Every month, I buy new magazines. Even though I still have unread back issues littered all over my apartment. Even though it’s going to tell me the same things it told me last month and the month before. I mean, I can just look at a magazine headline and rattle off the contents. (Any question posed on the cover means there will be a “pop quiz” featuring a dinky cartoon and over-simplified analysis. Any “must-have” or “what to wear NOW” lists are basically just products sent to them by cosmetic companies and fashion houses. And all of the weight loss and diet advice is pretty much the same: drink more water, eat some salmon, get some exercise – if you are lucky they will even include little pictures of perfect-looking models in matchy-matchy leotards posing to demonstrate how to do a squat or a crunch).
I know all this.
And I don’t care.
I still buy magazines.
I just love them. I really do.
It started as a tween, when I made my parents order me subscriptions to Teen and Seventeen. Every once in a while I would snag an issue of Jane or Sassy from the convenience store. Even though I wouldn’t be able to buy all of the fancy clothes or wear the makeup, I would devour these things.
And today as a grown woman, I still love them. Maybe it’s because of all of the pretty pictures, the momentary escapism, the lofty notion that after the 10 minutes spent reading an article, I will be all bright, shiny and new.
And now, that special time of year is upon us . . . when the September issues start hitting the stands! Given that “September is the January of fashion” these are always some of the biggest, glossiest issues of them all. Fashionista.com actually has a preview of
all many of the September covers. (Sadly, neither Essence nor Ebony was included. Hmmmm.) I am still poring over which ones to buy (although I already do have the September issues of Glamour and Lucky).
What about you, dear readers? Do you indulge in magazines? Why or why not? Whether you do or don’t, you will surely find humor in these hilarious articles on women’s magazines:
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