Why do many of the most famous women in sports media embody hyper-feminine molds? Big hair, lots of makeup, and short skirts does not make a sports reporter—or does it?
The inner machinations of Vogue have been a source of intrigue and fascination for many years now. But, one former editor just lifted the lid on what it's really like to work at the magazine.
Although Ginella Massa has been an on-air reporter since 2015, this week marked a significant step forward for her and for women of the Muslim faith everywhere, when she sat in as news anchor for the first time. The stint at the news desk with Toronto’s CityNews station marks a first for her — and for Canada.
Supermodel Cindy Crawford, shot by legendary fashion photographer Herb Ritts, on the July 1988 cover of Playboy. For 62 years, the men’s lifestyle publication well known for its nude centerfolds, has played with the trope, “I read Playboy for the articles.” It has published authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Chuck Palahniuk, Haruki Murakami, Ian Fleming, and yes, feminist Margaret Atwood. It was where Jimmy Carter admitted to cheating on his wife, Metallica admitted to being dysfunctional, and John Lennon granted his last interview — which was published when he was murdered. As reported by The New York Times, in 2013, Playboy made its website “suitable for work” (SFW) in order to draw attention to its quality content and to separate itself from other men’s magazines like Penthouse.
The cover of Elle Australia’s October issue. Photo: @instagram/elleaus If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to grace the cover of a magazine, you’ll want to pick up the most recent issue of Elle Australia which eschewed the usual Photoshopped celebrities and instead features a reflective, mirror-like surface. The point is that you, dear reader, are the star of the show. The clever cover lines include a hashtag, #BeTheCover, and a dek that reads, “To Celebrate Our Epic Portrait What It Means To Be a Woman…This Issue, You’re The Star.”
Photos by Jade Beall via The Militant Baker Lane Bryant recently released its lingerie campaign to much fanfare. She gathered a group of women—not models—to pose in a reinterpretation of #ImNoAngel called #EmpowerALLBodies. Along with the photo shoot, Baker wrote an open letter to Linda Heasley, Lane Bryant’s CEO, asking for more. “ I question how empowering these images can be for “all women,”” she asked. It’s a powerful message that settles into the core of those who aren’t represented.” She went on to explain that the ads “backfired” in their attempt to empower plus size women and excluded those Lane Bryant was trying to reach.
Photography by Gilles Bensimon Today marks the dawn of a new day for Maxim magazine. The lady mag had its watershed moment all throughout the ‘90s and early aughts, but was on the verge of collapse as recent as two years ago until Iranian-born business man Sardar Biglari brought it back from the brink of ruin. He eventually found his star in the former T Style Director Kate Lanphear. Lanphear had worked in the industry for over a decade, including long stints at Harper’s Bazaar and Elle — but was she really the right choice for the job?
2014 was a monumental year for women in the media—we had Beyoncé performing in front of the word “feminist” at the VMAs, Laverne Cox on the cover of Time, Shonda Rhimes’ writing complicated female characters on TV, and Emma Watson representing the #HeForShe campaign at the UN. Related: Check Out Gillette Venus’ Empowering New Campaign The Representation Project, a non-profit headed by Jennifer Siebel that uses media to expose gender injustices in society, has a new video called Demand Better Media in 2015 that summarizes the triumphs and failures of the past year.