Teen magazines are magazines aimed at younger teenage readers, usually young women. They usually consist of gossip, news, fashion tips and interviews and may include posters, stickers, small samples of cosmetics or other products and inserts.
In the United States, teen magazines were conceived of during the 1940s. In the United Kingdom, Fleetway's Honey (1960–1986) is regarded as having established the sector. Teen magazines are produced in many countries worldwide, and enjoy wide popularity in Australia, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Seventeen Magazine started publication in the US in 1944 and was the first magazine devoted to the needs and likes of adolescents.
While some teen magazines focus almost exclusively on music and film stars, others feature more extensive coverage of lifestyle issues and are virtually junior versions of magazines such as Cosmopolitan or Cleo.
In many countries, teen magazines are aimed almost exclusively at teenage girls. Teenage boys, like adult men, usually buy magazines related to specific activities that they are interested in, such as motor vehicles, sports, or music. However, Popcorn, the biggest title in Germany, aims to attract readers of both genders and is published in five other European countries.
Well-known American teen magazines include Seventeen and Teen Vogue. Popular now-defunct magazines were Sassy, CosmoGirl, Teen, and Teen People. Large-scale Canadian teen magazines include Faze magazine and YOUTHINK in Western Canada (Written by Teens, for Teens). Since 1972, teen magazines in the United States have reached out to the African-American market with publications such as Right On! (produced by Sterling-McFadden, which also produces Tiger Beat) and Word Up!.
Like other mainstream magazines, teen magazines can be found each month at supermarkets, pharmacies, stores and newsstands. In recent years, teen magazines have also appeared on the World Wide Web. Examples of these include Faze in Canada, which is published in both web and print versions.
In the UK, changes in the way teenagers spend their money (and the fact that there were fewer of them, though they had more cash) led to many casualties in the 1990s because titles were unable to compete with mobile, digital and online media. Magazine publishers have moved down the age range with titles for "tweenagers" (aged 9 to 13) gaining popularity, such as It's Hot.
Teenage magazines tend to be categorised as lifestyle (e.g. Sugar), entertainment (often based on music), or comics.
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