>> The 2011 results are in: Sarah Jessica Parker, Heidi Klum, and Jennifer Aniston regularly and reliably pulled in the top sales at the newsstand, and Mila Kunis was the year's breakout cover star with some of the best-selling issues across titles. While the biggest-drawing names may not come as a surprise, here's what does: the inconsistent ability of some stars to bring in sales — Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and Emma Stone all had some of the best and worst performing covers of the year. Click through to see who else had cover hits and misses in 2011, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations and Rapid Report.
A new study finds that women over 40 are rarely used in editorial and advertising images, even in magazine like Vogue with one-fifth of its readership being women over 50. While this in and of itself may not seem like a big deal, the question is what's the trickle-down effect?
It's easy to focus on how superskinny models negatively influence young women's body images, but stats show that older women may be affected by this unrealistic body ideal as well. Whether the cover models and actresses are young — or old but airbrushed to look 20 years younger — this underrepresentation of realistic, middle-aged women could be contributing to this age group having eating disorders, says the author of this latest study. For example, research from 2001 found one percent of middle-aged women have bulimia compared to 0.9 percent of women ages 18 to 25. I think it's time that magazines geared toward older women should match their cover models to their demographic. What do you think?
Click through to see some examples of over-40 cover models who show they can rock the glossies as well as, or even better than, the young 'uns.
This admittedly gorgeous white Dolce & Gabbana dress has graced the covers of French Vogue, German Vogue, and Vogue Spain. That makes it the unofficial best dress of the Spring 2011 season, and we'll be seeing versions of it in stores everywhere soon. Take a close look at the covers, and tell us: do you like that everyone is of the same mind, or does it bother you that three major fashion mags chose the same dress?
It's the sound heard around the world — the weight of September issues dropping everywhere. They're hefty for good reason, loaded with change-of-season fashion, so get excited. Of course, before we flip through, it's the cover shot that demands our attention. Celebs and supermodels take the coveted spots on everything from Vogue to Lucky, but Gisele's take on the cover of Bazaar UK is mesmerizing; black and white, lace, layered jewels, and a piercingly perfect stare draw us in. Click through to see who else landed the hot spots.
There has been a lot of talk over Faith Hill's appearance on the cover of Redbook recently due to some serious photoshop work that was done to her picture.
I never really understood it all until I stumbled onto Jezebel.com and saw the before and after pictures (above).
To me, it is upsetting that a beautiful woman like Faith Hill is not portrayed accurately. The woman in the first picture is gorgeous and real, the woman in the second picture is flawless and unreal. Women are led to believe such false images of what it means to be a sexy woman due to the very unnatural portrayals we see in the media everyday. What do you think about all this? Are photoshopped images of women something we should just deal with or is it something you would like to see come to an end? Speak up and share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Just for fun (and because we know a lot of our readers have a thing for the 80s!), we thought we might take a quick trip down fashion's memory lane. Remember when Paulina and Cindy graced the covers of fashion magazines twenty years ago? Welcome back to 1986...