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17-04-2005
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I completely agree with Zimdor's comments. Let's face it, Vogue is and always has been a mainstream fashion magazine catering to the fashion-challenged masses of America. Is it realistic that Vogue will change its conservative ways? Maybe we should be begging magazines like ID to do an American edition.

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Dont Put Sienna On The Cover.

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... how to improve/revamp vogue us?

well, first, america is going to have to change.

vogue us isn't just doing all this just because they simply want to. this magazine is not only a fashion magazine, but a business. though some must thing otherwise, it seems to me that vogue is also looking out for the $$$. a good thing or not, who knows.

celebrities are not featured on the magazines just because vogue feels like it. celebrities sell, especially in america, where there is a celebrity obsessed community.

if vogue is still selling with america in its current state, anna wintour will not seek to change it.

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First American Vouge needs more creativity,
Fashion should be inovative and fresh; I luv Vouge to death but it is sorta stale. I'm young and don't remember any other Vouge but I hope it was better than now.
More color and elegance as well.
They need some new blood to stir up the pot and provoke people. But keep Andre everyone else can go.

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How about we start with actual articles on fashion. If I wanted to read about Sienna Miller I would buy Us or People. It would be different if celeb's now days had style but very few actually do and it certainly isn't the ones on the cover of Vogue. Vogue has been getting considerably worse, but I was really driven over the edge with Jennifer Aniston on the cover. I actually don't mind all the ads b/c you learn more about fashion from the ads than from their editorials. I definitely don't think it would kill Vogue to push the envelope at least a little. Even Vanity Fair is more provocative than US Vogue. Even though VF use celebs (after all that is an enterainment magazine -- not a fashion magazine) they generate a lot of press with their covers. Vanity Fair even had a fashion designer on the cover (Tom Ford), a lot more than I can say for Vogue (even though Tom is very popular). I haven't heard a press release about a Vogue article in Lord knows how long. Asthetically it also needs a makeover - cleaner, more elegant covers with models (even Gemma was on the cover of Teen Vogue a couple of months back and although Vogue uses her constantly in shoots she hasn't been on the cover in a very long time). Even baby steps would be great. Even if the model or designer on the cover was a more popular one, it would be at least be fashion related. The New York Times style magazines are a lot more innovative than Vogue, which is insane considering that Vogue is a regular, monthly fashion magazine; whereas, the NYT style magazine for women's fashions comes twice a year.
I pretty much agree with all the other suggestions. As a side note, this thread was featured on Flypaper.com http://flypaper.bluefly.com/ with the title "Making a Better Magazine."

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Tell Anna Wintour How To Improve/revamp Vogue America!
Retire.


In all seriousness...
It's honestly gotten to the point the only reason I care about my US Vogue subscription is for the ads. The content is boring, the eds are unspired. It's page after page of monotony - month after month.

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She needs to retire! Then,and only then,will the magazine be open to improvement!!!!!!!!!

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The reason that there are so many celebs on the covers is becasue thats why she was hired. The people at Conde Nast wanted Vogue to be more like elle.. but that was a long time ago... i think she needs to move on from that....


Oh yeah... and no more crap "Special Advertising Sections", I dont want to see 20 page JC Penny Ads.

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I thinks she should feature CLASSY people and more mature stars. Not Sienna who gets wasted all the time, not any of the hip-hop industry, and no teen stars like Keira Knightley. People like Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore. No Lindsay, no Rachel Zoe!

And I really don't want to see Melania Trump strutting around 7 months pregnant in a gold bikini looking like a hooker.

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I've collected Vogue magazine for the last 25+ years and what I miss most are the incredible head shot covers (of models), with vibrant colors and lots of teeth and smiles that were predominant in the 80's. Models like Kim Alexis, Renee Simonsen and Paulina (just to name a few). Boy, do I miss those days. Glad I saved them so I can go back and look at them are remember the good ol' days.

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And I really don't want to see Melania Trump strutting around 7 months pregnant in a gold bikini looking like a hooker.
me too! what relevance does Mrs Trump have to fashion? why does she have to be on the cover..or in fact on any page of Vogue? whats she done? marry Mr Money?
Coming from India, i used to think us VOGUE was the mack daddy of all fashion magazines. But after comiing to this forum, i MUCH prefer British Vogue.

Ways to improve US vogue? Basically same as above comments - more models, no social divas or commentary
I would even go further and say no to the food critic Jeffrey whatever's column...
Maybe a "catwalk report" every few months featuring only pictures of catwalk shows like British vogue does in February and August.

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... how to improve/revamp vogue us?

well, first, america is going to have to change.

vogue us isn't just doing all this just because they simply want to. this magazine is not only a fashion magazine, but a business. though some must thing otherwise, it seems to me that vogue is also looking out for the $$$. a good thing or not, who knows.

celebrities are not featured on the magazines just because vogue feels like it. celebrities sell, especially in america, where there is a celebrity obsessed community.

if vogue is still selling with america in its current state, anna wintour will not seek to change it.
I strongly agree. There's a very capitalist reason to it. US Vogue is just catering to the America and what America wants.

Europe is more liberal, hence more sexuality in the European Vogue mags. I think there's a certain law in the US regarding "graphic" content in media and publications. I know for one that American magazines don't spell out the word "****" in their articles, while British magazines do so quite liberally.

I also wish that models would be featured on the cover...they only did that with Liya and the full-spread of top models in the industry (Daria, Natalia, Gisele, Isabelli, Gemma, Hana, etc.)
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Other than that, well, since everyone's pointed out more or less everything that has to be changed in US Vogue, I also noticed that they do not give acknowledgment to models the way British Vogue does. In the US Vogue editorials you may see a model appearing regularly, yet not be able to know her name unless you research elsewhere. It's only when they're really big time (i.e. Daria, KK, Liya, etc) that their names are mentioned in editorials.

Whereas in British Vogue, they state it right at the first page of the editorial that "Model Jessica Stam wears this season's..." or "In this issue fine prints and...with Lily Cole", et al.

I do not know if there is a policy regarding that (mentioning the model's names), but my sister reckons that it's when Anna Wintor likes the model (or the model is able to suck up to her) that she will get much exposure in the US Vogue. What do you think?

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Vogue needs to be seriously invigorated with someone who has all the qualifications for the job and the bravado to tell them that their previous issues have been terrible

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1.Put more models on the cover
2.Don't publish wal-mart ads (atleast not those 13 pages ones!)
3.Use wider range of models, more black/asian too!

blahblah.

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