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Editor-in-Chief Flag of the United States Kate White
Helen Gurley Brown (International)
Categories fashion
Frequency monthly
First issue 1886
Company Hearst Corporation
Country Flag of the United States United States
(other countries also available)
Language English
Website www.cosmopolitan.com/
June 1936 issue

Cosmopolitan is a magazine for women, sometimes referred to as "Cosmo", which has been published for more than a century. It began as a family magazine, launched in 1886 by Schlicht & Field as The Cosmopolitan. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Kate White is the current (August 2005) editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine (Hearst Company)and writes the opening section for the magazine every month entitled Behind the Scenes at Cosmopolitan Categories: People stubs ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Fashion (disambiguation). ... The Hearst Corporation is a large privately-held media conglomerate based in New York City. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Cosmo636. ... Image File history File links Cosmo636. ...

Paul Schlicht told his first-issue readers that his publication was a "first-class family magazine", adding, "There will be a department devoted exclusively to the interests of women, with articles on fashions, on household decoration, on cooking, and the care and management of children, etc., also a department for the younger members of the family."

Cosmopolitan's circulation reached 25,000 that year, but by March, 1888, Schlicht & Field were no longer in business. John Brisben Walker acquired the magazine in 1889, and E. D. Walker, formerly with Harper's Monthly, took over as the new editor, introducing color illustrations, serials and book reviews. It became a leading market for fiction, featuring such authors as Annie Besant, Ambrose Bierce, Theodore Dreiser, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London and Edith Wharton. The magazine's circulation climbed to 75,000 by 1892. John Brisben Walker (1847-1931) was a United States magazine publisher and automobile entrepreneur, in later years a resident of Jefferson County, Colorado. ... Annie Besant Plaque on house in Colby Road, London SE19 where Annie Besant lived in 1874. ... Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – 1914?) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist, today best known for his Devils Dictionary. ... Theodore Dreiser, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser (August 27, 1871 – December 28, 1945) was an American naturalist author known for dealing with the gritty reality of life. ... This article is about the British author. ... For other persons named Jack London, see Jack London (disambiguation). ... Edith Wharton (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer. ...

In 1897 Cosmopolitan announced plans for a free correspondence school: "No charge of any kind will be made to the student. All expenses for the present will be borne by the Cosmopolitan. No conditions, except a pledge of a given number of hours of study." When 20,000 immediately signed up, Walker could not fund the school and students were then asked to contribute 20 dollars a year. Also in 1897, H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds was serialized, as was his First Man in the Moon (1900). Olive Schreiner contributed a lengthy article about the Boer War. Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946), better known as H. G. Wells, was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. ...

In 1905 William Randolph Hearst purchased the magazine for $400,000 ($10,000,000 in 2006 prices) and brought in journalist Charles Edward Russell, who contributed a series of investigative articles, including "The Growth of Caste in America" (March, 1907), "At the Throat of the Republic" (December, 1907 - March, 1908) and "What Are You Going to Do About It?" (July, 1910 - January, 1911) and "Colorado - New Tricks in an Old Game" (December 1910). For other people named William Randolph Hearst, see William Randolph Hearst (disambiguation) William Randolph Hearst I (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper magnate. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Other contributors during this period included Alfred Henry Lewis, Sinclair Lewis, A. J. Cronin, David Graham Phillips, George Bernard Shaw, Upton Sinclair and Ida Tarbell. Illustrators included Francis Attwood, Dean Cornwell, James Montgomery Flagg and Harrison Fisher. Sinclair Lewis Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 — January 10, 1951) was an American novelist and playwright. ... Archibald Joseph Cronin (July 19, 1896–January 6, 1981) was a Scottish novelist, dramatist, and nonfiction writer who was one of the most renowned storytellers of the twentieth century. ... David Graham Phillips, born October 31, 1867 - died January 24, 1911, was an American journalist and novelist. ... George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856–2 November 1950) was an Irish dramatist, literary critic, and socialist. ... Upton Sinclair Jr. ... Ida Tarbell Ida Minerva Tarbell (November 5, 1857 - January 6, 1944) was an American author and journalist, known as one of the leading muckrakers. ... Flaggs famous depiction of Uncle Sam James Montgomery Flagg (June 18, 1877 - May 27, 1960) was a American artist and illustrator. ...

March 1894 issue
March 1894 issue

With a circulation of 1,700,000 in the 1930s, Cosmopolitan had an advertising income of $5,000,000. Emphasizing fiction in the 1940s, it was subtitled The Four-Book Magazine since the first section had one novelette, six or eight short stories, two serials, six to eight articles and eight or nine special features, while the other three sections featured two novels and a digest of current non-fiction books. During World War II, sales peaked at 2,000,000. Download high resolution version (485x715, 119 KB)This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free content hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. ... Download high resolution version (485x715, 119 KB)This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free content hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. ...

The magazine began to run less fiction during the 1950s. Circulation dropped to slightly over a million by 1955, a time when magazines were overshadowed during the rise of paperbacks and television. The Golden Age of magazines came to an end as mass market, general interest publications gave way to special interest magazines targeting specialized audiences.


Helen Gurley Brown arrives

Cosmopolitan's circulation continued to decline for another decade until Helen Gurley Brown became chief editor in 1965 and remodeled the magazine. In the early 1970s, Cosmopolitan became a women's magazine complete with a sexy cover shot every month of a woman (usually) in a low cut dress or bikini. Brown wished to show the "single woman" that she was not alone in engaging in pre-marital sex; there were other women throughout the country who were doing the same thing. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... This article is about the womens bathing suit. ... This article is primarily about religious attitudes to sexual morality. ...

