Thursday, June 11, 2015

Getting Down To Business

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Teen Vogue has been one of my favorite magazines for a long time and I don't think there will ever be a time when I don't appreciate the content the Teen Vogue team publishes ever month. Being a (relatively) long-time reader, I've witnessed several changes in each print issue. Some where obvious like removing monthly horoscopes, taking out the monthly shopping guides, adding more "insider" celebrity features like the My World flat-lays, and introducing more and more career-centric advice like the Ask An Editor. Some where a little more subtle like the transition from calling members of the staff bloggers to editors (i.e. "beauty blogger" "entertainment blogger" "fashion blogger" to "beauty editor" "entertainment editor" and "fashion editor"), the dismissal of In This Issue, and the renaming of recurring features so that they now include alliterations with each editor's name.

However, the most notable change to Teen Vogue and teenvogue.com is the shift in "hot button" articles and culturally relevant content. My sister and I once joked that all of Teen Vogue's 'serious' articles were about over-tanning, marijuana, and obesity. Now every day there's a new political piece about what it's like to be a transgender teen, why going to college right out of high school might not be the best option for you, the importance of the topics covered in Pres. Obama's state of the union address, or why racism/police brutality is an issue for ALL races. The editors and contributors at Teen Vogue are obviously taking their teenage readers more seriously. Unlike many other teen glossies, they have always kept a level of intelligence in each issue by favoring informative industry articles and artistic interviews over boy crazy tips and painfully basic fashion news. Thankfully, now they're taking it even further and getting down to the serious business of the world without omitting the original content we already love. With the magazine's more serious yet fashionably lighthearted new direction its appeal now spans beyond its namesake "teen" audience. College students and young adults will undoubtedly find the new and improved Teen Vogue just as great as any teen so get a 2 year subscription now for just $10.

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