The first magazine I decided to sit down and read was Vogue from February 2011. It has Kristen Stewart on the cover (the girl from Twilight) making some weird, sexy, zoolander type face. I was immediately drawn to the sub-headline (not sure exactly what it’s called) “Perfect Hair at What Risk?” but we’ll get to that later. I’ve always found it interesting how much women generally care about their fashion because us (men) rarely notice if they change shoes or tops or whatever. For me personally it’s something I rarely notice unless you are wearing something completely outrageous. Anyway, I opened the magazine and was completely shocked by how many ads are within the first 60 pages. The content of the ads were what you expect: clothing, jewelry and fragrances (Sidenote: this was the best smelling magazine/book I have EVER read). But what surprised me were the overtly sexual images in the ads. Young males today shouldn’t have to go online or even read a Playboy—just flip through the first 60 pages of Vogue and you’ll be good to go. So after I got through the first 60 pages I soon noticed that Vogue is a damn long magazine (almost 300 pages). I was intrigued to see what I would find within its pages….
The first piece I read was the letter from the editor but I became distracted by the scent from the magazine (this was a serious problem the entire read). The editor wrote about the wedding between Prince Harry and Catherine Middleton. Apparently this is a big deal in the realm of women because (from what I can tell) women have a fantasy about being a princess and enjoy royalty and all that good stuff. The article gives the editor’s take on what style Catherine should wear in order to represent herself as proper royalty and compares the style she wants to see to either first lady Michelle Obama or TV personality Blake Lively (who I think are always mentioned together in the same sentence).
The ‘Talking Back’ section is what I went to next. This is a section where readers chime in on what they did or didn’t like about last month’s Vogue. Apparently, Anne Hathaway was featured in an elegant Audrey Hepburn type shoot (see I’m learning already!). A few people seemed to hate on the Ms. Hathaway shoot because they felt she is not eloquent enough yet to be featured this way. Apparently baring all in her movie is frowned upon in the female community.
The next few articles I looked at all had similar themes: a motivating piece about someone overcoming a struggle to become successful or who dealt with some personal tragedy only to overcome it. One was about woman who had a massive brain aneurysm and had a less than five percent chance of living and now she lives a full life with a few
restrictions. It’s pretty amazing. The other dealt with a woman’s struggle to find her place as a writer in the world. A piece on designer Rachel Feinstein’s life as a designer, one on Kristin Stewart’s life and a piece about two men who created their own fashion line were also featured. Nothing really too insightful but interested in how a majority of the articles dealt with these themes.
This part about Maggie Gyllenhaal (who I can speak for most people—no one likes her) bothered me “Whether watching Maggie Gyllenhaal on screen or sitting across from her at a Tribeca restaurant on a winter afternoon, one is inevitably drawn to her eyes—large limpid, and full of longing, conveying wily intelligence, ironic amusement”. That’s so strange because that’s what EVERYONE says when they meet me…anyway, the only thing I think of when I see Maggie is how she ruined the Dark Knight for me. Moving on….
Fashion Lesson #1: Women’s bell bottoms are making a comeback that or either hiking your pants up to your chest is coming back. I don’t know how I feel about this style, it kind of reminds me or Urkel.
More ads….more perfumes…..
More ads…more bags
Fashion Lesson #2: Stripes are back!
For the life of me I couldn’t figure out why the ‘Dispatch: Tajikistan’ was in the magazine. It made no sense to me why it was included…
More ads…more half naked women…
Fashion Lesson #3: There is a line from Italy called Aquilano Rimondi and they use bright colors—think 80s but classier.
Fashion Lesson #4: Delicate footwear such as sandals, pumps and slippers will be popular in the Spring (if I had a dollar for every time I wrote that sentence…)
Fashion Lesson #5: Women’s clothing/accessories are expensive! I now see why women should make more money than men…
More ads..uggs now makes croc looking shoes….
Finally the article I was looking forward to and I only had to go through 149 pages of ads to get to it–that’s right it’s the Perfect Hair article. There is an emphasis now on fuller, stronger and healthier hair for women. They are starting to use ‘keratin treatments’ and it’s becoming extremely popular. Fun Fact! Did you know that keratin is a protein that makes up the outer layer of our skin? Sounds awesome! Anyway, keratin is apparently the Michael Jordan of all hair products and can fix any ailment a lady may have—in respects to her hair. But it also has potential for serious health risks and contains formaldehyde, which I believe they use on dead people. The main takeaway from this article is that women will go through extreme lengths to get great hair in order to compete with other women who have great hair. I guess hair is similar to cars for men.
No ads between hair article and article on how Gluten diets can mess up your stomach—the gluten article essentially talks about women pooping-gross.
The magazine finishes off with an article about how Matt Lauer has a great life and a spread on minimalistic styles which creates another:
Fashion Lesson #6: Minimalistic styles are in—which I believe means more simple colors
Overall my first Vogue experience wasn’t too bad. The magazine’s tone is an overall positive one and definitely shows the creativity and drive of women. Some key learning’s to take away from this issue:
- Women want to feel like princesses-kinda corny and obvious but I’m sure we men forget this at times
- Apparently models can’t smile, but only create a face in which they appear frightened, surprised or about to start a gang fight
- Hair to women is a huge thing-kinda like my pog collection in middle school; I didn’t want anyone messing with it who didn’t know what they were doing
- Women like those who can overcome
So there is my first post. I hope it was informative.