Every budding journalist has something which inspired them – or still inspires them – to go into journalism. For me, it was magazines. Specifically, Glamour magazine.
When I was little I was a magazine-hoard. I used to buy the latest issue of Girl Talk, Sneak, Sabrina’s Secrets and (blushes) S Club 7 magazine. All of these magazines I used to read cover-to-cover, and unlike most girls who simply threw them away, I kept mine in chronological order (I’m a bit of an OCD freak) in colourful folders under my bed.
When I started to hit my teens, I soon moved on from girlie-children’s magazines onto ‘teen’ magazines such as Bliss, Sugar, Shout, Teen Vogue and Cosmo Girl. I was fascinated by their features, pictures, oh – and the freebies! I then moved onto sticking the covers onto my wall like the picture above.
It was these children’s and teen magazines which paved way for my aspiration to work at Glamour magazine.
My First Issue
I first purchased Glamour magazine in July 2009, which featured blonde-bombshell, Fearne Cotton on the cover. From then-on-in, every month, hit-and-miss, I religiously bought this magazine and started to rip out features and pictures to put on my wall or stick into my scrapbook.
I wanted to write my own features, conduct interviews and discover the latest fashion-buys. I wanted to write for Glamour.
A History of Glamour
The UK version of Glamour magazine launched in April 2001 with Kate Winslet gracing the cover. This first issue was not only a major milestone for the Glamour team, and their publishers; Condé Nast publications, but Glamour magazine pioneered the popular ‘handbag-sized’ format. This new format was the answer to the prayers of thousands of women who wanted to carry a magazine in their small designer handbags.
The magazine then set up the prestigious, yearly event: the Glamour Women of the Year awards. An awards event where role-models in the arts/music industry are given awards for their aspirational place in society. One Glamour Women of the Year award event which took the media by storm was the infamous 2010 James Corden-Patrick Stewart spat. This provided Glamour magazine with even more publicity for the event, even if they did not expect two actors to swap insults on stage.
Not only that, but the age of the editor Jo Elvin, who was 30-years-old at the time of Glamour’s launch, suggests to all budding magazine-journalists that you don’t have to be an Anna Wintour, who was nearly 40 when she grasped the reins of American Vogue, to be an editor of a highly regarded magazine.
Jo Elvin is also one of my idols, and I would love the chance to work with her. Jo has even been the editor of one of my all-time favourite teen magazines; Sugar. At what age you ask? Well, she was only 23 when she got the top-job! That in itself is something to aspire to.
Working at Glamour magazine, as an editor, whether that may be of fashion or features, would be a dream come true. As cliché as it sounds, and no matter how many The Devil Wears Prada and The September Issue movies I watch, nothing will put me off my goal.
Imagine, in three years from now, I could be the editor of one of the best-selling teen magazines in Britain. Well, we can all dream….[GLAMOUR COVER IMAGES ARE FROM: Glamourmagazine.co.uk]