Back in the days before computers were really important, I sent actual photographs and a letter to Playboy. They liked me enough to send me a real letter on real Playboy letterhead paper asking me for more photos. I thought this was kind of cool. So I sent them some more photos, and they wrote me back a very kind rejection letter saying that I’d be kept on file for future consideration. I never heard from them again. Then I became completely distracted pursuing things that didn’t involve me being nude in magazines and forgot all about it.
Until I heard about most recent Playboy’s Casting Call being held in New York City. More
First of all, there’s a Fifty Shades of Grey magazine. How? Where did it come from? It just appeared in our office, as if by magic. I like to think it found us. And it contains articles by sex surrogates and therapists and Mormons talking about why Fifty Shades of Grey is so popular. Interesting! It also contains sex tips which are not what you’d expect… More
The wonderful blog English Russia recently scanned in some photos from the Soviet era teen magazine “Sverstnitsa,” which the blog translates to “peer girl.” They’re all taken from issues that came out in 1989, and constitute a wonderful snapshot of how Soviet teens used to dress when they wanted to look fancy. Try as they might, those mean communist leaders could not keep out the influence of the west, as you can see from the girls’ New Wave haircuts, stone washed denim, and shiny, shiny everything. I also appreciate their pin-up poses. More
It is, pretty surprisingly, not Fabio. More
Women’s magazines: dedicated to the notion that all you need to be happy is a bubble bath.
Despite the backlash women’s magazines have received on photoshopping and whittling away the waistlines, arms and thighs of their models to unrealistic proportions, these covers continue to grace our checkout lines (and hopefully not our mailboxes if you’re like me and canceled any such subscriptions). On top of portraying women as flawless with Barbie-fied bodies, these photoshopped and airbrushed photos continue to make women and girls feel badly about themselves–even though we know they are not real. More
In which we attend a Maxim open casting call and people get naked. …Not us. More
Once in a while, I come across an editorial in a small, under-the-radar magazine that makes me incredibly happy. Such is the case with this new set of photos from German fashion magazine FELD 1oo, which just put out its second ever issue this week. There’s no crazy lighting or pyrotechnics, just solid photography and styling, and a beautiful model to boot. Not much info can be found online about Carine aside from her page on the m4 models site, but judging from that, she’s already got quite a few cool editorials under her belt, and I would very much like to see more of her in the glossy fashion mags. More
For its landmark 90th anniversary issue, storied French fashion mag L’Officiel decided to put someone quite a bit younger than that on its cover. It’s crazy how iconic this image feels when we were just introduced to this kid a few years ago, no? More
I’ll give you a hint: she’s a sassy, brassy ginger. More
It even has an article encouraging teenage girls to be nice to each other! What a concept. More
Your favorite old-timey, printed on paper lady-mag, that is. Obviously TheGloss is your favorite online lady-mag, and that says that you have impeccable taste and love dinosaurs. Here’s what the first magazine you grab in the drugstore says about you: More
This is why we can’t have nice things. More
U.S. Vogue creative director Grace Coddington has been beautiful for longer than you’ve been alive. This is a fact. Even after she left modeling to pursue a career in media, cameras just loved to look at her. For a few years, one of those cameras belonged to her (now ex) husband Willie Christie, and his talented eye certainly did her justice. An upcoming by-appointment-only art show of Christie’s work at London’s Ivy Club features photos he took of her over 35 years ago that are just now seeing the light of day for the first time(!) Here are a few of them; check out Vogue‘s website to see the rest. More