Who Is the New Self Magazine for, Exactly?

Depending on who you ask at what time of day, the new Self magazine is either for a "more mature readership" or has gone through a major revamp to specifically focus more on fashion or is still for millennial readers. Alternatively, perhaps it sits in the middle of a venn diagram of all three of those groups, as most… » 9/24/14 5:40pm 9/24/14 5:40pm

The Battle for September: Vogue Wins, Lucky Loses

The thickness of the September fashion magazines has been determined and while things are looking excellent for a number of publications (Elle, Vogue, Harper's Baazar, InStyle), they're looking bleak for a couple others (Lucky, Teen Vogue). » 7/25/14 5:00pm 7/25/14 5:00pm

Condé Nast Fires Self Editor and Vice President/Publisher

In news that's very interestingly timed, Condé Nast said Thursday that Self magazine editor Lucy Danziger had been let go from the publication, as had vice president/publisher Laura McEwen. Danziger is being replaced with Cosmopolitan executive editor Joyce Chang and McEwen is being replaced by Mary Murcko from the… » 4/03/14 5:40pm 4/03/14 5:40pm

Self Does Damage Control Over Tutu-Wearing Cancer Survivor

Self magazine is having a rough week dealing with the fall out from their decision to inadvertently make fun of women running a marathon in tutus who were battling cancer. That struggle was made very clear on Katie Tuesday, during an interview with one of the women at the receiving end of their criticism, Monika… » 4/02/14 1:40pm 4/02/14 1:40pm

Maybe Don't Mock a Cancer-Fighting Marathoner's Tutu

Monika Allen cofounded Glam Runner, which makes tutus for runners. When Self emailed and asked for photos of women running in the floofy skirts, she happily sent a photo of herself from the L.A. marathon. She didn't expect to appear on the magazine's "BS Meter" as the poster child for the terrible infiltration of… » 3/27/14 3:50pm 3/27/14 3:50pm

See a Man Have a Mind-Melting Conversation With His 12-Year-Old Self

It's not many of us who were organized enough to tape ourselves at age 12 talking to the future us, but thank goodness Jeremiah McDonald was. Now that it's 20 years later, he's having a little conversation with his past self. The results are pretty amazing, though the exchange between the two (er, one) is more… » 7/05/12 9:45pm 7/05/12 9:45pm

Gwyneth Works Out Obsessively, Still Hates Her Ass

>In a particularly misleading Self article, Gwyenth Paltrow allegedly dishes on her "secrets" to a fitness. This in an article where she actually says, "It's not an accident. It's not luck, it's not fairy dust, it's not good genes. It's killing myself for an hour and a half five days a week, but what I get out of it… » 4/14/11 2:10pm 4/14/11 2:10pm

Women's Fitness Magazines Are Bullshit

They promise to tone, transform, fix, and whittle your body, but all women's fitness magazines really do is help you lose all that flabby self-esteem you've spent years accumulating. How are they bullshit? Let us count the ways. » 2/08/11 5:00pm 2/08/11 5:00pm

Lose Weight, Win A Self Internship!

"Are you a college girl looking to slim down after putting on the 'freshman 15'?" Why then you could become Self magazine's next intern — as long as you have a lot of friends. » 1/28/11 1:00pm 1/28/11 1:00pm

What Facebook Does To Teenage Girls

If you came of age without Facebook, you probably regularly find reasons to be grateful for it. But a new survey suggests that despite the risks, social networks can make teen girls more emotionally safe and closer to their friends. » 11/05/10 5:02pm 11/05/10 5:02pm

And Now American Apparel Is Being Sued By Its Investors

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Self Editor On Positivity, Photoshopping, And "Feeling Fat"

Last year, Self editor Lucy Danziger drew fire for Photoshopping Kelly Clarkson. Now she's co-written a book about women's happiness. Yesterday, we talked to her about the book, the mag, and yes, the Kelly Clarkson Photoshop of Horrors. » 3/05/10 2:00pm 3/05/10 2:00pm

Photoshop Of Horrors Hall Of Shame, 2000-2009

Slimmed thighs, whittled waists, smoothed skin: Digitally altered women were de rigueur in the 00s. There were many, many Photoshop Of Horrors images to choose from, but these are the 15 most egregious examples of image retouching in this decade. » 12/16/09 2:00pm 12/16/09 2:00pm

Readers Not That Into Self's Pseudo-Kelly Clarkson

Self readers voted with their wallets on the notoriously Photoshopped Kelly Clarkson cover story: so far, it's the worst-selling issue of the year. Kelly's usually a crowd pleaser — so what changed? I have a theory. » 11/10/09 1:20pm 11/10/09 1:20pm

Conde Cutbacks Force Self Editor To Exercise

Due to budget cuts, Photoshop-defending Self editor Lucy Danziger is now biking to work — in Tory Burch. Expect new features on using unsold magazines as free weights, and how laying off employees is great for the glutes. [NYT] » 10/26/09 10:20am 10/26/09 10:20am

Self Editor: Photoshopped Mags Just Giving Women What They Want

Self editor Lucy Danziger (pictured) is still making excuses for Photoshopping pop-star Kelly Clarkson. The latest: digital manipulation is simply what readers want! » 10/20/09 12:00pm 10/20/09 12:00pm

Mothers And Daughters And Weight, Oh My

Writes René L. Todd in Self, "I've always taken a certain comfort in having a mom who is not thin. Unlike my friend Kelly and her tiny-skinny mother...my mom and I were never in competition with each other." Until! » 8/24/09 4:30pm 8/24/09 4:30pm

Self Editor Says Photoshopped Covers Capture "Essence Of You At Your…

In appearances on the Today Show and Good Morning America, SELF editor Lucy Danziger revealed that she's totally unrepentant about Photoshopping her magazine's Kelly Clarkson cover, and about convincing readers that looking your "personal best" means looking like someone else. » 8/14/09 11:00am 8/14/09 11:00am

Self Editors Explain Covers Aren't Supposed To Look Realistic

Two Self editors have announced their magazine was right to give Kelly Clarkson a slimmer body on their September issue, explaining that covers shouldn't reflect reality, but "inspire women to want to be their best". Unbelievable. » 8/11/09 2:20pm 8/11/09 2:20pm