Teen Vogue

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Teen Vogue
Nat Wolff and Charli XCX, Teen Vogue June-July 2015.jpg
Nat Wolff and Charli XCX on the cover of the June/July 2015 issue
Editor Elaine Welteroth
Categories Teen magazine
Frequency Quarterly
Publisher Condé Nast
Total circulation
(2011)
1,045,813[1]
First issue January 2003
Final issue December 2017
Company Advance Publications
Country United States
Language English
Website www.teenvogue.com
ISSN 1540-2215

Teen Vogue is a US magazine launched in 2003 as a sister publication to Vogue, targeted at teenage girls. Like Vogue, it includes stories about fashion and celebrities,[2] since 2015, following a steep decline in sales, the magazine cut back on its print distribution in favor of online content, which has grown significantly. The magazine has also expanded its focus from fashion and beauty to include politics and current affairs.[3][4][5][6] In November 2017, it was announced Teen Vogue would cease its print edition and continue as an online-only publication as part of a new round of cost cuts.

History[edit]

Teen Vogue was established in 2003 as a spinoff of Vogue[7] and led by former Vogue beauty director Amy Astley under the guidance of Anna Wintour[8] with Gina Sanders as founding publisher.[7] The magazine is published in a smaller 6¾"x9" format to afford it more visibility on shelves and some flexibility getting into a digest size slot at checkout stands.[9] Teen Vogue's original price was $1.50 (USD)--"about as much as a Chap Stick" media critic David Carr noted--and about half the price of contemporaneous magazines aimed at a similar demographic, like Seventeen and YM.[7] At launch, founding editor-in-chief Astley said that topically, Teen Vogue would focus on doing "what we do well, which is fashion, beauty and style."[7] Teen Vogue was the first teen-focused addition to the Condé Naste portfolio, previously focused on adult audiences.[7] The publication began with four test issues, then published six issues in 2003 and ten in 2004.[7]

2016-2017 leadership and format changes[edit]

In May 2016, Elaine Welteroth was appointed as editor, replacing Astley when she departed to become editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest.[10] Welteroth's appointment at 29 saw her become the youngest editor in Condé Nast's history, and the second African-American,[5] her appointment came as part of a new leadership team in which she would work closely with digital editorial director Phillip Picardi and creative director Marie Suter.[4][11]

Teen Vogue suffered from the same sales decline that hit all teen fashion magazines in the new millennium.[citation needed] Its single-copy sales dropped 50 percent in the first six months of 2016.[12][13] Beginning with the December/January 2017 issue, Teen Vogue began publishing quarterly, cutting back from ten issues per year to four issues per year,[14] the first quarterly issue focused on "young love."[12]

On April 29, 2017, Elaine Welteroth was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue,[15][16] on November 2nd, 2017 it was announced Teen Vogue would cease its print edition and continue as an online-only publication as part of a new round of cost cuts.

Online growth[edit]

Since 2016, Teen Vogue has seen substantial growth in traffic to its website; in January 2017, the magazine's website had 7.9 million US visitors compared with 2.9 million the previous January.[17] This has been attributed to leadership of digital editorial director Picardi, who joined the team in April 2015,[18][19] as well as the interest of the whole leadership team--with Suter and Welteroth--in broadening the topics covered,[20][21] the group has led the magazine's shift to increase its focus on social issues and politics causing a [22][23][24] corresponding growth in web traffic. The politics section has surpassed entertainment as the site's most-read section.[19]

Content[edit]

Fashion[edit]

Teen Vogue's initial content focused on fashion, aimed at a teen audience; in The New York Times, Jazmine Hughes described this iteration in contrast to contemporaneous teen magazines as less "'finding a prom date' and more 'finding a prom color palette.'"[25]

Politics[edit]

In December 2016, the magazine published an opinion article by Lauren Duca, the magazine’s weekend editor, entitled "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America."[26] Within weeks, the essay had been viewed 1.2 million times, and on NPR's All Things Considered, David Folkenflik described the essay as signaling a shift in the magazine's emphasis toward more political and social engagement.[27] According to The New York Times, many media observers were "surprised to see a magazine for teenagers making such a strong political statement,"[28] although Folkenflik acknowledged he drew criticism for expressing this surprise and at Slate, Mark Joseph Stern argued the essay was consistent with the magazine's record, since the appointment of Welteroth and Picardi, as a "teen glossy with seriously good political coverage and legal analysis, an outlet for teenagers who—shockingly!—are able to think about fashion and current events simultaneously."[29] At The Atlantic, Sophie Gilbert similarly noted, "The pivot in editorial strategy has drawn praise on social media, with some writers commenting that Teen Vogue is doing a better job of covering important stories in 2016 than legacy news publications."[30]

Sexuality[edit]

