How I Would Change Magazines (If I Could)

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! It’s so nice to meet all of you on the fabulous Fit Bottomed Girls site—I am a big fan of them myself. The name of my blog is “Brooklyn Fit Chick,” which you can find here, but feel free to call me Margo. How do you do?

One of my favorite things to write about on BFC (which focuses on fitness and health with a fun dose of pop culture thrown in) are the plentiful magazines that wind up in my mailbox each month. How many do I get each month? Well, take a look at the picture below that shows how many came in after I went away on a three-day vacation.

Anyhoo, I do love magazine so, but after reading, reviewing and recapping so many of them since I started my blog, I am eager to speak my mind on a few things that bug the living daylights out of me. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Today I am giving you (drum roll, please) “How I would change magazines today (if I could!).”

3 Things That Magazines Need to Stop Doing

1. Stop the “Bathing Suit Bodies” issues. Seriously, do the editors of OK!, Life & Style, The Star and National Enquirer think their audience is filled with fat-hating snobs who look like supermodels on the beach? Why do they continually show pictures of celebrities in varying types of bathing suits and point out their flaws? It’s revolting and unkind. The truth is—except for the people who smoke cigars and/or blast their boom boxes—all of us belong on the beach and can wear anything we want whilst enjoying the sun and sand. Stop being “body-shaming” creeps, tabloids!

2. Stop reporting about celebrities “Getting their bodies back after babies.” You can set your watch by it. About three to four months after a celebrity gives birth, they will land on the cover of a major magazine wearing a bikini with the caption “How She Got Her Body Back!” Nowadays famous females are expected to get back into their old body size (or even smaller!) in record time or will face the wrath of the tabloids. Can we all please give these women a little bit of a break here and let them enjoy all aspects of new motherhood without accentuating the change it may or may not have on their bodies permanently? Sheesh!

3. Stop pretending nubile actresses have those hot bodies in spite of a diet of beer and greasy fast food! This is more for the men’s magazines, but isn’t it so strange how those size-zero starlets posing in their skimpiest underwear on the cover all seem to possess the metabolism of a humming bird? I mean every single one of them. If you read GQ, Esquire or Maxim each month (like I do), you would be under the impression that Scarlett, Mila and Cameron can chug a beer in one hand and take down a Fat Burger with the other without a second thought about calories or fat content. The fact is—most of those lovely ladies of the big and small screen work very, very hard to be camera (and underwear) ready at all times. They watch what they eat, work out early and often, and cannot wait until they can take on more character-oriented roles and have just a little more fun. Sorry to burst your bubble, fellas!

That’s all I have for you this time. Hit me up and let me know what you love and loathe about the magazines you see out there. And thanks for taking the time to listen to my rant. I feel so much better—how about you? —Margo Donohue

Margo Donohue (AKA Brooklyn Fit Chick) is a health and fitness blogger, group fitness instructor, NASM-certified personal trainer and all-around “fitness freak.” She blogs several times per week on topics dealing with health and wellness, media coverage of health news, DVD reviews and fitness happenings around her beloved New York City. In her downtime she enjoys flipping through a stack of magazines on her couch with Bravo TV in the background. Her dream is to be a guest on Watch What Happens Live.

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  1. Kelsey says:

    Great article, Margo, I couldn’t agree more! I’m an avid magazine reader myself and I HATE – HATE! – how each season magazines talk about celebs who get their bodies back so easily (just diet and exercise, they say, but sure…), celebs who eat like a dude (yeah, that’s a lie, stop pretending, please), and how to get a flat tummy for beach season (it will not, in fact, happeen with your 6 spectacular ab moves, but I appreciate the tactic). I think you hit the nail on the head and I would love to see those things change… will they ever? Let’s be honest, probably not. Checking out your blog now!

  2. Man Bicep says:

    Really great article! When will realistic images of women be portrayed in magazines? I was actually just complaining about this exact same thing the other day!

    In 1968, Vogue was the first English publication to publish an article with the term cellulite in it. What was the purpose of this? To help create a market to sell fad diets and “women specific” workout equipment. By telling women there is something wrong with even the most perfect bodies, it keeps all women seeking a quick fix to the problems they see in their own.

    I really love this post! It is just so spot on!

  3. Margo says:

    Thanks so much for the positive feedback! I never heard about the “Cellulite” intorduction to magazines but man the very word makes me crazy. Hope you check out my Blog in the future! Today I have more recaps of magazines to offer. 🙂

  4. Erin says:

    Great points Margo, I totally agree.. however the ‘bikini body’ issues in your first point clearly must sell loads of mags, which is why I would assume they’re included. I’m not saying the magazines are not guilty of presenting all of us with unrealistic and unhealthy images, however, there must be consumers out there who just love to ‘celebrity bash’ based on the number of stars without makeup/looking bad in bikinis etc issues that are sold!

    I agree with everything you say though, and simply not publishing that rubbish is a step in the right direction.

    I’d love to see mags publish images of stars being ‘normal’ mums, wives, sisters etc.. Or even, shock horror, images of them putting in the hard yards at the gym…