When Total Girl Magazine was launched in 2002, I was eight years old and fell in love at first read.
When I was nine, my mum told me that if I ate a bowl of ravioli, she would buy me a subscription.
When I was eleven, after three years of devoted readership, I decided I had ‘outgrown’ the title, and moved on to the, in my pre-adolescent mind, ‘grown up’ magazines, Girlfriend and DOLLY.
Now at fifteen, I often find myself purchasing it (and girl power and disney girl /blush) again. While the titles aimed at my age group are awesome, they don’t often feature the celebrities I like (ok, love). As I was told by one worker when I was on work experience, “We could feature those celebrities, but most of our readers would probably find them a bit…childish.” It only makes sense then, that to get my fix, I must regress to my childhood and find magazines pretty much devoted to them.
Let’s look at the January Issue:
- This month’s issue features Tsweezy on the cover, which is a win, but in the covergirl interview/feature it says she and Abigail have been best friends since they were eight. Have they never heard FIFTEEN? Obviously when the lyric says “You sit in class next to a red head named Abigail and soon enough you’re best friends”, it means they met in year nine. And in numerous interviews Taylor has said they bonded in the back of ‘freshman’ english because they were both bitter and didn’t want to hear about the unrequited love of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Check your facts, Total Girl.
- Ok, so TG isn’t exactly feature heavy. It’s actually pretty feature non-existant, but I didn’t buy it to read articles aimed at ten year olds. What it does have is posters of Demi, Miranda, Selena,Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift and JB. Oh, and Kstew, Rpatz, Ricki-Lee and Delta, but who really cares about them?
- It has an interview with the cast of glee which is nowhere near as interesting or funny as it’s big sister GF’s interview, but informative nonetheless. I mainly enjoyed it because instead of just Cory and Lea, they also spoke to Dianna and Mark (Quinn and Puck).
- Two pages of Short Stack and a Justin Bieber mention are the main fails, but it could be worse. They could be included in the above mentioned poster section *shudder*
- It has a Toy Story and Toy Story 2 3D double feature review. I am so freaking excited for this movie. Side note, my mother totally wouldn’t let me buy a Toy Story calender yesterday! Can you say fail? It also has Alvin and the Chipmunk The Squeakuel and Bran Nue Dae reviews, both of which I can’t wait to see, and The Princess and the Frog, Tooth Fairy, The Secret of Moonacre and Fantastic Mr Fox reviews, which I won’t mind missing.
Basically, if you’re ten, or ten at heart, this isn’t a bad read for $5.95, even if my covermounted headphones broke on opening…
frangipani princess xoxo
ps. Just so I don’t get embarrassed at the newsagency, DOLLY and Girlfriend really should start putting Demi, Selena, JB etc. in their mags more. Surely people don’t see them as that childish… Do they?