Meredith Corporation has made a big move, spending a reported $60 million to buy Shape Magazine from American Media Inc. They plan to fold their own fitness mag, the aptly titled Fitness Magazine, into Shape.
After much unwelcome attention over their apparent decision to reject a bikini photo of weight loss blogger Brooke Birmingham Shape magazine says they'll be featuring Birmingham in a spread in the magazine, along with five other "real" women.
Shape magazine has come under fire for suggesting that a woman they wanted to feature on their website for her impressive weight loss keep her shirt on in her "after" photo, an incident they say was "a misunderstanding."
There's a smart, funny read on The Cut right now that gives the overuse of the word "curvy" as a descriptor for All Types of Women a good talking-to. Lauren Bans takes on the fashion and entertainment media's exhaustive use of the term in all situations involving females, citing loads of examples, and shows how, when…
A product promising to help people look thin has given its inventor a big fat wallet. Thanks to her ingenious idea to combine insecurity, enormous underpants, and elastic sausage casings, Sara Blakely, the forty-one-year-old inventor of Spanx, is now the world's youngest female self-made billionaire.
This year you may have asked yourself, why the hell are the Kardashians on so many magazine covers? The answer is simple.
Kelly Osbourne is on the December issue of Shape (for some reason, she's not standing thigh-deep in water, like most of the mag's cover models), and she tells the magazine that negative commentary in the press really affected her.
Editor-in-chief Valerie Latona got many complaints when the October issue hit stands, and sent out an apology which began: "Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal…" Oops!
She explains: "I just shot the cover of Shape, which was such an incredible experience. I have never worn a bikini in my life before yesterday. I never even thought of wearing one! I cried when I saw the picture."
Mere hours after we posted Jenny McCarthy's comments about her Shape cover (she called it "a crap load of airbrushing)", we got an email from the PR Director of the magazine:
Has everyone at Shape overdosed on endorphins? Folio points out that the October and November covers of the magazine are basically identical. (Seriously, the only difference is that Sheryl Crow's head is attached to the body on one and Heather Graham's face on the other.) Shape says it's just "a coincidence." We say…
Women's service magazines aren't just about underweight and underfed models. Glamour Magazine has been ranked towards the top of a list of magazines with sound nutritional information by the American Council on Science and Health, according to MediaPost. Even Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, Shape, and Self got…