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Is There a New Era of Magazine Cover Stars?

Posted by Maggie Dickman

 

Photo licensed under Creative Commons by Manoj Jacob.

Photo licensed under Creative Commons by Manoj Jacob.

When checking out at a grocery store, the first thing that catches my eye are the brightly colored magazines. The next thing that stands out is who’s on the cover. The cover stars are typically a variety of pop culture icons, those who have an influence on the average American. But how big of an influence do these celebrities actually have on the magazine covers themselves?

According to an article in The New York Times, celebrity covers have decreased in popularity on the newsstand. The Alliance for Audited Media released data showing single issue sales have dropped since the beginning of the year. Cosmopolitan sales dropped 24.8%, O, The Oprah Magazine dropped 11.4% and People dropped 14.8%.  What caused such a decline? Continue reading

Photoshop: how far will magazines go?

By Andrea Crowley

The lovely Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett was featured on the March/April 2012 cover of Intelligent Life magazine… un-Photoshopped. Her face is void of heavy makeup and reveals the faint bags under her eyes and weary lines across her pale face. When placed along side any other magazine on the newsstand, this one is sure to stand out most.

While Blanchett is still very charming on this cover, other women featured on women’s publications such as Cosmopolitan or Glamour look much different. They have glowing skin, large breasts, caked on makeup and blowing hair (as if a perfect gust of wind just came in and hit them straight on during their photo shoot).  We see them as beautiful people, but are they real?

In comparison to Vogue’s  March cover of Adele, Blanchett’s cover is a true depiction of herself – a 42-year-old working mother and actress. Every wrinkle (of maybe the three that she has) is shown. She is wearing work clothes and has her hair down in a natural wave.

Screen shot taken by Andrea Crowley.

Looking at Adele on the cover of Vogue is like looking at an after shot of someone who’s just had plastic surgery. It appears as though she has just lost a significant amount of weight, reduced the size of her rib cage and gotten rid of her normally rounded cheeks. Photoshop has the ability to make someone who is real, fake. What was wrong with the authentic Adele (the photo on the right of her at the Grammy’s)? Does this suggest to young girls that being a little curvier is not okay? Not beautiful?

Tiny Fey is one celebrity who opposes Photoshop. In her recent book, Bossypants, Fey writes, ” I feel about Photoshop the way some people feel about abortion.  It is appalling and a tragic reflection on the moral decay of our society…unless I need it, in which case, everybody be cool,” (p. 157).Kelly Clarkson and Jessica Simpson are other celebs opposing Photoshop. Read 5 Real Women Being Real About Body Image by Lovelyish blogger to find out if any of your favorite public figures are too.

Magazines are considered journalistic publications so the public expects a magazine’s staff to report truthfully. Shouldn’t that include photos? What do you think about Photoshop and to what extent should it be used in magazines (entertainment or scholarly)?

Conde Nast Closes Gourmet

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It’s all over the news that Conde Nast has closed their top food magazine Gourmet. The mag has been leading in the food industry since 1941. (That’s about 70 years!) It’s rare that Conde Nast would choose one of their oldest, most successful magazines, but execs say ad revenue is simply down. They also closed Cookie and two of their bridal magazines for the same reason, but those are newer and didn’t have the following Gourmet did.

According to The New York Times and NPR, everyone is confused and upset. The editor-in-chief of Gourmet, Ruth Reichl, tweeted, “We’re all stunned, sad.” No one expected this to happen, especially to Gourmet.

This whole ordeal for some reason is the first thing to really make me afraid that print may one day die. Before I was always considering readership, but readership isn’t the issue. Of course people will always want to physically flip the pages, but that doesn’t mean they’ll always be profitable for the companies. I knew that ad sales were important, but I never thought huge magazines like Gourmet would suffer for it. What if one day top-notch fashion designers don’t consider Vogue to be the most important place to advertise their collections? Anna Wintour won’t be editor-in-chief forever and what if when she leaves, so do the people (advertisers/designers) who trust her and follow her judgment? A 60 Minutes interview with her even showed designers saying they often create their collections with her in mind.

Vogue is to fashion what Gourmet was to food. Will Vogue’s day come sooner than we think?

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