By: Emily Y.
Whoever says young people/millennials don’t read magazines is wrong—I consume them with unending zeal and always have. Fashion magazines are why I have good style. Lifestyle and cooking magazines are a big reason for why I am able to cook. Here’s the list of magazines I read on the regular.
Elle Canada, FASHION, Flare
Ah, my holy trinity of Canadian fashion magazines. Obviously, I need these magazines for my website as part of the ongoing Covers & Content column and our yearly recaps (even a few videos!)
If I didn’t ‘need’ these magazines, I would probably still subscribe to Elle Canada and Flare—Flare has gotten really on-trend and relevant this past year especially, a must-have for young Canadian millenials I should think. Elle Canada very regularly features feminist content, which is weird for an offshoot of a major international magazine. I would not, however, subscribe to FASHION—it’s like a Canadian Vogue, and I don’t read Vogue unless someone really great is on the cover. The only thing I really like about FASHION are Elio Iannacci’s cover stories—he’s not afraid to ask deep questions and doesn’t shy away from discussing feminism with nearly every one of Fashion’s cover stars.
I got the US Bazaar subscription this year as a birthday present from one of my friends, which I’m super grateful for since it has helped with content for this website. Bazaar is especially interesting to follow because of their dogged loyalty to alleged sexual offender/“fashion” photographer Terry Richardson. I never bought this magazine for this reason alone, but again, it was a lovely, helpful gift.
I love Bitch magazine! This quarterly publication always has a cool theme for each issue (“Food”, “Red”, “Pulp”, amongst others) that you might wonder “how does this theme relate to feminism?” but it always does and its super great. Reading Bitch makes me smarter, and I love the new narratives, stories, and pieces of her story it introduces to me 4x a year. I will say though I feel like the past few issues haven’t been as strong as they usually are. I’m def not ready to throw in the towel yet though!
BUST is probably the coolest magazine I subscribe to, and it breaks my heart that they only publish 6x a year. It’s an out loud and proud feminist magazine, but has tons of cool nuggets of info and entertainment. They have super cool cover stars (Grimes! Janelle Monae! Laverne Cox! Krysten Ritter! Dolly!), and I love how frequently they feature ‘plus’ models in their fashion editorials.
I know—it’s strange that I, as a twenty-something living in a major city, subscribe to Canadian Living. But you know, I gotta say, I love all the Can-con, and their recipes are super accessible, easy, healthy, and delicious. Their fashion is even pretty good sometimes! I also like all the articles, they are timely and informative, and not stuff that I would otherwise seek out on my own (usually the health stuff). Everything is well-researched, and proudly Canadian.