Glamour (magazine)

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A blonde woman in a light blue dress, sitting on a red motorcar
Cover of the January 2019 issue, the final print issue, featuring Amber Heard
EditorSamantha Barry
Deborah Joseph (UK)
CategoriesFashion magazine
Bimonthly (Hungary)
PublisherCondé Nast
Total circulation2,300,854 (US) (June 2013)[1]
FoundedApril 1939; 85 years ago (1939-04)
First issueApril 1939
Final issueJanuary 2019 (print)[2]
CountryUnited States

Glamour (stylized in all caps) is a multinational online women's magazine published by Condé Nast Publications and based in New York City. It was originally called Glamour of Hollywood.[3] From 1939 to 2019, Glamour was a print magazine. After a low number of subscribers Glamour's last edition was in January 2019.[4]


In August 1943, the magazine changed its name to Glamour, with the subtitle for the girl with the job.[3] The magazine was published in a larger format than most of its contemporaries at the time. Charm, a Street & Smith magazine, started in 1941,[5] later subtitled "the magazine for women who work", was folded into Glamour magazine in 1959.[6][7][8]

Glamour 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 was 986,447, making the total average paid circulation 2,397,508.[citation needed]

Glamour was the first women's magazine to feature an African-American cover girl when it included Katiti Kironde on the cover of its college issue in August 1968.[9][2]

Since 1990, the magazine has held an annual "Women of the Year" awards ceremony.[10]

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.[11]

In November 2018, Glamour announced that its print edition would cease with its January 2019 issue in order to focus on its digital presence.[12][2]

Glamour Top College Women Awards[edit]

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,[13] 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, Olympians Allison Schmitt, Julie Johnston,[14] and Nzingha Prescod, Grace Kelly, and Jean Hanff Korelitz.

Glamour Woman of the Year Awards[edit]

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.[15][16] Nujood's courage was praised by prominent attendees, including Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice.[17] The 2010 Glamour Woman of the Year was Cher and the 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year was Zendaya

Old logo used from 2018 to 2023

International editions[edit]

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 held "National Glamour Week", when it featured extra coupons and competitions. In 2016, Glamour UK launched the Glamour Beauty Festival, on a new off-page beauty event featuring demonstrations, treatments and speakers.[18]

From its launch to the final traditional issue in November 2017, the magazine was edited by Jo Elvin, with Michelle Pamment serving as acting editor briefly in 2005.[19] In June 2009, to celebrate Glamour's eighth birthday in the UK, made a gallery of every cover since its launch.[20] In October 2017, following declining sales, it was announced that publication of the monthly UK edition would end at the end of 2017, and that the UK version would be a semi-annual publication.[21][22] In November 2017, Deborah Joseph was appointed Chief Content Officer of Glamour UK.[23]

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.[citation needed]

The Russian edition was established in 2004, and is published monthly.[24]

The South African edition launched in April 2004 and is published monthly.

Glamour is also published in Germany, Spain, Mexico, Poland, Hungary, France, Russia, Sweden, Brazil, Turkey, 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[edit]

Country Circulation dates Editor-in-chief Start year End year
United States (Glamour) 1939–present Alice Thompson[25] 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
France (Glamour Paris) 1988–1995[26]
2004–2020[27] Marie Lannelongue 2004 2014
Céline Perruche 2017 2020[28]
Italy (Glamour Italia)[29] 1992–2019 Grazia d'Annunzio 1992 1994
Valeria Corbetta 1994 2003
Danda Santini 2003 2004
Paola Centomo 2004 2013
Cristina Lucchini 2013 2019[30]
Mexico/Latin America (Glamour México y Latinoamérica) 1998–present Mar Abascal 2007 2012[31]
Lucy Lara 2012 2017[32]
Valeria Pérez 2017 present[32]
United Kingdom (Glamour UK) 2001–present Jo Elvin[33] 2001 2017
Deborah Joseph[34] 2017 present
Germany (Glamour DE) 2001–present Nikolaus Albrecht 2004 2008[35]
Andrea Ketterer 2008 2020[36]
Georg Wittmann 2020 2023
Theresa Pichler 2023 present
Spain (Glamour ES)[37] 2002–present Alicia Parro[37] 2002 2019
Carmen Mañana[38] 2022 present
Poland (Glamour Polska)[39] 2003–present Anna Jurgás[40] 2009 2018
Katarzyna Dabrowska[41] 2018 present
Hungary (Glamour Hungary) 2004–present Krisztina Maróy 2004 present[42]
South Africa (Glamour South Africa)[39] 2004–present Pnina Fenster[43] 2004 2018
Asanda Sizani[44] 2018 2019
Nontando Mposo[45] 2019 present
Russia (Glamour)[46] 2004–2022 Masha Fedorova 2010 2018[47]
Ilyana Erdneeva 2018 2022[47]
Netherlands (Glamour Netherlands) 2005–2021[48] Karin Swerink 2005[48] 2012[49]
Anke de Jong
Romania (Glamour Romania)[39] 2006–present Diana Tofan 2007
Bulgaria (Glamour Bulgaria)[39] 2009–present Ani Miladenova 2009
Brazil (Glamour Brasil)[39] 2012–present Monica Salgado[50] 2012 2017
Paula Merlo[50] 2017 2018
Barbara Tavares 2024 present
Iceland (Glamour Ísland)[51] 2015–2018 Álfrún Pálsdóttir[52] 2015 2018
Turkey (Glamour Turkiye)[39] 2016–2016 Özge Sarikadilar[53] 2016 2016

Lucky magazine[edit]

In Germany and Greece Lucky, a fashion and shopping magazine was published seasonally, in tandem with Glamour. Lucky magazine was shut down in 2015.

Reference in pop culture[edit]

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[edit]


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