Glamour (magazine)

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Glamour Magazine November 2016.jpg
November 2016 cover
Editor Samantha Barry
CategoriesFashion magazine
Publisher Condé Nast
Total circulation2,300,854 (US) (June 2013) [1]
Year foundedApril 1939;81 years ago (1939-04)
First issueApril 1939
CountryUnited States
ISSN 0017-0747

Glamour is an online women's magazine published by Condé Nast Publications. Founded in 1939 and first published in April 1939 in the United States, it was originally called Glamour of Hollywood. [2]



In August 1943, the magazine changed its name to Glamour, with the subtitle for the girl with the job. [2] The magazine was published in a larger format than many of its contemporaries.

It targets women 18–49 (with the median age of 33.5) and reaches a subscription audience of 1,411,061 readers in the United States. Its circulation on newsstands was 986,447, making the total average paid circulation 2,397,508.[ citation needed ]

Glamour was the first women's magazine to feature an African-American cover girl when it included Katiti Kironde on the cover of its college issue in August 1968. [3]

Since 1990, the magazine has held an annual "Women of the Year" awards ceremony. [4]

On January 8, 2018, it was announced that Samantha Barry, previously the Head of Social Media and Emerging Media at CNN, would be the new Editor-in-Chief of Glamour. [5]

In November 2018, Glamour announced that its print edition would cease with its January 2019 issue in order to focus on its digital presence. [6]

Glamour Top College Women Awards

Each year for the last 56 years, the magazine has been selecting a top ten list of outstanding college women across the country. Originally, the list was composed of the best dressed college juniors in America, but was changed for more substance with categories such as academic achievement, community service, and career goals as leading criteria. Hundreds of college juniors apply each year. Past winners, finalists include; Martha Stewart, Diane Sawyer, Swati Mia Saini, [7] Nancy Amanda Redd, 2003 Miss Virginia (MAO) and author of Body Drama, and Tamira A. Cole, Miss Black Kentucky USA 2009 and author of HUSH, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and novelists Curtis Sittenfeld, Kate White, Janice Kaplan, Olympian Allison Schmitt, and Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Glamour Woman of the Year Awards

Each autumn, the magazine organizes the “Glamour Woman of the Year Awards” which recognize women in the public eye.

In 2007, Lorena Ochoa won a Woman of the Year award. In 2008 the award was granted to two Yemenis: 10-year-old divorcee Nujood Ali, and the lawyer who took on her case. [8] [9] Nujood's courage was praised by prominent attendees, including Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. [10] The 2010 Glamour Woman of the Year was Cher and the 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year was Zendaya

International editions

Glamour launched in the UK in April 2001, where it pioneered the “handbag size” format, with the tagline "fits in your life as well as your handbag". Each September, the magazine held “National Glamour Week”, when it featured extra coupons and competitions. In 2016, Glamour UK launched the Glamour Beauty Festival, on a new off-page beauty event featuring demonstrations, treatments and speakers. [11]

From its launch to the final traditional issue in November 2017, the magazine was edited by Jo Elvin, with Michelle Pamment serving as acting editor briefly in 2005. [12] In June 2009, to celebrate Glamour's eighth birthday in the UK, made a gallery of every cover since its launch. [13] In October 2017, following declining sales, it was announced that publication of the monthly UK edition would end at the end of 2017, and that the UK version would be a semi-annual publication. [14] [15] In November 2017, Deborah Joseph was appointed Chief Content Officer of Glamour UK. [16]

The Italian edition of Glamour was launched in December 1976, under the title Lei (She), then officially renamed Glamour, like its U.S. counterpart, in 1992.[ citation needed ]

The Russian edition was established in 2004, and is published monthly. [17]

The South African edition launched in April 2004, is published monthly and, since its inception, is edited by Pnina Fenster.

Glamour is also published in Germany (2001-), Spain (2002-), Mexico, Poland (2003-), Hungary (2004-), France (2005-), Russia (2005-), Sweden (2006-), Brazil (2012-), Turkey (2016-), Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Romania and Bulgaria. There is also a third Spanish edition, published in the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America.

Editors of international editions

CountryCirculation datesEditor-in-chiefStart yearEnd year
United States1939-Alice Thompson [18] 19391941
Elizabeth Penrose19411953
Nina Kyle19531954
Kathleen Aston Casey19541967
Ruth Whitney19671998
Bonnie Fuller 19982001
Cynthia Leive 20012017
Samantha Barry2018present
South Africa2004–presentPnina Fenster20042018
Asanda Sizani20182019
Nontando Mposo2020present
Italy1992–presentGrazia d'Annunzio19921994
Valeria Corbetta19942003
Danda Santini20032004
Paola Centomo20042013
Cristina Lucchini2013present [19]
Mexico/Latin America1998–presentMar Abascal20072012 [20]
Lucy Lara20122017 [21]
Valeria Pérez2017present [21]
United Kingdom2001–presentJo Elvin20012017 [22]
Deborah Joseph (CCO)2018present
Germany2001–presentNikolaus Albrecht20042008 [23]
Andrea Ketterer2008present [24]
Spain2002–presentAlicia Parro2002present
Poland2003–presentAnna Jurgaś2003present
Hungary2004–presentKrisztina Maróy2004present [25]
France2004–presentCéline Purruche2017present [26]
Russia2004–presentMasha Fedorova20102018 [27]
Ilyana Erdneeva2018present [27]
Netherlands2005–present [28] Karin Swerink2005 [28] 2012 [29]
Anke de Jongpresent
Romania2006–presentDiana Tofanpresent
Bulgaria2009–presentAni Miladenovapresent
Brazil2012–presentMonica Salgado20122017 [30]
Paula Merlo2017present [31]
Iceland2015–presentÁlfrún Pálsdóttirpresent
Turkey2016–presentÖzge Sarıkadılar [32]

Lucky magazine

In Germany and Greece Lucky , a fashion and shopping magazine is published seasonally, in tandem with Glamour. Lucky magazine is being shut down.

Reference in pop culture

A copy of it was the magazine to which George Costanza (Jason Alexander) masturbated on the series Seinfeld , when he was caught by his mother in the season 4 episode "The Contest".

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