I’ve been disappointed by the few issues of Glamour I’ve picked up in the past (with Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Obama and Victoria Beckham on their covers), mainly due to the culture divide between Australia and America, which I didn’t think was all that big until I compared some US glossies (Cosmopolitan, in particular) with their Aussie counterparts.
But with Lauren Conrad’s California girl allure beckoning to me from the rack, I just couldn’t resist picking up the May issue of Glamour, and I’m glad I did.
It just so happens to be a best friend celebration, with The Hills alumni Lo Bosworth and Whitney Port tagging along for the ride.
The best friends issue opens with cute staffer stories of how they met their best friends (p. 36), followed by real life celeb besties (“Yep, They Really Are Best Buds”, p. 60), and rounds out with Lauren et al and “Secrets of Friends Who’ve Been Through it All” (p. 232), including Keri Hilson and Bones girls Emily Deschanel and Michaela Conlin.
And what if your boy’s your best friend? There’s plenty of man-related content, my favourites being “He Thinks You’re Hot. Don’t Argue!”—’nuff said—on page 154, and a guy on the street vox-pop of sorts, “25 Things That Keep Him Hooked and Happy” (p. 242).
In other Glamour news, there’s more Glee girl goodness (p. 226), and “Behind the Scenes with Lauren Conrad” (p. 42) is pretty, just because.
I would like to commend Glamour for finally catching on to what Australian mags have been espousing for years in “Your Skin This Summer: What’s Normal, What’s Not” (p. 139). It’s a step in the right direction to getting America’s Jersey Shore-loving population (a show whose characters’ motto is GTL—gym, tan, laundry—and one of which has a tanning bed in his home) to wake up to the dangers of unprotected and prolonged sun exposure.
This issue proved my prior judgements of Glamour wrong, and with lots of health advice and sex titbits, alongside articles Australian women can relate to, like the abovementioned sun protection deposition, Glamour is becoming very Australian Cosmo-esque.
Well worth a look.