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Vogue vs. Teen Vogue: Which is the Better Magazine?
Life&Style writer Natalie Welch debates whether Teen Vogue tops Vogue on being the better magazine
While Vogue falls under harsh criticism after the Karlie Kloss March “yellow face” March 2017 cover, Teen Vogue has been getting continuous praised for its “woke” content and coverage of the political events in America. Just this past week journalistic powerhouse The Guardian, and a plethora of people on the internet, have been applauded the teen magazine for its well written, researched and relevant pieces. Currently on the Teen Vogue website, the #1 Trending article is about Obama returning to politics, the second about a transgender child protesting against Transphobia in America – not forgetting their “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America” piece that was everywhere on social media since it was published. If you do the same for Vogue you’ll be met with fashion articles, and the odd, mediocre article that has something to do with current affairs. Teen Vogue seems to have mastered the balance of the lifestyle articles that you would expect and these well thought-out, inspiring pieces that Vogue hasn’t quite got at the moment. Teen Vogue is the publication that I’d want my twelve-year-old sister to read and grow up with.
Although, I don’t think it is time to cancel any Vogue subscriptions just yet. Vogue is good at what it does. Vogue is a fashion magazine, we expect haut couture and runways on every page. Fashion is synonymous with Vogue. Who on earth would go to Vogue for political coverage? As you get older you learn where to go for what information. I’d go to Vogue for a fashion week fill, Cosmo for some lifestyle tips then maybe the BBC, The Independent or The Guardian for my political news. Whilst we can criticise Vogue for a lot of things, I don’t think their lack coverage of current affairs is one of them.
“Whilst we can criticise Vogue for a lot of things, I don’t think their lack coverage of current affairs is one of them
We can’t deny that Teen Vogue are doing a great job, but let us not underestimate the power of young people. They are growing up fast, faster than most of us grew up. The reason an article like “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America” or a personal essay by Hillary Clinton was approved is because Teen Vogue knew their audience would enjoy it. People are evolving quicker politically. Being political is so in right now and Teen Vogue are covering it for their audience. The most surprising things about the coverage in Teen Vogue is how well-written and thorough they are for a teen mag; it isn’t surprising that Teen Vogue want to cover stories like them.
“The responsibility of a Teen magazine should be to provide a holistic reading experience
Both publications are influential, yet one is having a better influence than the other. From reading Teen Vogue I would feel empowered, from reading Vogue I would feel inadequate. Vogue doesn’t need a four-page article on how fashion can battle Trump, it just needs a little more inclusive and fair content.