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May 31, 2008

Feeling a bit morose today, and reading Vogue didn't help. I read through the April issue, and had a hard time not skipping through all the pages. Nothing was interesting, not even Jeffrey Steingarten. The only people I liked (other than Jeffrey S.) were the athletes being featured, who seemed like worthwhile people, and the two sisters designing Rodarte.

Vogue put them on a diet. Oh, Vogue talked about helping them build healthy habits, but it was hard to avoid the impression that Vogue simply found them unseemly. They went along with it gamely, reserving the right to drink wine if they wanted to, and lost 20-30 pounds apiece. I forget the time frame. There was an odd little comment from one of them at the end that she could still be herself in spite of gym visits and portion control.

When I first began reading Vogue in college, the September or Christmas issue could last me an 8-hour bus ride. I would study the ads and fashion layouts, trying to understand whether they appealed and what the secret of their appeal was. I started to infer an aesthetic. My taste developed: I began to form ideas about what I could find or make, given the constraints of my budget and nerve, and started to be praised for my style by those to whose taste it was (which certainly wasn't everybody.)

Today I read Vogue, and thought: I don't like these silly people.



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Jun. 1st, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Isn't it weird the ways in which we grow and change?
Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
I don't know if you get it where you are, but try Women's Health if you'd like a bit more realism to your fashion and lifestyle.

They still have weight loss tips and exercise lift-outs but unlike many other women's mags, they don't have super skinny models and their goals and plans are balanced and attainable.

There's very little crap amongst the prettehs, imho.

I only read it when it gets left in the tea room at work, but so far it hasn't overtly disappointed me. Maybe it's a bit light on the fashion for you ... not sure :)
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