Top Fashion Magazines

Fashion is a global lifestyle that is the study of cultural ideas and images involving clothing, footwear, hairstyles, etc. Since the first fashion magazine by Harper’s Bazaar was published in 1867, people have been addicted to the craze. Each day there are new beautiful and captivating styles that are being discovered so it is important to keep up with the latest trends. Media outlets such as magazines has helped with keeping us up to date. Check out the top fashion magazines.


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Allure was discovered in 1991 by Linda Wells and it is focused on women’s beauty. It is popular for its annual “Best of Beauty Awards,” given in October. The awards began in the 90’s and features the best skin care products to buy.


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Pierre Lazareff started this magazine in France during the year of 1945. It focuses on beauty, health and entertainment. The name “Elle,” means “She,” or “Her,” in French. The magazine wasn’t released in the U.S. until 1988 and other countries soon followed. Elle was the first magazine to feature an openly transgender woman on the cover.


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Founded in 1939, Glamour (formally known as Glamour of Hollywood) is a women’s magazine that primarily targets women ages 18-49. In 1968, it became the first magazine to feature an African-American cover girl. It is popular for hosting its annual “Women of the Year,” awards ceremony.


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GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly)

GQ was founded in 1931 and mainly focuses on metrosexuality and the casual style of men’s fashion. The New York based magazine was originally called “Apparel Arts,” until the name changed in 1957.  Although it is a men’s magazine, these days, it is geared towards a younger audience.


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Harper’s Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar was the first fashion magazine to be published. It started out a weekly newspaper for middle and upper class women in 1867 and then became a magazine in 1901. Today, it has a huge staff of professional writers, photographers and designers to keep their readers informed and intrigued.


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In Style

Since 1994, In Style magazine has been providing readers with information on the latest beauty fashion and celebrity lifestyles. The U.S. based magazine distributes in 16 countries and in 2017, it launched a partnership with In Style China which featured former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham on the cover. It is the first magazine to ban advertisements that use photos of fur.


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Vanity Fair

Conde Nast first published this magazine from 1913 to 1936 under the name Dress and Vanity Fair.  It was then restored in 1983 and has been dedicated to displaying the latest fashion in popular culture for more than one million readers. Vanity Fair is famous for its raunchy images and celebrity portraits. 


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Vogue began its journey as a weekly newspaper in 1892 before becoming a magazine. The focus of this magazine ranges from beauty, culture, lifestyle and runway fashion. The name is French for “Style.” It has been named the world’s most influential fashion magazine with 11 millions readers in the U.S. and 12.5 million international. 


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Another publication by Conde Nast, this magazine was created in 1972 and has since had nearly a million readers with 80% being women. The W mostly has articles about fashion and celebrity homes but there are times when it features controversal stories such as Steven Meisel’s “Asexual Revolution,” about the depiction of male and female gender bending styles.  





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