Magazine Styles

Great and not-so-great Magazines

Magazines, much like books, provide a vast range of topics and genres although these are usually in condensed articles within their pages. There is not much fencing, or rules, around what they are allowed to write in magazines today! Depending on the genre, they even include interactive material such as quizzes or games to give insights to different aspects of one’s life. There’s also many regional magazines, or even those just for certain cities to give information on upcoming events or services that are provided in the area.

Top Magazin Genres

Some of the genres most mentioned or sought after are fitness/health, fashion and lifestyle magazines. These genres have many known magazine labels, such as Self, Vogue, Shape, and Cosmopolitan. There are also respective women’s health and men’s health magazines, or even one’s for landscaping or do-it-yourself projects.

Fashionable or Unfashionable Magazine?

To start with the lifestyle and fashion magazines, it’s important to note that they often intermingle and are represented both in one magazine at times. This is true for ones like Cosmopolitan, which gives information on lifestyle trends, beauty and relationship/sex advice or education. It’s also targeted towards women even though men can also gain knowledge from it’s pages. It can even range even toward political articles and celebrity news. Though, they are generally known for the relationship and sex articles, something that is not so commonly discussed in other magazines noted. And, many magazines like this can be seen as just for gossip or superficial purposes but in reality many of them give women insightful information that they might not have looked for on their own. This includes informative articles on different health recommendations and nutrition. Another magazine close to this is Self, which focuses on fitness, food, health and a little bit of love too. This ranges from talking about healthy snacks, gym equipment for at-home workouts to education on PrEP and IUD’s. They do not do as much sensationalized articles, like celebrity gossip, but tend to keep the focus on healthier lifestyles and tips for love and beauty.

Gossip Magazines

On the other hand, Vogue features a focus on celebrity news, culture, lifestyle, beauty and fashion runways. They do have many articles that focus on different cultures, in respects to fashion and lifestyle. Though, they are a premiere magazine when looking into the fashion trends and the direction it is going in through time. Vogue gives information on the upcoming runways, such as what is available to wear, what the essentials of the season will be, etc. for those interested and wanting to keep up with it throughout the year. Another great magazine with it’s own focus is Shape, made specifically for fitness, dieting and weight loss. This magazine puts out articles to help women specifically in nutrition and diet planning, such as meal prep or routines for weight loss or toning, and the individual fitness regimens. It doesn’t try to put women down for how they look, and instead actually posts a lot about body empowerment and appreciating where a person is currently at and where their potential is. All of the magazines listed above have a benefit and if looking for specific genres, it’d be great to check them out.

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Top Women’s Magazines

A welcome escape from the internet

Now more than ever women need spaces just for women where there is no judgment for what they like, do, or want. A common issue many women find out in public or even on the internet is that they are judged for what they wear, what they don’t wear… what they eat, what they don’t eat… what selfies they take, what selfies they don’t take… choices in men (or women), music, lifestyle—anything! Where a woman goes, judgment follows. That is why many top magazines are geared towards women specifically and cover all of the avenues that make women women.

Cosmopolitan

A prominent and often controversial top magazine is Cosmopolitan. It is known far and wide for its articles and quizzes about women’s sexuality—giving advice, tips, or even reassurance that it is okay for women to have these thoughts and healthy sex lives. This top magazine also focuses on celebrity news and interviews and has articles about fashion—whether it’s showing off the latest trends or giving advice to the women interested in the industry.

People

People magazine is another top magazine that many women are subscribers and readers of. Its main focus is on the lives, fashion, and stories of celebrities. Some articles talk about the fashion worn by female celebrities at red carpet events, while other articles talk about the personal lives or relationship statuses of the various stars. People magazine is also famous for its feature of the “Sexiest Man Alive!” where the magazine chooses a male celebrity and dubs them the sexiest man of the year. People is such a top magazine and this feature is so popular that many of the men who receive this title often comment on it in outside interviews.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair is a long-running top magazine that delves into the topics of celebrities, fashion, news, and daily life. The magazine is known for its sometimes-controversial photo spreads or articles about tough, real life issues. Many women, and even men, read the magazine for its in-depth celebrity interviews that often make headline news, depending on the topic. Its writers also cover politics and world issues, making it an informative magazine as well one of entertainment.

Daily life mags top the lists

Women’s magazines are not always full of celebrity gossip, fashion shoots, or tips on handling men, however. Many of the top magazines bought by women are cooking, home decor, and daily life magazines such as Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, First for Women, and magazines by the cooking and home-life gurus Martha Stewart and Paula Deen, to name a few. These magazines specialize in giving tips for anything to do with projects around the house, in the kitchen, or one’s health and wellness.

