Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Beyonce - Marie Claire - June 2009

Cute dress. Slightly odd expression.

I remember a time almost ten years ago when Marie Claire was my favorite magazine. The stories were interesting, the celebrity pieces weren't quite so fluffy, the models and "real women" used on its pages were diverse* and it actually had a point of view that seemed larger than "buy this stuff it will make you happy." Nowadays I only subscribe to the magazine because it only cost me $5 for two years. On average, it takes about five minutes to flip through it before it gets dumped into the recycle bin.

That said, this issue wasn't a complete bust. I found a few books in the "Radar" section that are now on my wishlist: Monica Ali's "In the Kitchen" and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "The Thing Around Your Neck." It also reminded me to Tivo Jada Pinkett-Smith's new TNT drama HawthoRNe. Lastly, I entered a contest for a chance to win "Beyonce's Luxe HoD Wardrobe," which I know will make a showstopper at my son's next preschool mixer.

*I have to add that last month's issue contained two great spreads featuring models Alyssah Ali and Atong Arjok.


ninety9 said...

i know what you mean about marie claire. it's been such a disappointment. i stopped subscribing to it a couple of years ago. i really enjoyed the stories of women from around the world. especially the typical day of a woman in a particular country. now it's just trite fluff and i'm tired of seeing the same women on the cover.

Ondo Lady said...

Well US Marie Claire raised my interest after watching the reality show, Running in Heels. Unfortunately, I have never read it so I can't comment although I must say Beyonce looks good on the cover. UK Marie Claire used to be very groundbreaking in the 90s when Glenda Bailey was at the helm. It did to magazines what Cosmopolitan did in the 70s. Now sadly it is a pale version of itself; relying heavily on celebrity covers. I find very little articles of interest and the concept is very bland. That mag really needs an inject of something to bring it back to life. UK Elle is miles better.

madame z said...

I agree. Years ago, I loved Marie Claire more than Elle and VOGUE...but not as much as BAZAAR LOL Still, it's fallen off :( Most magazines have. Another example for me, is VIBE magazine. It's soooooooooo not what it used to be and that's just damn disappointing.

Naturally Sophia said...

I agree, I was smitten with Marie Claire in the 90s. Now it seems like fluff in comparison. However, last months spreads were indeed fabulous. I am looking for my copy now and think some1 may have kept it. Le sigh...callin a B & N connection for another one now, LOL!