5 Interesting Facts about Vogue Magazine

It’s called the Bible of fashion and its glossy pages dictate new trends. Of course we’re talking about Vogue, the most famous fashion magazine in the world. The editor-in-chief of american edition, Anna Wintour, can make or break designers’ careers. She is one of the most influential people in fashion industry. We already brought you some of the interesting facts about her, and now it’s time to go through Vogue’s rich history and bring you 5 interesting facts about Vogue Magazine (Vogue, Vogue – singing that Madonna song).

Vogue was founded in 1892 and it wasn’t a fashion magazine at first. It was meant for New York’s social elite and covered topics like etiquette and book reviews. It was transformed in 1909, when it got bought by Montrose Nast, the founder of Condé Nast Publications.

At first the covers featured illustrations and the first photographic work appeared in 1932. However, Vogue’s first famous photographic model was Toto Koopman, a rather interesting person. She was Indonesian-Dutch, bisexual, and she even worked as a spy during World War II and got captured by the Nazis in 1944!

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Anna Wintour was the first one to realise the importance of celebrities. While nowadays we see celebs on covers all the time, Anna was a pioneer in this. Her choice was to put Madonna on the cover of 1989 May issue. While models are used for shooting editorials, celebrities of all kinds were photographed for about 90% of Vogue’s covers in the last 5 years.

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A documentary called The September Issue followed Vogue editors as they made their largest issues at the time that had 840 pages. However, the largest issue ever came out in September 2012, containing 916 pages and weighting 4.5 pounds. None the less, most of those pages are saved for advertising. Normal number has up to 50% advertising pages, while September one can go up to 80%!

As you would imagine, majority of readers are female (up to 90%), but guys are a bit more active online, making around 42% of the readership. Still, only 5 male figures have graced Vogue covers and always along side female models and celebrities. The guys that managed to make the cut are George Clooney, Kanye West, LeBron James, Ryan Lochte and Richard Gere.

There are many more interesting facts about Vogue, so if you want to add your favourite ones do it in the comments bellow.

Ivona Josipovic

Ivona Josipovic is a co-founder of The Smoke Detector, writer, fashion stylist, social media manager, curious creature, chocolate lover.

  1. Loved reading these vogue facts! Yes, anna was the first who understood the importance and power of celebs even tho i miss seeing some of the models on the covers. other countries, like italy and france still feature tons of models vs. celebs. Great post, dear heart!
    xoxo, Vanessa

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