Goodbye Marie Claire…

Goodbye, Woman of Substance…

I had been collecting Marie Claire since the day of its arrival in the Philippines.  It was fashionable, stylish, age-appropriate and most importantly, brave enough to tackle social issues that not a lot of fashion magazines are willing to take on. I had outgrown Cosmo then, as I just could not stand having to read about sex all the time (unless it’s in Fanfiction.net or something that Jude Devereaux, Ai Yazawa etc. wrote). Plus, I’m not into the “how do I get boys to like me” craze that the younger generation seemed to be steeped in, so MC, to me, was a breath of fresh air.  It was about the Power Woman, who is chic, savvy and Amazonic enough to conquer a world dominated by men.

When Jomel (Alviar) first mentioned about MC’s state, I was aghast. “What happened to Woman of Substance? What happened to Woman of Substance???”  Apparently, there weren’t enough women in the Philippines that adhered to my motto of “form follows function”. Still, I was happy that I learned a lot from the articles.  They explored different cultures, some I have never even known about. Like that write-up about an African village whose inhabitants are only women and children, or the Russian schools for women who are out to catch husbands, or that South American town where parents would pray for gay sons.  MC also discussed the RH Bill and how this affects our women. Rawr.

I also had my share of prizes from participating in their contests. Hehe.

All in all, MC had a good run, I think. I just wasn’t able to send my last email for their March issue (it was bouncing) so I posted it on their Facebook and I’ll repost it here:

“Finally! I’ve waited so long for marie claire to feature Karylle, a true beauty and woman of substance. I’ve actually seen her in person and even without make-up, she radiates such glow that can only come from a person who has been blessed and enjoys sharing it. Very few people have her intelligence, talent, poise and grace. I’m only too happy to see her on the cover…during my birth month, too!”

animetric wrote on Apr 11, ’09
Haaay sayang talaga!

skysenshi wrote on Apr 11, ’09
animetric said

Haaay sayang talaga! 

oo nga eh. we’d be stuck with Cosmo…where all the girls keep asking about how to catch guys and keep them. sheesh. i think i’ll go buy Preview na lang. at least may eco-friendly chorva silang articles.

animetric wrote on Apr 11, ’09
I’m interested in Women’s Health as well… 😀

dragonstarfly wrote on Apr 11, ’09
You have the same sentiments as my mom. 🙂

Sayang talaga. Even seventeen is on its last issue. SAD SAD SAD. To think that’s the only magazine I read. Candy is just too, not just “too” its massively boy crazy.

sigh.

skysenshi wrote on Apr 12, ’09
animetric said

I’m interested in Women’s Health as well… 😀 

ay oo! mukhang interesting ang women’s health.

skysenshi wrote on Apr 12, ’09, edited on Apr 12, ’09

Candy is just too, not just “too” its massively boy crazy. 

i used to read Candy before…pero yun nga. jeez. i hate boy-crazy magazines. Cosmo is worse kasi it’s the college/fresh grad equivalent of Candy. parang sobrang wala kang kwenta kung wala kang lalakeng kakabit (or if you’re not having sex in so many different ways) so they have to bombard you with how-to-catch-boys-and-keep-them articles.

MC is like…”if a guy treats you this way, drop him.” hahahahaha! you’ll also notice the difference in the products they endorse. they’re stuff that very few Cosmo girls can afford. Pang-Power Women nga kasi talaga.

dragonstarfly wrote on Apr 12, ’09
skysenshi said

i used to read Candy before…pero yun nga. jeez. i hate boy-crazy magazines. Cosmo is worse kasi it’s the college/fresh grad equivalent of Candy. parang sobrang wala kang kwenta kung wala kang lalakeng kakabit (or if you’re not having sex in so many different ways) so they have to bombard you with how-to-catch-boys-and-keep-them articles.

MC is like…”if a guy treats you this way, drop him.” hahahahaha! you’ll also notice the difference in the products they endorse. they’re stuff that very few Cosmo girls can afford. Pang-Power Women nga kasi talaga. 

i used to read Candy too but then it had a massive make-over and started featuring candy cuties, na madalas yung mga cuties, gay naman in real life. hahaha! I guess it comes with the editors too, Mia C. used to be editor in chief of candy when I was a fan.

oh well, I feel bad for the future of filipino women. I saw this article from total girl, which my little sister reads, it was an article on how to be cool. like WTH why would you teach little kids how to be cool. sigh.

andito wrote on Apr 12, ’09
i like karylle too

virnanaomi wrote on Apr 12, ’09
then don’t buy cosmo! it’s soft porn for women!

skysenshi wrote on Apr 13, ’09

I guess it comes with the editors too, Mia C. used to be editor in chief of candy when I was a fan.

yep. totally agree. myrza sison, ed-in-chief of MC, is a 2-time palanca awardee.

and yeah, i feel bad for the future of filipino women…summit’s bestselling glossy is Cosmo.

skysenshi wrote on Apr 13, ’09

na madalas yung mga cuties, gay naman in real life. 

OMGWTFBBQ! wahahahahahahahah~!

skysenshi wrote on Apr 13, ’09
andito said

i like karylle too 

yeah, a total woman of substance talaga.

skysenshi wrote on Apr 13, ’09

then don’t buy cosmo! 

i don’t. =P

animetric wrote on Apr 13, ’09
I just like joining Cosmo Controversy… hehehe.

skysenshi wrote on Apr 13, ’09
animetric said

I just like joining Cosmo Controversy… hehehe. 

i read your email tapos sex related na naman yung controversy. susme! if i wanted to read about sex, i’d have more fun with FHM ano. really. (i used to collect FHM…until it got skankier and skankier…)

animetric wrote on Apr 13, ’09
skysenshi said

i read your email tapos sex related na naman yung controversy. susme! if i wanted to read about sex, i’d have more fun with FHM ano. really. (i used to collect FHM…until it got skankier and skankier…) 

Grabe eh mas malala pa ang FHM kesa Playboy Phils!

jaesarr wrote on Apr 22, ’09
wow, never knew they had such articles. i always labeled every women’s mag to be copies of candy or cosmo.

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