The New Cosmopolitan & the Slow Climb Out of Lipstick-and-Lasagna Land

"I am so fucking excited to see you all!" Joanna Coles, clad in a pair of leather leggings, yelled from the stage of the David H. Koch theater at Lincoln Center at 9:30 a.m. on a brisk Saturday in November. Coles, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, was kicking off the New York version of the publication's » 12/09/14 9:00am 12/09/14 9:00am

Anna Wintour Has Never Taken a Selfie and Doesn't Plan to Start Now

Anna "Nuclear" Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, did a "73 Questions" video for, uh, Vogue. It has a surreal, forced, rehearsed, uncomfortable faux-documentary quality but the notoriously fierce fashion magnate is a rather good sport. » 9/10/14 1:00pm 9/10/14 1:00pm

Are models slowly returning to the covers of ladymags? Joan Smalls was on the January cover of Elle; now Lara Stone graces the April cover of Bazaar. Back in September, People editor Larry Hackett said: "The era of the A-List movie star is over." So does the future of fashion mags look like the (model-driven) past? » 3/11/14 11:50am 3/11/14 11:50am

Closer: The New Magazine for Moms Who Hate the Kardashians

Wednesday is a great day for older female grocery shoppers who despise young people who aren't their progeny, because Bauer Publications has launched a new women's magazine called Closer. As this week is it's debut, it's going for only 25 cents. A steal, basically. » 10/30/13 12:00pm 10/30/13 12:00pm

Allure editor Linda Wells Explains Why Her Magazine is Different

In an extensive interview with the Business of Fashion, longtime Allure magazine editor Linda Wells reflects a bit on her success with the fashion and beauty publication she's helmed since it was started in 1991, the one that most recently made headlines for putting actress Zoë Saldana's weight on its cover. » 9/10/13 4:40pm 9/10/13 4:40pm

Elle Editor: Hell Yeah Women Produce 'Serious Journalism'

On this day, the hearts of women in journalism grew three sizes. Despite the fact that some people question whether or not women's magazines produce any"serious journalism", numerous female editors are coming out of that hole in the ground where they belong to sing the praises of their vagina-bearing employees. » 6/18/13 6:30pm 6/18/13 6:30pm

How We Got the Idea That Ladymags Don't Publish 'Serious Journalism'

Women's magazines aren't serious. That's the perception that exists anyway. It might be a matter of what consumers think about them, or maybe it's just how the people who work at them are judged by their peers in the media. But they're not taken seriously, and it's not because of their content. It's because our… » 6/17/13 12:20pm 6/17/13 12:20pm

Ladymag Editors Deny Fall's Existence

Women's magazine editors have taken another step in their ongoing campaign against reality. While we mortals are raking leaves, sipping pumpkin spice lattes, and breaking out the sweaters, airbrushed beauties are frolicking in floral dresses on sun-drenched magazine covers. » 11/05/10 6:55pm 11/05/10 6:55pm

My Day As An Anti-Feminist (Role) Model

The request had been that I "dress like a feminist" for a photo spread in a mainstream women's magazine, where I'd represent the next generation of feminism, or be, as they keep putting it, "the next Gloria Steinem." » 6/23/10 2:40pm 6/23/10 2:40pm

No Sex Please, We're Women's Magazines

It turns out that women's service magazines — what's left of the staid Seven Sisters — are rather, um, tight-lipped when it comes to sex, and advertisers like it that way. But the dirty Internet threatens this precious order. » 5/10/10 6:20pm 5/10/10 6:20pm

Filament: The Thinking Woman's Porn Magazine

Do sexy men and smart writing make for good reading? After spotting Filament magazine on my local newsstand - featuring the tagline "the thinking woman's crumpet" - I unwrapped what I thought was a new ladymag and, well, rediscovered porn. » 4/26/10 1:20pm 4/26/10 1:20pm

"This Is Just My Skin:" Zoe Saldana And The Neverending Race Question

"My skin is just my skin," Zoe Saldana told Nylon. She said something almost identical in April Glamour. While other actresses get asked about love and dieting, Saldana has apparently become the media's go-to girl for race. » 3/24/10 3:20pm 3/24/10 3:20pm

"If Men Wrote Women's Magazines" ... They'd Prescribe Vagina Exercises?

Most of these fake male-edited cover lines just rehash a lame joke Cosmo already told. But some of them are kind of weird. Do men really want us to do more Kegels? [Cool Material] » 2/17/10 5:20pm 2/17/10 5:20pm

Women's Magazines That Aren't Selling Anything (That You Can Buy In A…

I was only half-heartedly looking for fashion in Cuba — it helped justify my presence there awhile back — and didn't really expect to find it. Still, somehow fashion — on "runways," even in a magazine — was everywhere. » 1/04/10 12:00pm 1/04/10 12:00pm

Joy Behar Muses About The Demise Of Women's Magazines

You've gotta chuckle when she calls the people who run women's magazines "war criminals." But if she thinks women won't get "attacked" online, she's clearly never been to any gossip or fashion websites. » 12/17/09 1:40pm 12/17/09 1:40pm

Details Editor Says Men's Magazines Better Than Women's

"Just look at the features in men's magazines. They're often much meatier than the fare you find in women's magazines. What does that tell you? That guys aren't afraid to spend an hour reading a great piece of writing." [MediaBistro] » 12/10/09 10:40am 12/10/09 10:40am

Woman's World: Essence & Cosmo Make "A-List"

AdvertisingAge's magazine A-List is not about ad pages or circulation: Winners are magazines which "truly operate as brands." Some mags in the top 10 — The Economist; National Geographic; People — are no-brainers. But Essence and Cosmopolitan are interesting choices: » 10/19/09 11:00am 10/19/09 11:00am