a moisturizer with SPF, a moisturizer to wear at night, and something to wash your face with." I'd always suspected that microderm abrasion and at-home chemical peels were a racket. How nice to be validated.
5. And believe it or not, they plug really good books (this month, Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield).

I'm not saying it's the New Yorker or anything, but still, credit where it's due. Not once has reading an issue of Glamour ever made me feel guilty or vapid, and occasionally, I learn something interesting about Darfur or breast cancer. I can't think of a better way to spend the occasional half an hour.


Sara said...

I didn't realize what a find it was! Now I know which to pick up when I'm bored at the supermarket. And I also know how to defend my choice if one of my more pretentious friends catches me reading it. ;)

mary_m said...

I've managed to limit my reading of Us Weekly and In Touch to the grocery store line, but I cannot resist buying Glamour!

Gwen said...

I found in Glamour a really useful tip for organizing my jewelry--I bought a big bulletin board and the type of pins you use in insect collections, and hung everything artfully so that it's easy to see everything I have at once and long dangly earrings don't get all twisted and knotted in the bottom of a jewelry drawer. It's awesome.

So at least once Glamour has positively influenced my life. I don't think any of the academic journals I subscribe to have ever had such a direct impact.