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Nylon Magazine

Fashion and culture women's magazine targeted to teens and twenty-somethings

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Nylon magazine, past and present

  • Dec 13, 2008
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OK, and now I will proceed to write a review that makes me sound really old...
Back in 1998 or thereabouts, I picked up the first issue of Nylon and started reading all their early issues from cover to cover. It was a different magazine from what it turned out to be now. 

I remember they had this gooooorgeous photo spread of waitresses working in New York, and they asked them to write down where they wanted to be in another ten years or something. There was this one strange obese sushi restaurant waitress who said that for now, "I just want to float on the Dead Sea being empty." I thought, Wow... that's pretty deep for a teen magazine. I guess my point is, at the time, I got the sense that the early issues of Nylon felt like they were genuinely trying to capture the "authentic" experience of being a young woman. 

Uh, it's a shopping catalogue. I mean, a very pretty shopping catalog, but still that nonetheless. The articles on various of-the-moment musicians and actresses are kind of flat, kind of boring — not bad, but not interesting. In short, it's just another commercial publication that dictates to me what I want to consume and who to admire. 

If there's still any reason I read Nylon nowadays, it's for their fashion editorials, which are still pretty nice to look at. But if I want a shopping catalog, then to be honest, I just read Teen Vogue. 
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December 15, 2008
Thanks, guys. I didn't know people felt the same way, since it seems like everyone loves Nylon. I also find it hilarious two guys have commented on a girls' mag ... but it shows how culturally attuned Nylon actually was (and maybe still is). I still read it sometimes... but I hide it underneath my US Weekly. *swipe!*
December 15, 2008
Yes Nylon has changed, but I still find myself drawn to the rag when I see it on the shelf. The mag is like a stiff White Russian, I don't drink them much anymore, but oh the memories...
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An inspirational fashion, music, art and culture mag with impeccable taste: A must have for indie hipsters/fashionistas. Oh, and me.
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I'm a curious foodie, a devout fashion gawker, and an unrepentant print nerd. I work at one of the last mainstream commercial magazines that's still printing.      Other things … more
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