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Another R.I.P: Vibe Magazine Folds

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Photo from Concrete Loop, Obama Magazine

As many people know, Vibe magazine, which was launched by Quincy Jones in 1993, shut down immediately on Tuesday.  There was a statement from Vibe Editor-in-Cheif Danyel Smith that was released  about the closing of the magazine:

On behalf the VIBE CONTENT staff (the best in this business), it is with great sadness, and with heads held high, that we leave the building today. We were assigning and editing a Michael Jackson tribute issue when we got the news. It’s a tragic week in overall, but as the doors of VIBE Media Group close, on the eve of the magazine’s sixteenth anniversary, it’s a sad day for music, for hip hop in particular, and for the millions of readers and users who have loved and who continue to love the VIBE brand. We thank you, we have served you with joy, pride and excellence, and we will miss you.

Danyel Smith
the former Chief Content Officer VIBE Media Group
& Editor in Chief, VIBE

And  this article by the New York times explains the history and the prominence of Vibe magazine over the years.

I’ll admit that I haven’t picked up an issue of Vibe magazine in a long time myself.  I found other sources for my urban music and gossip fixes online. However,  when I was younger, Vibe was definitely on my list of “must buy” magazines every month, and I was always anxious to read about what was going on in the urban music/gossip/fashion world.

As I got older, I started looking at other sources for my urban media fix and my interest in Vibe waned  I read a couple of issues of Vibe Vixen during its short tenure, but I wasn’t surprised when it folded.  I was used to magazines targeted towards  young, professional women of color such as Honey and Suede.

However, I never thought Vibe would fold.  I’d heard about the shortened hours of their staff and other cutbacks.   But I thought they’d stay around or worst case scenario, publish online only.

Now, as the New York Times also points out, the only large circulation magazines to represent the Hip-Hop  and R&B culture are The Source and XXL.   However, they didn’t have the same cross-over appeal as Vibe.

I think the gap that Vibe magazine will be leaving is huge for the artists, publishing industry and staff.  It is definitely a sign of changing times for print publishing.   Whether Quincy Jones buys the magazine back and puts the magazine online or not, the the state of the print magazine industry continues in its downward spiral with this latest casualty.

Giveaway: Free 1 Year Subscription to Marie Claire Magazine

Marie Claire is one of my favorite women’s magazines to read.  A good balance of fashion, beauty and and some very in interesting and well-written articles to boot.  So I’m excited about this giveaway.  In honor of the season finale of Running In Heels,  the Shop It To Me blog is giving away 5 free one-year subscriptions to Marie Claire magazine.   It’s simple, all you have to do is go to the Shop It To Me blog, and comment on what you consider to be the greatest office fashion faux-pas.   And for all of us that work in office settings, I know that we can think of more than a few.  So be sure to go here and comment for a free subscription.   The winner is announced on May 1st. 

Real beauty doesn’t require makeup or Photoshop according to French Elle

I know, I know, another magazine post, but I had to write about this one.  I was actually gearing up to write another beauty post about beauty and pampering products I’ve been into lately, when I saw a link to an article posted on Twitter from Yahoo’s Shine Fashion and Beauty Blog about French Elle’s May 2009 “No Makeup” issue.

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Images from Shine at Yahoo

That’s right, Eva Herzigova, Monica Bellucci, Sophie Marceau, Charlotte Rampling appear in French Elle with no makeup or Photoshopping.   It’s shot by Peter Lindbergh and the women are already completely gorgeous as is, but I still say it’s a refreshing view from the insanely airbrushed covers on US stands.

And to quote, Shine’s author, Jennifer Romolini, it’s once again a sign that the European mags have taken steps leaps and bounds ahead of their US counterparts:

And, honestly, French Elle’s April ’09 issue is not the first time our women’s mags have been out-classed by the Europeans. Last year–in protest of the serious lack of diversity on catwalks, ads and in women’s magazines–Italian Vogue published an all-black issue featuring models of color from around the world. It sold out in days.

Amen.  Let’s also not forget Paris Vogue’s cover with a Black male dressed in woman’s clothes and he was working a full beard.

But I digress.   Would women be open to seeing  beauty represented at face value without all of the tricks and manipulation?  Or is the escapism and fantasy that we may feel when we look at a dolled up model/actress what we want to see, because hey, it is Elle/Vogue/Bazaar, ya know.

Modelizer: US Vogue May 09 Cover

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Photo from Gawker

So it seems the cover of the  Vogue May issue traditionally  features models has been revealed.  Liya Kebede, Natalia Vodianova, Anna Maria Jagodzinska. Isabeli Fontana, Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Raquel Zimmerman, Caroline Trentini, and Natasha Poly are the chosen ones to grace the cover.  To tell the truth, I’m not surprised by the choices.

Well, I actually thought maybe Sessilee Lopez might sneak in.  Also, I thought Chanel Iman might be included since she has been something of an “It” model for a couple of years now, but she is in the issue in an editorial with her boyfriend:

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Photo from The Fashion Spot

However, I am glad that Jourdan Dunn, a rising newcomer, did have a spot on the cover.  With the influx of new models,  I never really keep up and I do care more about the clothes than the models, in general.  However, Jourdan Dunn is the one model that I always look for in shows and editorials because the girl always works it.  I believe she has a long and successful career ahead of her.  Don’t believe me?  Check out this vid:


Mag Hag: CS Magazine

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Chicago Social magazine is a part of the Modern Luxury magazine group and I can usually find it throughout the city for free in various locations.  It’s not a magazine that I keep an eye out for, but I grab it when I think to do so.  Well I was looking through last month’s issue, and I found this editorial titled “Hollywood and Divine”.  I love the look of the model they used and the editorial that harks back to the 50’s-60’s glamor.   No comment on the blond wig, though.  Either way, I thought I would share some of the images:

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Freida Pinto: Vogue India Cover Girl

freidapintoRight on the heels eight Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire, the lovely Freida Pinto graces the cover of Vogue India.   Clothing by Louis Vuitton, makeup is by Gucci Westman.   However, I think the scene stealer is the beautiful necklace she has on.   Hopefully I can get my hand on a copy.   Also, below is another picture from the editorial.

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Both images from The Fashion Spot.

Vogue Covergirl: Michelle Obama

Photo from msnbc.msn.com

Photo from msnbc.msn.com

I heard the rumors about Michelle Obama appearing on the cover of Vogue magazine, but I didn’t pay much attention to them.   As stated in my previous post, I haven’t really read an entire issue of American Vogue magazine  in ages, and I’ve found other alternatives and I’ve gotten fashion fixes in places such as  Style.com, various forums and blogs.

However, I was pleasantly surprised at michelle Obama’s cover for this March.  I didn’t think Jennifer Hudson’s Vogue cover was done well at all, and she was the last woman of color to grace the cover of the magazine in March 2007.  The magenta Jason Wu (yes, the same designer of her Inagural gown) dress compliments her skin tone nicely and her expression is soft and she looks relaxed.

Needless to say, I will be picking up this issue as I’m excited to see what’s in store.   Not saying that I’m going back with Vogue all the way, but we might be able to take baby steps.  Small baby steps.