Fashion magazines hold a special place in my heart. I’ve never seen one until I was about 14; Western magazines were a rarity in Russia, not to mention quite expensive. A friend of a friend happened to have a whole stack of Cosmopolitans — about five or six! Some issues were as ancient as half a year old, but it didn’t matter; they were a collector’s item and borrowed frequently by friends. It was something that girls shared between each other and bonded over. What struck me about Cosmo is that it was nothing like my mother’s Burda Moden – which catered to sewing and filled with boring patterns. Instead, it was young and discussed issues girls wanted to know about, not to mentioned featured a glamorous female on the pink-tinted cover! I was in heaven! Getting lost in the world of beauty, clothes, and makeup was a newfound escape and made me feel like anything was possible.
First thing I did when I moved to the US was get me a Cosmo. I must have read that September 1998 issue a thousand times. It was heavy on purples — yes, clothes and accessories, but eyeshadows and lipsticks is what I remember the most. They were all a greyish-purple hue. One article featured a list of up-and-coming models: Amy Lemons, Audrey Marnay, the Texan girl whose name I can’t remember right now… I gasped when I saw the face of Gisele Bundchen for the first time — she stuck out!
15 years later, I’m still into it as ever. Having a magazine to read means that I’m in a good place in my life; it’s a small luxury I can afford. In my new apartment, I carved out a space especially for reading magazines — a small, comfy bench with cushions and an old trunk used as a table. I’m not so big on Cosmo any more, but do enjoy a good Vogue, especially the French or Italian variety (they seem to be more about the art and less commercial). When a package arrives at my door, a big smile comes over my face and I feel glee fill my brain — in anticipation to leaf through the glossy, perfume-scented pages and get lost in the world so different from our own.
Deerlings: Do you enjoy fashion magazines? What are your favorites?