In Brown's early years as editor, the magazine received a lot of criticism. Many people were shocked at the new message of the one-time literary magazine. Brown, however, took no notice and continued to print the magazine that she had envisioned.

The magazine ran a near-nude centerfold of a then little-known actor named Burt Reynolds in April 1972. It was a scandalous move for the time. The issue created great controversy, propelling both Cosmopolitan and Reynolds to the forefront of American popular culture. Burt Reynolds (born Burton Reynolds Jr. ...

In recent years the magazine and in particular its cover stories have become more sexually explicit in tone. The UK edition of Cosmopolitan, which began in the early 1970s, was well known for sexual explicitness, with strong sexual language, male nudity and coverage of such subjects as rape. More recently, CosmoGIRL!, a spinoff magazine targeting a teenage female audience, has been created for an international readership. Another spin off, Cosmopolitan Men, is aimed at a male audience. CosmoGIRL! is an American magazine. ...

Though Cosmopolitan is known for its sex advice and sex tips, the magazine mainly focuses on educating women in areas other than sexuality and providing coverage of the latest in fashion and beauty. Real-world stories are recounted ("Real Life Reads") first-hand by survivors, safety tips for risky or dangerous situations (such as living alone) accompany stories of hidden risks, health myths and urban legends are debunked. Sections such as "Health Check", which has featured articles such as "Cosmo Gyno" and "Your Body: What An Abnormal Pap Smear Can Mean", are there not only for entertainment value but to help women understand their bodies and even recognize possible health problems. Less serious regular features include "Guy Confessions" (pages where men share embarrassing stories or shameful things they've done); celebrity gossip; "You, You, You", which contains a wide variety of fun facts and advice.

Vocalist Alsou on the Russian edition

The magazine currently features topics such as sex, makeup and hair tips, yet cover blurbs like "How to date eight men at once and get away with it" annoy some readers. Third-wave feminists have argued that although the present iteration of Cosmo was started to stop discrimination and empower women, it now contributes to women's oppression by inspiring uneasiness over their physical image, due to the magazine's venerated display of women's sexuality and statuesque body image. Computers are used to manipulate photographs of women. Elizabeth Hurley described the magazine's digital enlargement of her breasts: "On my last Cosmo cover, they added about five inches to my breasts. It's very funny. I have, like, massive knockers. Huge. Absolutely massive." [1] Image File history File links Cosmoalsou. ... Image File history File links Cosmoalsou. ... Alsou on the cover of Russian Cosmo Alsou Ralifovna Abramova (Tatar: Alsu Rälif qızı Abramova, Russian: Алсу́ Рали́фовна Абрамова), better known as just Alsou (Russian: Алсу́, born on June 27, 1983) is a popular Tatar-Russian singer. ... Third-wave feminism is a feminist movement that arguably began in the early 1990s. ... Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English actress, fashion model, producer and designer. ...

In its January 1988 issue, Cosmopolitan ran a feature claiming that women had almost no reason to worry about contracting HIV long after the best available medical science indicated otherwise. The piece claimed that unprotected sex with an HIV-positive man did not put women at risk of infection, further stating that "most heterosexuals are not at risk" and that it is impossible to transmit HIV in the missionary position [2]. The stance of this article angered gay rights and AIDS activists who felt it contributed to the demonization already in the gay community due to the epidemic. Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus that infects cells of the human immune system. ... The missionary position A variation on the missionary position as depicted in Pompeii The missionary position is a common human sex position also used by certain other species including bonobos[1] and armadillos. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... Demonization is the characterization of individuals, groups, or political bodies as evil or subhuman for purposes of justifying and making plausible an attack, whether in the form of character assassination, legal action, circumscribing of political liberties, or warfare. ...

Cosmopolitan reaches readers in more than 100 countries and has been published in 32 languages, including Spanish, Korean,Bulgarian, Portuguese, Swedish, Hebrew, Romanian, Russian, German, Italian, French and Indonesian. It was banned in Singapore until recently. “Hebrew” redirects here. ...

Geri Halliwell on the April 2005 UK edition
Geri Halliwell on the April 2005 UK edition

Cosmopolitan has traditionally been a women’s magazine discussing such topics as sex, health, fitness and fashion. Recently the magazine is sharing their focus with men’s issues as well. “Cosmo for your guy” is featured in every issue with exclusive advice for the men. Cosmopolitan also recruits men as a part of their staff to answer their female reader’s burning questions they just can’t ask the men in their lives. The “Guy Confessions” add men’s embarrassing mishaps to those submitted by women. The front cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine (Untied Kingdom), April 2005. ... The front cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine (Untied Kingdom), April 2005. ... Geraldine Estelle Geri Halliwell (born 6 August 1972) is an English pop singer and songwriter, television personality, writer, and actress, and became famous (under the nickname of Ginger Spice) in the late 1990s as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls. ...

Cosmopolitan Television

Corus Entertainment, along with the Hearst Corporation, are planning to create a television channel to broadcast in Canada starting in 2008. It is planned to target an audience of women age 18 to 34.[3]. Corus Entertainment Inc. ... The Hearst Corporation is a large privately-held media conglomerate based in New York City. ... The term television channel generally refers to either a television station or its cable/satellite counterpart (both outlined below). ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The channel is available since the 90s in Latin-America.


Cosmopolitan is banned in Singapore as its content is deemed unsuitable for Singaporean women, and promotes a lifestyle of which the government disapproves.

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