Caroline the Future Librarian

Caroline Davis | LIBR 265-10 | SJSU | Wrenn-Estes

Teen Vogue

Title: Teen Vogue
Editor-in-Chief: Amy Astley
Company: Condé Nast Publications

Summary: Are you a young fashionista?  Then Teen Vogue is the magazine for you!  Created as a spinoff of fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue that was aimed at a younger audience, Teen Vogue features lush and artistic photo spreads – as well as information on celebrities and current events.  The issue that I reviewed, May 2010 (pictured), featured Karlie Kloss on the cover, a rising star in the modeling world that had appeared in a Teen Vogue photo shoot only two years ago and is already making a name for herself.  This seems to be consistent theme with Teen Vogue, to promote someone in the industry when they are first starting out – for instance, an article profiled 24-year-old artist Danny Roberts, who is making a name for himself by sketching models and fashion industry insiders, which has lead to a collaboration with singer Gwen Stefani.  In addition to the fashion content, there was an article on the dangers of marijuana.

Critical Evaluation: Teen Vogue just feels different – at 6.75 by 9 inches, the publication is smaller than the average magazine.  This wasn’t the only unique feature – there were several notable details that I think set it apart from other glossy fare.  For starters, it seems to really value the team that puts the magazine together – a section called “Contributers” highlights a few employees and describes their position, as well as asks them an interview question.  In this question, they were asked what they individually do to reduce their carbon footprint – which brings me to the next point: Although primarily a fashion and celebrity magazine, Teen Vogue seems to make an effort to feature current events and hot issues.  In this issue, there was a heartbreaking interview with a teenage girl from Haiti, talking about her experience of the damaging earthquake.  They even managed to incorporate this into their fashion content – one of their fashion bloggers wrote an article on eco-friendly beauty products.

Reader’s Annotation: Teen Vogue is the magazine of choice for the young fashionista, featuring sumptuous fashion photography and interviews with models, as well as tracking celebrity style.

Editor-in-Chief Information: Amy Astley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Michigan State University.  She joined the staff of Vogue in 1993 and worked as the Beauty Director before being named by Anna Wintour (Vogue’s editor-in-chief) to head the launch of Teen Vogue in 2003.

Astley currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Genre: Fashion

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Discussion Ideas:
1) Do you like having extra content available online?
2) Does Teen Vogue do a good job covering world issues and current events?
3) What was your favorite article in this issue?  Was there anything you didn’t like?

Interest Age: 14 and older

Challenge Issues: None.

Challenge Defense Ideas:

• Become familiar with the magazine and its content.

• Refer to the collection development policy of the library, if none, see here to develop one right away.

• Try to get reviews of the magazine from teens who read it.

Selection: I wanted to include a teen magazine that a library might maintain a subscription for a young adult materials collection.


Teen Vogue Official website and MySpace.


May 14, 2010 - Posted by | Magazine |

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