I think Vogue is the kind of magazine reserved for the snooty (elite) and rich (will ride the economy tide OK) people. So, you read Vogue, well…too bad. I don’t. I read Archies and Calvin and Hobbes for your information, so, let’s not stand on ceremony over that one. But have you not noticed that Vogue is utterly so…..written for….vogue people? Duh!
The Malaysian or most Asian versions are probably not like that but recently, I took notice of some magazine covers (for creative purposes) and realize how snooty this magazine really is. I can count the number of times I’ve purchased this magazine on one hand and can’t remember a single article that jumped out at me and asked me to devour it. I remember more about Jughead.
All they focus on is a bunch of products that most people can’t afford now. And instead of giving us good articles to read or ideas with pictures, they interview the elite, celebrities and ask them what their future plans are, the names of their babies and projects they have in the pipeline….blah blah blah. If I wanted that, I can get much more from Galaxie for RM1.50 (or something like that).
And then they have the ‘how to get this look yourself’ and introduce products and makeup so expensive it would make your husband’s credit card go into seizure! This blouse is from blahblahblah with $x,xxx.xx price tag, Amber Optic colored lipstick from blahblachblhac for $xxx.xx, nifty little toe-revealer open-toe highheels from blahblahblah for $x,xxx.00……etc.
It’s all about the money with these magazines, really and it’s no wonder magazines are LOSING OUT BIG TIME to blogs. What the hell happened to plain ole dissemination of information? Whoever pays the bills get the front page and of course, every article found in them is peppered with suggestions like…Beyonce pads her butt with so-so-called underwear (like she needs them), this is fictitious, of course, LAWRD knows….Beyonce does NOT need anymore padding to her butt.
Bloggers are accused, sometimes, for writing unfounded facts and rattling off on issues they have no right to discuss? Well, some are true but you know what? As a reader, I would rather read blog posts that are based on personal opinion than driven by a piece of cheque. The neutrality of the information found in the magazine should come under question then, don’t you think?
I don’t mean to offend anyone who is in the print industry here but my main focus is my findings in the International version of Vogue. If you’re a magazine editor or journalist, you may want to take this OPINION into consideration?