“When I first moved to New York I bought VOGUE instead of dinner. I just felt it fed me more.” -Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
I adore this cute quote from Carrie Bradshaw about her intense love for VOGUE magazine. I would probably be inclined to purchase food first (remember thick thighs DO save lives) but, I cannot negate the importance of a great magazine. As an adult I literally leap for joy when anything comes in the mail outside of bills so it’s an extra special treat to receive a new pretty magazine.
I know many people may argue that magazines are dated, useless, and a waste of money but, they are quite the contrary! Many magazines have amazing articles, visuals, recipes, and advice that you can’t find by just scrolling Instagram (trust me, I’ve tried). In addition, in the age of modern technology there is still something magical about getting your hands on a tangible item and flipping the beautiful pages of a glossy high-fashion magazine. It reminds me of my childhood when my grandmother would receive catalogues from major southern department stores like Belk. I would sit on her couch and pick out dresses, shoes, and jackets that needed to make their way into my closet that year. I didn’t actually receive everything I wanted from those catalogues, but it was fun to dream AND promptly get into trouble afterward for “marking up her book.”
I really enjoy reading so, my living room is easily home to 10-20 magazines and books each month. I even tend to stack them in order of importance or whichever cover I enjoy looking at the most. Idris Elba is on the cover of Essence this month so I’m sure that will be a coffee table favorite for the remainder of the summer (if not my entire life).
Based on my excessive love of magazines I felt compelled to share the magazines I feel each woman of color should have in her home at some point in her life:
- BUSINESS WEEK: Beyonce has already told you, “I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making.” You gotta start somewhere, right? As a business major (marketing concentration) in college even I don’t pretend to know all the tricks of the trade. This magazine is a great resource.
- COSMO: My 20’s were definitely a learning curve! I graduated college, started teaching, and purchased The Teal Townhouse! This magazine was a fun addition for this particular time period in my life. It’s literally full of “I’m in my 20’s and just trying to survive” goodies.
- ELLE and ELLE DECOR: Drake literally has a line in the song “Come and See Me” that states, “I don’t even know what things are looking like inside of your place and how it’s decorated.” I’m personally very into décor, but even if you’re not don’t you want your house to be pretty when Drake comes over? This publication is simply stunning and full of #decorgoals left and right.
- ESSENCE: Three amazing words… #BLACKGIRLMAGIC
- Latina: A few years ago some of my Hispanic students said that I needed to get a subscription of this magazine for my fashion merchandising classroom. I realized then that as an individual I needed to do more in terms of embracing other cultures. After reading a few issues I realized that this magazine is super dope!
Note: In no way do I feel reading this magazine allows me to fully understand the plight of Latina women in America. Nor after reading this magazine do I feel it’s appropriate to use certain elements of Latin style and claim I created it on my own like I’m a member of that famous family known for creating Boxer braids (insert a side eye and HUGE eye roll)
- O, The Oprah Magazine: Well, since she literally has built an empire no explanation is really needed, but her holiday list alone is super fun! This is also a great gift idea for any older woman! My Mom loves each issue and always shares her favorite articles.
- SOUTHERN LIVING: Hey y’all! Since Charlotte is below the Mason-Dixon line, southern charm is part of the package deal. This is my FAVORITE magazine! I keep copies of recipes for years and swoon over photos of my favorite beautiful southern towns like Hilton Head, Charleston and Savannah. It literally makes me feel like a black southern belle while reading.
- VOGUE: Not only did they have our wildly intelligent and beautiful FLOTUS Michelle Obama on the cover, but surprisingly they discuss SO much more than haute couture. They are fierce advocates of women’s rights and the photos of insanely expensive fashions are literally breathtaking.
- WOMEN’S HEALTH: Self-explanatory, health is literally wealth! Drinking water and eating kale each week (especially over 30) is simply not enough. Good start, but not enough. This magazine will get you motivated!
- WORKING MOM: I’ll admit that I only read this when I’m in the doctor’s office, but my sorority sister Charlitta is a subscriber and fan. She’s literally one of the most successful women I know and able to do it all effortlessly. She is an amazing wife, Mom, and friend yet still finds time to literally kill it in the corporate sector. In fact, check her out: https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2017/03/10/charlottes-40-under-40-charlitta-crowder-hatch.html
If you’re like me, you may already have subscriptions to all of these or your collection varies from year to year (based on what Amazon has on sale). Nevertheless, I hope this list inspires you to treat yourself to some happy mail once a month! If nothing else, magazines are great companions for your summer pool spot, frigid airplanes and long meetings in the bathroom.