So, Mandy Moore is on the cover of Marie Claire’s April issue. Is she appearing in an upcoming film? Does she have a new single? According to the cover, she’s accomplished something much more significant than that!
Oh, awesome. Clearly landing a man is two times as important as her new album since it merits twice as many mentions.
Sure, the article doesn’t focus exclusively on her private life—only six of the thirteen paragraphs are devoted to it! Which is, really, an amazing feat of journalism when you consider that she didn’t even get engaged until after the interview and got married the same day the magazine hit newsstands.
Naturally, the profile includes the obligatory query about the artistic influence of her high-profile relationships:
Alas indeed! Which men are the subjects of these songs? Whose enjoyment of Moore’s tunes wouldn’t be enriched if we knew they were about the guy who played Fez on That ’70s Show? Every line must be ripped from reality! After all, artists can’t possibly be—oh, what’s it called?—performing.
Never mind, let’s discuss her current romance.
How generous of the writer to approve of a relationship Moore consistently refused to discuss with him!
It’s not that celebrities' relationships are or even should be irrelevant—many have excelled at self-promotion via personal revelations—or that magazine writers should treat their subjects with total reverence. But relationships taking precedence (like, say, top billing on the cover) over professional accomplishments only serves to reinforce many outdated stereotypes that magazines like Marie Claire often philosophize against.
Was the cover designed to attract newsstand buyers? Undoubtedly. But even a cursory glance through the issue's pages is enough to see there are no in-depth disclosures about the Moore-Adams pairing. Marie Claire’s slogan is “more than just a pretty face"—but making the “more" all about men turns out to be way less.