Sexuality has also been a topic in Teen Vogue's expanded focus, on July 7, 2017, the magazine published a column titled, "Anal Sex: What You Need to Know" which author Gigi Engle described as "anal 101, for teens, beginners and all inquisitive folk."[31][32] The column drew criticism from some parents for what they viewed as content inappropriate to the target audience of teenage girls;[33][34] in The Independent, J J Barnes also criticized the column as "bizarre" for focusing on male reproductive anatomy rather than female.[35] Teen Vogue's digital editorial director Phillip Picardi defended the column, saying that backlash was "rooted in homophobia."[36]

Controversy[edit]

On November 21, 2017 Teen Vogue writer Emily Lindin stated on Twitter "Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations. Sorry. If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay."[37]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clifford, Stephanie (October 11, 2008). "Hearst to Close CosmoGirl, But Its Web Site Survives". The New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ Granatstein, Lisa (June 10, 2002). "CN, Teen Vogue Go Steady". MediaWeek. p. 8. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Barr, Jeremy (November 7, 2016). "Teen Vogue Cuts Frequency to Four Issues a Year". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  4. ^ a b Sherman, Lauren (4 August 2016). "Inside the New Teen Vogue". Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Parkinson, Hannah Jane (12 December 2016). "Who will take on Donald Trump? Teen Vogue". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Browning, Laura (2 December 2016). "A user's guide to Teen Vogue, which is quietly doing very good journalism". Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Carr, David (2003-01-13). "MEDIA; Coming Late, Fashionably, Teen Vogue Joins a Crowd". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-23. 
  8. ^ Gilbert, Sophie. "Teen Vogue's Political Coverage Isn't Surprising". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  9. ^ Teen Vogue. April 2010. 
  10. ^ Wilson, Julee (19 May 2016). "Elaine Welteroth Named new Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, And we all Rejoice". Essence. 
  11. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (2016-05-19). "Teen Vogue's Amy Astley Appointed Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest". WWD. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  12. ^ a b "Teen Vogue Cuts Frequency to Four Issues a Year". 
  13. ^ "Teen Vogue cuts circulation, focuses on digital". November 7, 2016. 
  14. ^ Hyland, Véronique (7 November 2016). "Teen Vogue Will Now Only Publish 4 Issues a Year". Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  15. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (2017-04-27). "Teen Vogue Makes it Official, Appoints Elaine Welteroth Editor in Chief". WWD. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  16. ^ "Teen Vogue Names Elaine Welteroth Editor-in-Chief, Safilo Appoints Board Chairman and More.." The Business of Fashion. 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2017-04-27. 
  17. ^ Fernandez, Chantal (2017-03-03). "Teen Vogue Digital Editorial Director Phillip Picardi to Also Oversee Allure Digital". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  18. ^ Sherman, Lauren (2016-08-04). "Inside the New Teen Vogue". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  19. ^ a b "Check out Phillip Picardi, one of Fast Company's Most Creative People 2017". Fast Company. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  20. ^ Mosendz, Polly (2016-12-19). "How Teen Vogue Won the Internet by Mixing Trump With Makeup Tips". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  21. ^ Warrington, Ruby (25 February 2017). "Inside Teen Vogue: 'Our readers consider themselves activists'". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  22. ^ Roy, Nilanjana (January 24, 2017). "How Teen Vogue got political". Financial Times. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  23. ^ North, Anna (2016-12-19). "The Teen's Guide to the Trump Presidency". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  24. ^ Chayka, Kyle (2017-02-13). "Condé Nast Takes Aim At Trump". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2017-02-22. 
  25. ^ Hughes, Jazmine (2017-08-31). "Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue's Refashionista". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-08. 
  26. ^ Mettler, Katie (12 Dec 2016). "In 'scorched-earth' op-ed, a Teen Vogue writer says Trump is 'gaslighting America'". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  27. ^ Folkenflick, David (December 23, 2016). "Trump Essay Signals Shift In Approach For 'Teen Vogue'". All Things Considered. NPR. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  28. ^ North, Anna (19 Dec 2016). "The Teen's Guide to the Trump Presidency'". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  29. ^ Stern, Mark Joseph (December 12, 2016). "Teen Vogue's Fiery Trump Takedown Shouldn't Be a Surprise. Teen Vogue Rocks". Slate. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  30. ^ Gilbert, Sophie (December 12, 2016). "Teen Vogue's Political Coverage Isn't Surprising". The Atlantic. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  31. ^ Engle, Gigi. "Everything You Need to Know About Anal Sex". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  32. ^ "Teen Vogue's "Guide to Anal Sex" spawns backlash". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  33. ^ "'These editors' brains are in the gutter'". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  34. ^ Starnes, Todd (2017-07-18). "Parents outraged over Teen Vogue anal sex how-to column (but magazine still defends it)". Fox News. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  35. ^ "Teen Vogue's bizarre anal sex article shows women are still being defined in relation to men". The Independent. 2017-07-09. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  36. ^ Amanda Woods (2017-07-21). "Parents are freaking out over Teen Vogue's anal sex guide". New York Post. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  37. ^ "Teen Vogue Columnist Claims She's 'Not Concerned' If Men Are Falsely Accused Of Sexual Harassment". November 22, 2017. 

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