This Month In The Lady Mags: The June Issues Bring Some Sunshine

The June 2010 issues of women’s magazines are on newsstands now. So which of these suckers will make for the best plane ride and/or lazy afternoon in the park? After the jump, we’ve rounded up the highlights from each magazine so you can see which is worth your $3.99. Marie Claire
This month’s Marie Claire is filled with gorgeous, off-kilter jewelry—think oversized beetles and pyramid studs in ways you’ve never seen them before—from the profiles of hip new jewelry designers to a fashion spread aptly titled “The Shining.” I also enjoyed the cover story on “Sex and the City 2,” even though its sole purpose for existence seemed to be denying the rumors of fights between the Fab 4 on set. I did however pick up some juicy tidbits on how they kept the movie’s plot a secret—they printed scripts on unphotocopyable paper and set up decoy photo shoots. Nice! Oh, and the photo spread with Karen Elson is stunning.
Grade: A

Last year, Glamour chose model Crystal Renn for their June swimsuit spread, making women across the country squeal with glee upon seeing a body shape slightly different than the magazine usual. So this year, Glamour decided to put Crystal in a bathing suit … on the cover. Well, at least along with Brooklyn Decker and Alessandra Ambrosio. The coverline reads, “Size 2, Size 12, Whatever!” But it’s funny—when you line these three ladies up, their bodies don’t look very different at all. Still, props to that. The rest of the issue however is a little snoozy. High school photos of music superstars? Q&As on the health care bill? We’ve seen this stuff before. I also laughed at the story “How to Find Love In A World Of Hookups.” Yeah, Glamour, it’s gonna take more than two pages to figure that out.
Grade: B

This issue is Elle’s Body Issue, which translates to “30 pages worth of stories that tell you to eat well and exercise.” Boring! The photo spread with Kristen Stewart, however, is not—who knew the girl had so much high fashion in her? While the accompanying story is pretty predictable — Kristen is awkward and disaffected and smokes a lot of cigarettes—I still enjoyed it. Ditto for the interview with Jake Gyllenhaal in which he talks about how he can’t wait to be a dad. Even better, an essay by a journalist who fell in love with a movie star onscreen, only to interview him several months later, and get the chance to sleep with him on repeat. She doesn’t name the dude, and seems to imply it was a long time ago, but I’m going to secretly hope it’s Jake.
Grade: A-

This issue, like most, is thoroughly meh. So I’m just going to give you a few selections from the story “75 Sex Tips From Guys” advertised on the cover. “Whisper ‘I’m so wet’ when I least expect it, like when I’m checking my email.” “Leave your bra on so I can pull at the straps as I ride you from behind.” “Try the phone-home move. Set your phone to vibrate and hold it against my balls as you work my shaft.” Uh, hope that was helpful?
Grade: C

From the cover story with Taraji P. Henson to the preview of the new book by Terry McMillan, the June issue of Essence is packed with interesting stuff. In the issue, Sean Bell’s fiance opens up about what it’s like to have lost her love and have the police officers who shot him not be brought to justice. There’s also an interview with a pair of black lesbian mothers, and the story of a mother who is sick of people assuming she is a nanny because her daughter is biracial. Also cool: a feature on the new wave of African-American fathers who are stepping up to the parenthood plate. But my favorite part is the photo spread starring Yaya of “America’s Next Top Model.” Yes, she’s smizing!
Grade: A

Allure is the kind of magazine that will do an entire feature about dry shampoo—there’s only so deep this magazine can go, you know? In this issue, the editors predict that you’ll be wearing black and white prints and lucite heels this summer. Yes, even girls who don’t work anywhere near a pole. Hairstylists share their memories of beauty school. Other readers tell you their favorite products in the annual “Readers Choice Awards,” which is sealed with a sticker like an Oscar envelope. And in the cover story, Megan Fox manages to drop the f-bomb 24 times.
Grade: C