I think you're either a Cosmo or an Elle girl - the Cosmo Girl I
hated and the Elle Girl I loved.
It's quite hard to say exactly why - just overall I thought that Cosmo
Girl seemed to be trying that bit too hard to be trendy and appeal to
teenagers whereas Elle Girl seemed a bit more natural.
The star interviews for the Cosmo Girl cover were quite good,
particularly their tips on how to make it, but I'm just not particularly
keen on Hear'Say, Atomic Kitten and Samantha Mumba so I wasn't that
interested in reading the interviews.
Cosmo Girl tried to do a serious feature on racism based on one girl's
horrible experience in Oldham.
Although it was obviously traumatic for her, it was written as a
straight account of what happened and I couldn't get into it.
The Cosmo Boy section was quite dull, the two boys they featured were
not really my type so I didn't care what other people thought of
Other than that there were just lots of posters of the same old
My two favourite bits were "Buy the Best", which was really good and
compared denim jackets in the high street to highlight which one was the
best bargain, and the features in the shopping section.
I think some girls may be tempted to buy Cosmo Girl because of the name
but it's pretty much the same as other teen mags. Elle Girl, however,
was great. You get a fab free T-shirt, which I'd wear, and the Britney
interview was really good, with some nice pics.
There were some nice boys in there and not just the obvious ones. The
fashion was trendier and I really liked some of the fashion features
such as "De-parent your party clothes". After finishing reading the mag,
I really wanted to go out shopping.
One thing I didn't like was the makeover bit - I felt that it was a bit
"Richard and Judy" and I think if you need a makeover at that age then
you're probably in big trouble.
I usually read celebrity gossip magazines, such as Heat, and fashion
titles, such as Elle and Vogue, when they're in the house. I used to
read J17 and Sugar but I find now that they seem very young even though
they are filled with sex - how to do it, how not to do it and sex
It was a relief not having to read through all that.
There are already loads of these types of magazines out there but there
is always room for more, even if they aren't anything massively
I didn't think that either title was particularly patronising but Cosmo
Girl was definitely the more patronising of the two.
I would definitely buy Elle Girl again. It's just a shame that it is
only quarterly instead of monthly.
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