A seasonal feature in which we take a purely superficial look at those massive September editions. Pages and pages of fall fashion! In-depth interviews with famous people! Hours of reading! Inches-thick issues! Resultant muscle strain!
Issue weight: 1.6 pounds
Issue thickness: a smidge under half an inch
Who’s on the cover: Claire Danes, Queen Latifah, and Mariska Hargitay
Who bought the back cover: Banana Republic
Number of ad pages between the cover and the table of contents: 27
(including, conveniently enough, a two-page Cover Girl spread featuring Queen Latifah)
Total number of pages: 418
How many of those pages are ads: 285 (source; we didn’t count)
Most intriguing cover line:
Biggest issue in 20 years!
We find this bit interesting not on its own merits, but because we wonder whether the magazine’s touting ads, not content: Glamour last reached 285 ad pages in a September edition in 1986 (source). Also, the rest of the cover lines are truly dull.
Subscription cards: Only 4
Cosmetic samples: 2 (a perfume strip for Ralph Lauren Romance, and a foil-sealed sample of Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup)
Is it portable? Low potential for inadvertently leaving a trail of postage-paid subscription cards + content that won’t embarrass when someone reads over your shoulder/almost two pounds of paper, 68 percent of which are ads= moderately portable