Magazines are experiencing a Spring awakening. From Ebony Magazine’s revamped Style section to Jones Magazine’s Best in Beauty Awards, the latest offerings from some of our favorite glossies are chockfull with tips to help revitalize your warm-weather style.
Here are five worth a buy on the newsstand:
1. Jones Magazine
The unique fashion and lifestyle glossy continues to cement their place as an authority on luxury style. Known for delivering fresh content from an insider’s perspective, Jones Magazine sorts through all the products on the market to identify 300+ exceptional buys in their Best in Beauty Awards issue. ”The idea behind BIB awards list was to cut through the overblown promises, sales pitches, complicated ingredient lists and deliver a highly edited list of products that deliver on their promises,” explains Editor-in-Chief, Tracey Ferguson. The issue also features model Yasmine Warsame on the cover and a rare interview with beauty legend, Pat McGrath.
2. Ebony Magazine
Distinguished by their rich legacy and rare celebrity access, it’s no surprise that Ebony Magazine was able to secure a cover featuring the stars of one of the most-anticipated summer films, “Jumping The Broom.” Coverstars Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Loretta Devine, along with producer Bishop T.D. Jakes, offer a glimpse into the making of the dramedy which offers a positive view of black relationships. The issue also features a fun-filled spread, “Fashion Runs in the Family,” where mothers and daughters share beauty and style secrets including Kimora Lee Simmons, Pat Cleveland and Alfre Woodard and their fashionable Mini-Me’s.
3. Essence Magazine
For the May 2011 issue, ESSENCE Magazine tapped everyone’s “friend in their head” talk show host and Dancing With The Stars alum, Wendy Williams. Photographed by Derek Blanks and featured in Deanzign jersey dresses on double covers, Williams opens up about family, friendship and her undeniable appeal. “I know I make some people cringe. But I also know my willingness to expose myself, warts and all, is part of the reason people are drawn to me. With me, what you see is what you get,” she says. Celebrity BFFs Beyoncé and mom Tina Knowles, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Queen Latifah and Kelly Rowland and Brandy also muse on friendship for the magazine’s first-ever Girlfriends issue.
4. i-D Magazine
For i-D Magazine’s Exhibitionist issue, Supermodel Jourdan Dunn graces one of four covers alongside best friend Karlie Kloss in the nude. Photographed by Kayt Jones, both models playfully give i-D’s signature wink to the camera only covered by a striped hat. Inside, the issue offers a rare glimpse inside the friendship of Jourdan and Karlie, who are affectionally referred to as Jourlie by the industry. Among the reveals, we learn that Jourdan wants to start a denim line and makes delicious fried chicken. The supermodel also reflects on motherhood and raising her son with sickle cell: ”Riley has sickle cell disease, so the hardest thing is not knowing if he is miserable or just in pain,” she says. Lady Gaga and Anja Rubik also cover the Spring 2011 issue.
5. Arise Magazine
Photographed by John Paul Pietrus, Rose Cordero covers Arise Magazine’s issue #12 for the Spring 2011 season. Inside, the Dominican model is stunning in a breathtaking spread shot in Paris and styled by Sabrina Henry. The issue features in-depth coverage of Arise Magazine Fashion Week Lagos 2011 and an inside look at designer Ozwald Boateng’s revealing new documentary. It also explores Nicki Minaj mania in the rapper’s own words.
Which magazines are you picking up this month?
-Jessica C. Andrews