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I've been really disappointed for a while now with the changes Marie Claire has made. While it's held onto to the "real world" stories, it's fashion content is useless. I always loved Marie Claire because it was fashion that one could actually wear in everyday life and I always found myself ripping out pages to save for outfit inspiration later. It's now become a pseudo-Elle with busy pages featuring awful expensive high fashion crap that looks tacky and no one can afford. I've been holding out for a while now hoping it would get better but I've just been disappointed again and again. It's not what it once was and after being a constant subscriber for 6+years I will finally be canceling my subscription. It's a shame.
I love fashion, so I have to keep up with my magazines. However, the last issue of Marie Claire was the bloody limit. The magazine has morphed into the classic trifecta of women's magazine articles: relationships, self-flagellation, and exposes/fear factor stories. Marie Claire ups the ante by having the hubris to declare social justice a topic (hence, this issues's three-page pictorial about rural Brazilian prostitutes). Don't forget aspirational articles about entitled multi-millionare businesswomen (look in their purses!), as well as a puzzling juxtaposition of articles about plastic surgery/eating disorders, etc. followed by an article on what 800-calorie diet is the next best thing, or the latest cosmetic surgery procedures that will change your life. Their nod to "real women" is a pictorial usually quizzing college students across the country "What is your best feature?" ...and you can hear and see how Jade from Ottumwa, Iowa, loves her freckles and perfect bicuspids. Fashion has taken a severe back seat, there are very few articles about the fashion industry or designers. The fashion pictorials are uninteresting and many are straight-from the runway shots haphazardly curated throughout the magazine. Slap a female celebrity on the cover, and you're good to go. A bubbling cauldron of self-loathing, greed, envy and aspirational desperation awaits you- dig in!
I started reading this magazine to follow Project Runway and considered giving it up when the series completed but discovered I had become somewhat addicted. I am not too much into fashion but there are always lots of helpful articles and then there are also the unexpected ones that are deep and cover unusual issues. I share my copies with the younger crowd (I'm a grandmother) and they love it.
I got this magazine as a Christmas present for my wife. I received the first issue just this week; ok, a little early for Christmas but hey! My wife really likes the magazine and is greatly enjoying it. As I have gotten seriously interested in photography I am enjoying looking at the many photographs in the magazine. It is a nice compliment to our mutual enjoyment of fashion tv programs like "Project Runway". At this time, I believe we will re-subscribe after this initial Amazon subscription runs out.
Unlike InStyle mag, Marie Claire is not created to show on the Kindle. It's basically a digital version of the magazine, not one optimized to run on the Kindle. In order to view the content, everything has to be zoomed. Wait on this until they create a version of the mag optimized to run on Android/Kindle devices.