How Artist Erica Magrey Turned '90s YM and Seventeen into Living Art

For Erica Magrey, a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist, teen-girl magazines from the '80s and '90s were bibles, as they were for so many of us. So in her latest online art project, Vistas, Magrey explores "various gestures associated with femininity, sexuality, and positions of power" she learned from back issues of YM » 4/09/15 4:50pm 4/09/15 4:50pm

Being Photographed By Annie Leibovitz Sounds Terrible

Sofia Vergara is on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair in a photograph shot by Annie Leibovitz, or as I call her, Anne Geddes But For Adults. In a behind-the-scenes video, Vergara tells everyone what it’s like to work with the esteemed photographer. Out of context, Vergara’s description sounds a lot like a Russ… » 4/08/15 10:10am 4/08/15 10:10am

Rise of The Kardashians: How a Family Created a Magazine Cover Dynasty

On Sunday, the 10th season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians premieres on E!. Love them or hate them, this family has become arguably the biggest success reality television hath wrought. Their show turned them from a mildly famous wealthy California family to global superstars. And what's so beautiful about the whole… » 3/13/15 1:30pm 3/13/15 1:30pm

Shailene Woodley Is a Beautiful Street Urchin in Love on Her Elle Cover

Who knows if wood nymph Shailene Woodley has evolved from eating mud and sunning her vagina, but she's definitely still a nomad. Woodley is profiled in the April issue of Elle magazine, and her homeless status is right there on the cover: "Beauty! Brains! Talent! Shailene has it all. Except for a place to sleep… » 3/12/15 9:30am 3/12/15 9:30am

Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue Only Slightly Less White Than Oscar Race

There are three things that are constants in this cold, suffocating life: death, taxes, and the ghostly whiteness of everyone on Vanity Fair's annual self-congratulatory Hollywood issue. And in its 15th year, on a just-released cover, we've gotten... more of the same. Vanity Fair, old reliable. All-white people in… » 2/03/15 10:50am 2/03/15 10:50am

Taylor Swift's Makeunder Mag Cover: What a Difference a Brow Makes

It took us a second to realize that it was indeed Ms. Taylor Swift on the cover of the latest issue of Wonderland magazine. In a good way. In fact, we're inclined to say that this sun-kissed 80's teen mag look is an improvement over her already-on-point style. Let it serve as a stern warning against both concealing… » 11/12/14 10:40am 11/12/14 10:40am

This Week in Tabloids: Downtrodden Kardashians Plan Mutiny Against Kim

Welcome back to Midweek Madness, in which we scavenge through the pages of Star, Us Weekly, OK!, Life & Style and InTouch. This week: the Kardashians are ousting Kim in a peaceful koup; Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are getting married; and Mariah Carey is a "fragile fountain of tears." » 9/10/14 4:00pm 9/10/14 4:00pm

21 Things I Learned from 131 Years of Ladies' Home Journal

Ladies' Home Journal was launched in 1883 by the Philadelphia-based Curtis Publishing Group; over its lifetime, it straddled three centuries. But it's a monthly publication no more—the staff has been gutted and it'll survive as nothing more than a "special interest publication" sold only on newsstands. I.e., a ghost. » 8/21/14 2:40pm 8/21/14 2:40pm

Dolce & Gabbana Ask Anna Wintour to Squash Tax Fraud Exposé

Last year in Italy, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana — the designers who founded luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana — were found guilty of tax fraud. Now they're reportedly trying to squash an exposé to be published by Vanity Fair — and asking Condé Nast artistic director (and Vogue editor-in-chief) Anna Wintour… » 8/04/14 3:20pm 8/04/14 3:20pm

This Week in Tabloids: Normals Who Dated A-Listers Spill Sex Secrets

Welcome back to Midweek Madness, in which Callie Beusman heads to the newsstand and picks up the latest issues of Ok!, Star, In Touch, Life & Style and Us so that together we may worship at the altar of Tabloid. This week: Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello continue to be hotter than the hinges of Hell; Jen Garner is… » 7/30/14 3:50pm 7/30/14 3:50pm

This Week in Tabloids: Kim Cries as Kendall Is Declared 'The Hot One'

Welcome back, friends. Once again Callie Beusman assists as we "read" the tabloids so you don't "have" to. This week: Selena Gomez may have gotten boobs for Bieber; Mila Kunis is pregnant and alone; Beyoncé and Jay Z are done for real this time; and Kim Kardashian is in tears because Kendall says "I'm the hot one now." » 7/16/14 3:10pm 7/16/14 3:10pm

How To Write About Sex Without Being Boring

Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it's also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh.… » 7/15/14 5:43pm 7/15/14 5:43pm