Glamour (magazine)

Glamour is an online women's magazine published by Condé Nast Publications. Founded in 1939 and first published in April 1939 in the United States, it was originally called Glamour of Hollywood.[2]

November 2016 cover
EditorSamantha Barry
CategoriesFashion magazine
PublisherCondé Nast
Total circulation2,300,854 (US) (June 2013)[1]
Year foundedApril 1939 (1939-04)
First issueApril 1939
CountryUnited States


In August 1943, the magazine changed its name to Glamour, with the subtitle for the girl with the job.[2] The magazine is published in a larger format than many of its contemporaries. On January 8, 2018, it was announced that Samantha Barry, previously the Head of Social Media and Emerging Media at CNN, would be the new Editor-in-Chief of Glamour.[3]

It targets women 18–49 (with the median age of 33.5) and reaches a subscription audience of 1,411,061 readers in the United States. Its circulation on newsstands is 986,447, making the total average paid circulation 2,397,508.

Glamour was the first women's magazine to feature an African-American covergirl when it included Katiti Kironde on the cover of its college issue in August 1968.[4]

Since 1980, the magazine has held an annual "Women of the Year" awards ceremony.

In November 2018, Glamour announced that its print edition would cease with its January 2019 issue in order to focus on its digital presence.[5]

Glamour Top College Women Awards

Each year for the last 56 years, the magazine has been selecting a top ten list of outstanding college women across the country. Originally, the list was composed of the best dressed college juniors in America, but was changed for more substance with categories such as academic achievement, community service, and career goals as leading criteria. Hundreds of college juniors apply each year. Past winners, finalists include; Martha Stewart, Diane Sawyer, Swati Mia Saini,[6] Nancy Amanda Redd, 2003 Miss Virginia (MAO) and author of Body Drama, and Tamira A. Cole, Miss Black Kentucky USA 2009 and author of HUSH, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and novelists Curtis Sittenfeld, Kate White, Janice Kaplan, Olympian Allison Schmitt, and Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Glamour Woman of the Year Awards

Each autumn, the magazine organizes the “Glamour Woman of the Year Awards” which recognize women in the public eye.

In 2007, Lorena Ochoa won a Woman of the Year award. In 2008 the award was granted to two Yemenis: 10-year-old divorcee Nujood Ali, and the lawyer who took on her case.[7][8] Nujood's courage was praised by prominent attendees, including Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice.[9] The 2010 Glamour Woman of the Year was Cher and the 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year was Zendaya

International editions

Glamour launched in the UK in April 2001, where it pioneered the “handbag size” format, with the tagline "fits in your life as well as your handbag". Each September, the magazine holds “National Glamour Week”, when it features extra coupons and competitions. Since its launch the magazine has been edited by Jo Elvin, with Michelle Pamment serving as acting editor briefly in 2005. In June 2009, to celebrate Glamour's eighth birthday in the UK, made a gallery of every cover since launch.[10] In October 2017, it was announced that publication of the monthly UK edition is to end at the end of 2017, and that the UK version would be a semi-annual publication.[11][12] On January 8, 2018, it was announced that Samantha Barry, former head of social media and emerging media at CNN would be the new editor-in-chief of Glamour, and officially started on January 15, 2018.

The Italian edition of Glamour was launched in December 1976, under the title Lei (She), then officially renamed Glamour, like its U.S. counterpart, in 1992.

The Russian edition was established in 2004, and is published monthly.[13]

The South African edition launched in April 2004, is published monthly and, since its inception, is edited by Pnina Fenster.

Glamour is also published in Germany (2001-), Spain (2002-), Mexico, Poland (2003-), Hungary (2004-), France (2005-), Russia (2005-), Sweden (2006-), Brazil (2012-), Turkey (2016-), Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Romania and Bulgaria. There is also a third Spanish edition, published in the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America.