Women come in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, and interests. That is why there are so many top magazines that cover all the ranges of female expression. Whether a woman’s interest is in cooking, the latest fashion trends, the “Who’s dating who?” gossip mill, or world politics, there is a magazine out there for all of them.

Most popular mags for teens in 2017

Always on top of whats trending

Teenagers are no strangers to fashion, social trends, or the newest tips and tricks to help them out with daily teen living. It makes sense then that there would be magazines made just for the budding youth of society with their own specific problems and perspectives. What is important to a teenager is often not at the top of most adults’ priority lists, which is why it is good that these spaces exist for teenagers to feel like they are understood and accepted. In recent years, some of the magazines geared towards teens have started writing serious articles about the state of American society (good and bad), ways to deal with serious issue topics, and even politics.

Teen Vogue

One of the forerunners in teen magazines that also provides thought-provoking articles and information is Teen Vogue. The Vogue offshoot has more recently made a name for itself because of its high-quality writing and relevant articles to the current social and political climates in the United States. Teenagers (mainly teen girls) are being exposed to concepts and ideas to help them learn to think critically about the world. It is more than a fashion magazine, though it still has many pages dedicated to the trendiest styles amongst young people today. And the magazine does have its fair share of more light-hearted articles, usually about prom, fun social trends, celebrities, dating, and more.

Seventeen

Seventeen is another top magazine that is popular amongst teenage girls. Most of its content is in a fun-loving format that can easily be consumed by young women. The articles and pages in this top magazine tend to revolve around the dating scene, celebrities, Q&A’s about teen girl and women’s issues, and fun activity pages where girls can fill out quizzes to see fun results about their personalities, likes, or even the type of celebrity Prince Charming they could have. At the back of the magazine is a horoscope section, which is a very popular topic for teenage girls, and it always provides a little prediction blurb about their upcoming fortune, life problem areas, and even love life.

Boy’s Life

Not all teen magazines are for girls, though. A top teen magazine called Boy’s Life is the official magazine of the Boy Scouts. It is aimed towards young boys all the way up to age 18. The magazine has many articles about things relevant to the life of a boy scout, but it also includes information that the general teen boy can relate to. Sometimes there are articles about health and fitness, fun quizzes, and even comics. Teen Ink is also a magazine that isn’t girls-only, as it is written and produced for and by teenagers in a tabloid style of writing. It is known for having a large poetry section in each of its magazines.

It is safe to say that for as long as magazines—digital and print—stick around, there will always be a spot for the ones geared towards youth culture. That is why so many are top magazines and known names in many households.

The Hottest News Magazines Today

so many options- so overwhelming!

How  to choose the news mag for YOU

Let’s face it—this is an exciting time to be alive in the world, especially for news outlets. Anytime the political atmosphere in any country creates a lot of hoopla, it is the media’s time to shine. Threat of war? The news has it covered. Political scandal? The news has it covered. An update from the pope? The news has it covered! Many people across the globe turn to their local, national, and international news outlets for the latest information affecting their fellow mankind. Though a lot of media is consumed through televisions and smartphone screens, there is still a big following of print media, such as newspapers and magazines. People may say that print media is a dying breed, but the following top news magazines prove that there is still a place for paper media, even as they start to transition to online sources and websites.

Most popular news magazines

Time magazine is one of the top news magazines in circulation today. Many Americans rely on this magazine as their source of the top stories in all areas of the news. Time magazine also has a section where it consolidates all of the top news events that happened during the week. There is a section called ‘Verbatim’ that lists some of the most impactful quotes said by figures of interest in the news that week as well. Time also has a feature it does called “Person of the Year,” which showcases an iconic news figure who has been in the news spotlight over the year for whatever reason (usually “good” reasons, but that is not always the case). Many people find it an honor to be chosen for this feature, showing that Time is still a top dog in the area of news magazines.

Another top news magazine is The New Yorker. The New Yorker is well known for its longevity (its first issue was published in 1925) and its iconic, illustrated covers and cartoons. It is also known for its commentary on a wide variety of issues, many of them being current news events. Though it is seen as a magazine of American culture, it definitely has a spot on the list of top news magazines based on the quality of the articles written on various news topics.

People magazine, despite being a top entertainment magazine, is also known for its news articles. It covers the biggest news stories affecting the United States (such as hurricane disasters, mass shootings, and other national issues) and also lesser news topics such as celebrity news. It is mainly a magazine for checking up on the news related to famous stars, singers, and other types of celebrities, but it does sometimes cover other areas of the news if the topic is big enough.

It is still possible to find top news magazines in print circulation, even in this age of technology. Many of these news sources are starting to appear online as well, but nothing beats reading the biggest news articles in the form of a print magazine.

