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Jun 9
Is It Time To Change the Content of Fashion Magazines?
I was at the bookstore the other day browsing the fashion magazine section when my eyes fell on Town & Country magazine.  It was a special philanthropy issue.  Town & Country’s target market is the more mature, worldly woman - the woman with high fashion sense who cares more about making a difference in the world versus their younger counterparts who’d rather find out how to please their man in bed. T%26C%20Magazine.jpgAlthough I do think it’s important to know how to please my man in bed, I think it’s equally important to know how to find a cause and make an impact with my money.  The latter topic isn’t something you’d ordinarily read about in a magazine like Glamour or Cosmopolitan, but for Town & Country readers, it’s a subject that captures their interest.  

And perhaps that’s one of the reasons why many young women (and men!) find themselves in financial distress these days.  

Whether or not we believe it, fashion magazines do play a part in dictating women’s attitudes, philosophies, and how much they spend on clothing.  What if fashion magazines provided more content that helped women become more well-rounded, responsible, and strong individuals - with creative and artistic fashion spreads thrown in here and there?   

Besides offering news and resources on the latest fashion, should fashion glossies have the responsibility of inspiring their readers to be financially responsible and want to be better human beings?

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Maria, i think, you have all reason. It does a week I wrote something similar about the blogs of the fashion in Brazil. I find that the posts superficial,always is a characteristic of the blogs, I respect that, but to talk about fashion is to write about a 1 pink world?? I think they lose the opportunity of orient the visitors to perceive the fashion like 1 "media" of expression... we dress what we think, with a clear or confused style. The clothes is a consequence of "thoughts about us", and we are inserted in a determined group, and the group is inserted in a full world of crisis... of work, worthy, of environment, finally, the world is changing and everybody need to change too, I dream that the future will be better, but is not what do we read in fact.
maria did you not think we live a similar moment of the end of 60´s.... war of vietnam, crisis of values, woodstock.... i have close 50 years old, for me it´s looks like a dejá vu

I've never been one for Cosmo or Glamor because they have severely detrimental affects on women with their very narrow coverage of fashion. They aren't fashion magazines so much as they are fantasy periodicals. The average woman purchasing any fashion magazine cannot afford most of what is shown in them; and I don't think she should try to afford $3K dresses and purses. As you said its financially irresponsible. I think a good compromise would be for the writers and publishers to produce content that looks at women in a more positive way and showing fashion for every price point. I know when I do break down and look through a fashion mag, I get angry because I can't afford all the beautiful things pictured. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

I wouldn't know, I only read Vogue for the pictures.

Thanks, everyone, for sharing your thoughts! I think it's important to have more conversations like this.

I do like Oprah's magazine because it covers many important issues, but I think we need more magazines like it.

Hi Maria. I couldn't agree with you more. That's one of the reasons I started a blog, was to help educate and empower women. I probably read every magazine I can get my hands on so that I can see both points of view.

Love your blog and love that you got this conversation started.

I could go on and on about this topic but I'll keep it short. Fashion glossies need to undergo changes as a whole. There is a facade that many of them are upholding. Right now there isn't really a GREAT fashion magazine (many would consider it to be Vogue but I feel Vogue scrapes by on its name). It's as if they are scared to be different. I think the content would be different if editor's started acknowledging the fact that most of their readers don't have a million dollars and they don't all live in NY.

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