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This magazine is a ripoff. About 90% of the pages are glossy advertisements and there is minimal actual written content. You are paying so that the Hearst company can charge the advertisers for larger distribution. We canceled our subscription.
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'm not sure exactly who the intended audience is for this magazine but apparently it's not middle class women in their mid-20's. If I or any of my friends followed the fashion advice in this magazine, we'd be broke! If you can afford to buy $400 blouses and $600 sweaters, it might be an ok choice for you. There are tidbits here and there that I found helpful in the magazine but those were few and far between. Overall, the issues of this magazine that I received were not appealing at all.
I love fashion! Reasons why I subscribed to Marie Claire...I don't know that I would really call it a magazine as much as an overpriced catalog. I was very underwhelmed with the fashion. Then I read the articles but really I feel they to fluffy and boring. I think they have underestimated the intelligence of their readers. As of today I cancelled my subscription. I was trying to hold out hope but as I tossed each issue into the recycling bin each month I felt guilty that trees were being cut down for my lack of satisfaction.