Mags to help you shape up

Hot topics these days

Weight loss and health are topics that will always be important to the general public. Nobody can turn on a television or go on the internet or sometimes even have a conversation without being bombarded with ads or information about how to slim down, bulk up with muscle, or turn to “clean” eating. The United States is the most diet-obsessed country in the world with the widest range of sizes and health-consciousness amongst its population. Whether its following the latest dieting trend, trying to choose which gym to become a member of, becoming obsessed with workout clothes, or scouting for organic food stores, it’s all being talked about—all the time. One media source that is constantly providing information on all of these things is magazines.

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Many top magazines, regardless of whether or not they focus on health and weight loss, tend to include sections or advertisements that have something to do with fitness, dieting, or clean eating. Celebrities in tabloid magazines are interviewed on how they stay in shape, lost weight, gained or lost muscle for a film role—you name it, they’ve been asked it. Top fashion magazines have pages upon pages filled with models of a similar shape and size and fitness level—lean, toned, “camera-ready.” Some of these magazines even share the fitness regimens and meal plans of these models for those interested in trying to copy the lifestyle. Even teen magazines will showcase various young celebrities promoting healthy living and body positivity. If you pick up a magazine, chances are you are going to see something related to any of these things.

Trending now

With time come different trends. Magazines from ten years ago would have articles about obtaining a beach body through the Atkins diet or any other high-protein, low fat/carb meal plan. Nowadays, all the rage is on high fats (from healthy sources), such as the very popular Keto diet that many Americans are trying their luck with. Carbs also have a better rap, as long as they are from a natural, whole grain source.

health culture NOW

Yoga, once a practice only done by “hippies” is now a widespread phenomenon that many people, especially women, have taken a liking to. It has become so famous and a part of the current fitness culture that the clothing worn to yoga sessions is now a staple in general fashion. Top magazines showing celebrity fashion or current fashion trends have pages of women in yoga pants and leggings, whether they’re engaging in the activity or not. Gym culture has also taken off, with more people now signing up to sweat and also putting a dent in their wallets trying to look the part. Women who work out are definitely aware of the “gym chic”, and magazines showcase these decked out gals sporting must-have gym clothing sets.

There has never been a better time for top magazines in regards to the boom in fitness and health food culture. Just open up any magazine around you and see for yourself.

Sex Sells- A Playboy Analysis

One of the top magazines of the world

Whether you agree with the content or hate that it exists, Playboy magazine is one of the top magazines in the world and one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Founded by the late Hugh Hefner in 1953, and marketed as a men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine, the issues feature various elements of interest to men (though more recent years have seen a push towards a more neutral gender stance in its writing, especially on their website). The biggest feature of this top magazine is its nude and semi-nude photographs of female models known as Playmates. Once a month a ‘Playmate of the Month’ is chosen, and once a year the ‘Playmate of the Year’ title is given out. In the past, it was Hugh Hefner himself that chose the PMOY, but with his passing a new way of selection will have to be chosen.

Not only models!

Besides its models, Playboy has also featured quality articles, short stories, and even sections for comics (though comics are no longer used in current issues). The magazine became a platform for many famous writers and cartoonists. Some of the most notable writers include Vladamir Nabokov, Chuck Palahniuk and Haruki Murakami. The issues also include interviews with many notable celebrities, from film stars to music composers and politicians. The articles written tend to have a more liberal slant, though the people interviewed and many consumers of Playboy tend to be more conservative, making this top magazine an interesting blend of personalities and ideologies.

Playboy began with a centerfold of Marilyn Monroe, and from then on its success was nearly assured as more and more credibility and stardom came its way. Another big name associated with Playboy is Ray Bradbury, whose novel Fahrenheit 451 was serialized after its publishing in 1953 through the top magazine’s March, April, and May 1954 issues. Pamela Anderson’s claim to fame was through Playboy, and her following television and celebrity successes can be attributed to having been a top Playmate and Playmate of the Month in February 1990.

Working to stay relevant

As time passes, trends change, and technology improves, the top magazine has continued to work to keep its readership and relevancy. Competition from other magazines such as Penthouse have forced Playboy to include more culturally relevant stars to interview, such as Hip Hop idols, in an attempt to keep its ages 18-35 male readership appeal. In 2016, as a response to the widespread availability of adult content online, Playboy magazine decided to end its nude spreads and make full nude content only available at its Playboy premium website after a subscription was bought. However, this change did not last long, and the magazine reverted back to its fully naked splendor in its March/April 2017 issue, and has continued to provide nudity in its issues ever since.

When talking about top magazines, there is no doubt that Playboy will always have a place in history as one of the biggest and most well-known out there. It just reaffirms the old adage that, for the male consumer, “sex sells.”