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"Reinventing the wheel" is a common article.

"I can totally see some of them being used in one of those glossy fashion magazines. Y'know, the kind that cost nine bucks and are 97% ads."

Magazines devoted to fashion, with some articles on other topics relevant to their readers (lifestyle, people, and other things). As noted in the quote, they are heavy on advertising, but this has had the benefit of keeping the format of these magazines relatively consistent, as opposed to the Magazine Decay of other print genres.

Many fictional works, particularly Work Coms, are set around the offices of a fashion magazine. It works well for giving guest stars the full benefit of the Rule of Glamorous.

Tropes common among these include:

  • The Beautiful Elite (since the editors want the models to look as good as the clothes)
  • Conspicuous Consumption (the clothes and accessories being shown are usually for affluent buyers)
  • Costume Porn (when highly detailed clothes are featured)
  • The Fashionista (if an article is about one)
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit (sometimes these outfits are featured, over the grand, but practical, clothes)
  • Merchandise-Driven (spreads showing clothes will note who made each piece, and how much they cost)
  • Model Couple (when two or more models are shown in a spread, they are likely chosen to visually compliment each other)
  • Modeling Poses (when each outfit will likely get just one picture in an issue, the models will do their best to show the best of the outfits)
  • Pimped-Out Dress (evening dresses still can be quite detailed)
  • Pretty in Mink (is is common for fall issues to have a spread about various fur items)
  • Simple, yet Opulent (many outfits will not look that detailed, but are still use expensive fabrics and workmanship)
  • Up Marketing (despite the tons of ads in these magazines, they are still selling high end items)

Compare Fashion Show, Rule of Glamorous.


Fashion magazines featured in fiction

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  • Poise magazine in 13 Going on 30. And their rival SPARKLE.
  • Janet in Rope writes for Allure, a column on "how to keep the body beautiful".
  • In the House of Wax (2005) remake, Carly is mentioned to have been offered an internship at In Style magazine.
  • Quality magazine launches the "Think Pink" campaign in Funny Face, followed by a search for "the Quality woman."
  • Cover Girl has Vanity magazine. Their search for an unknown model to grace the cover of their "golden wedding issue" drives the plot.
  • Death Proof has a character that's a model trying to find out if she's in this month's issue of Allure. Her and a friend get very exciting when they discover a cashier in rural Tennessee is selling this month's copy of Italian Vogue.
  • The Devil Wears Prada: Runway magazine.

  • Runway magazine in The Devil Wears Prada.
  • Bu-Bubble in Unseen Academicals.
  • Men's fashion magazines are mentioned in A Brother's Price. The men in them wear much tighter, more revealing clothes than Jerin is willing to consider, and he thinks they are not proper, but it's different for the nobility.

    Live Action TV 
  • In the Charmed episode "Wicca Envy" Rex tells Phoebe he can get her a job at a fashion magazine (of course he's lying). Ultimately subverted though as, three seasons later, Phoebe does get a journalism job but as an advice columnist instead.
  • Blush magazine in Just Shoot Me!.
  • Revenge has Voulez, founded by Margaux LeMarchal to prove to her father that she would make a suitable heir to his media empire.
  • That's So Raven features Raven winning a design contest for one of her dresses to be featured in a high-profile fashion magazine. And in the fourth season she actually gets to work at a fashion magazine.
  • The Bold Type has "Scarlet" magazine.
  • Mode magazine in Ugly Betty.


  • In Lady in the Dark, the protagonist is the editor of Allure magazine but her life is not nearly as glamorous as the contents of her magazine.

    Video Games 
  • In Barbie Super Model, Barbie appears on the covers of magazines in a matching mini-game.