Teen Vogue magazine. Conde Nast Publications. 2-year subscription for $10.
Description and Evaluation: A teen version of the adult Vogue fashion magazine, Teen Vogue offers tips on makeup and fashion, teen celebrity interviews, and features on books and film. Looking at the February and March 2012 issues, there are articles on cute male teens in entertainment (Darren Criss), stories about the younger Kardashian sisters, and advice on how to wear accessories, makeup, and clothes. They find a way to combine celebrities with fashion and makeup, as in the story in the March issue in which hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj gives the beauty editor a makeover. There are also social issues stories, such as one on fashion envy (in the March 2012 issue) and another, in the February issue, called “Digital Drama: Is it Ruining Your Life?” – these articles tackle real-life issues in a light way, but buried within are some good tips on how to deal with awkward social situations. The magazine will appeal to fashion-minded teens, and it will give them a sense of the current designers in fashion, but it also offers them interviews with other teens in television, film and music. It is buried a bit, but it does squeeze in some books coverage (with celebrities endorsing certain books), which might help in making reading books look like a cooler pastime for teen fashionistas.
Reader’s Annotation: Teen Vogue is a magazine about fashion, boys, makeup, arts and entertainment, with some helpful advice on how to get over awkward or annoying social situations.
Curriculum Ties: N/A
Booktalking Ideas: N/A
Reading Level/Interest Age: 12+
Challenge Issues: Parents might object to the consumerist mindset of the magazine. Point out the more serious.
Why Included: There are many teens who are interested in fashion and this might be a good way to get them reading. I like that they talk up books and give celebrity endorsements of good reads.