Teen Vogue, March Issue ASIN: B0023VOOD8
Overview: This magazine is targeted towards teen girls. As one reviewer on Amazon noted, this is meant to be a fashion magazine, so it does not contain much besides fashion. In that sense, it looks remarkably like a Vogue magazine, with slightly younger models and potentially slightly younger featured celebrities. This issue featured a title story on 15 year old Chloe Grace Moretz, as well as stories on the Obama sisters, Coco Rocha (a 24 year old model), and Kevin Durant’s take on women’s fashion. Most of the articles are only 1-2 pages long. The fashion spreads are longer. There is not generally very much text in this magazine. There was one article that did not have some tie into fashion, that being an article about sexual harassment. For a teen interested in fashion and celebrities take on fashion, this is probably a very appealing choice, and one that is written in a sophisticated voice with beautiful photography.
Critical Evaluation: As I’ve stated previously, there is not a lot of text in this magazine. The main focus is really the pictures. However, if I were to take a page count of Teen Vogue, I’d wager that by that measure, the real focus is the advertisements. To a certain extent, those advertisements fit in with the fashion emphasis of this magazine, as both the fashion spreads and advertisements demonstrate the latest fashions. The photography, as the concentration of this magazine, is very well produced. In that sense, the magazine achieves its purpose to keep teens informed of fashion.
Personally, it is not the kind of magazine I would read. I did appreciate the longer, more topical articles that were also included, on the Obama sisters and sexual harassment. The writing is very sophisticated, in line with regular Vogue, which I can commend, in the sense that it gives credit to teen readers. The article on sexual harassment quoted several experts in the field and, in my opinion, had useful advice for teens who may encounter this. The article on the Obama sisters did focus on their fashions, but also alluded to what their life is like in the spotlight, and how in some ways, they are teens like any reader of the magazine.
Reader’s Annotation: Want all the fashion and sophistication of Vogue, about people your age you actually care about? Try Teen Vogue!
Information about the author: Teen Vogue is published by Conde Nast, which also publishes quite a few other magazines like Wired, New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and Conde Nast Traveler. They have won more National Magazine Awards over the past ten years than all of their competitors combined, according to their About Us page.
Amy Astley is the editor in chief of Teen Vogue. She is a founding editor of the magazine, and has been working with Conde Nast for 23 years. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1989 with a degree in English and went to work at House and Garden that same year. She now lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
Genre: Lifestyle magazine, targeting teen girls
Curriculum ties, if any: None
Booktalking Ideas: I would encourage teens interested in fashion and celebrities to read this magazine. It generally highlights teen and younger celebrities, which I’d think teens would appreciate and be able to relate to more.
Reading Level/Interest Age: This is a difficult answer to pinpoint. This definitely has materials that are better suited for older readers; however, I suspect that older teens are already reading the adult versions of magazines like this.
Challenge Issues: This is a magazine I could imagine some people disliking, but I don’t think anyone could dislike it to the point of challenging its inclusion at a library.
Why did you include this magazine?: I think this is a fairly popular magazine among teens, so I was interested to see what it contained. I also wanted to compare Teen Vogue to the alternative magazine, Justine.
Amy Astley: Editor-in-Chief (2013). Retrieved from http://www.condenast.com/brands/teen-vogue/editor