Editors of international editions

Country Circulation dates Editor-in-chief Start year End year
United States 1939- Alice Thompson[14] 1939 1941
Elizabeth Penrose 1941 1953
Nina Kyle 1953 1954
Kathleen Aston Casey 1954 1967
Ruth Whitney 1967 1998
Bonnie Fuller 1998 2001
Cynthia Leive 2001 2017
Samantha Barry 2018 present
South Africa 2004–present Pnina Fenster 2004 2018
Asanda Sizani 2018 present
Italy 1992–present Grazia d'Annunzio 1992 1994
Valeria Corbetta 1994 2003
Danda Santini 2003 2004
Paola Centomo 2004 2013
Cristina Lucchini 2013 present[15]
Mexico/Latin America 1998–present Mar Abascal 2007 2012[16]
Lucy Lara 2012 2017[17]
Valeria Pérez 2017 present[17]
United Kingdom 2001–present Jo Elvin 2001 2017[18]
Deborah Joseph (CCO) 2018 present
Germany 2001–present Nikolaus Albrecht 2004 2008[19]
Andrea Ketterer 2008 present[20]
Spain 2002–present Alicia Parro 2002 present
Poland 2003–present Anna Jurgaś 2003 present
Hungary 2004–present Krisztina Maróy 2004 present[21]
France 2004–present Céline Purruche 2017 present[22]
Russia 2004–present Masha Fedorova 2010 2018[23]
Ilyana Erdneeva 2018 present[23]
Netherlands 2005–present[24] Karin Swerink 2005[24] 2012[25]
Anke de Jong present
Romania 2006–present Diana Tofan present
Bulgaria 2009–present Ani Miladenova present
Brazil 2012–present Monica Salgado 2012 2017[26]
Paula Merlo 2017 present[27]
Iceland 2015–present Álfrún Pálsdóttir present
Turkey 2016–present Özge Sarıkadılar[28]

Lucky magazine

In Germany and Greece Lucky, a fashion and shopping magazine is published seasonally, in tandem with Glamour. Lucky magazine is being shut down.

Reference in pop culture

A copy of it was the magazine to which George Costanza (Jason Alexander) masturbated on the series Seinfeld, when he was caught by his mother in the season 4 episode "The Contest".

See also


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  2. Katie Heimer (April 14, 2009). "The Early Years of Glamour Magazine: Changing Constructions of Glamour, Fame and Femininity" (PDF). Katie Heimer Academic Works. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
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  4. Pous, Terri. "11 Groundbreaking Fashion Magazine Covers". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  5. Peiser, Jaclyn (November 20, 2018). "Glamour Magazine to Cease Regular Print Publication". The New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  6. Brehm, Denise (September 10, 2004), "Two MIT students make Glamour magazine's Top 10 College Women list", MIT News, retrieved April 9, 2010
  7. Walt, Vivienne (February 3, 2009), "A 10-Year-Old Divorcée Takes Paris", Time/CNN, retrieved February 16, 2010
  8. Power, Carla (August 12, 2009), "Nujood Ali & Shada Nasser win "Women of the Year Fund 2008 Glamour Award"", Yemen Times, archived from the original on April 5, 2011, retrieved February 16, 2010
  9. Evans, Sean (November 11, 2008), "10-year-old girl's inspiring story opens eyes at Glamour awards", New York Daily News, retrieved April 9, 2010
  10. "Gallery". Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  11. Ponsford, Dominic (October 9, 2017). "Closure of UK's tenth biggest selling mag Glamour is a huge blow to the power of print". Press Gazette. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  12. "As big magazines lose readers, home-made "zines" are springing up". The Economist. October 12, 2017.
  13. Jukka Pietiläinen (2008). "Media Use in Putin's Russia". Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics. 24 (3): 365–385. doi:10.1080/13523270802267906.
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  15. "25 anni di "Glamour". Cristina Lucchini racconta il suo "Glamour" -". (in Italian). March 13, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
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  18. "Glamour editor Jo Elvin steps down". BBC News. October 12, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  19. "Nikolaus Albrecht wird dauerhaft Chefredakteur von "Vanity Fair"". kress (in German). Retrieved April 25, 2018.
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  26. "Mônica Salgado deixa a Glamour | João Alberto Blog". João Alberto Blog (in Portuguese). February 14, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  27. "Paula Merlo e Alline Cury assumem o comando da Glamour - Portal dos Jornalistas". (in Portuguese). May 8, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  28. "Glamour Turkey Now Available On Newsstands". Retrieved April 25, 2018.
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