Vanessa Hudgens on the cover of CosmoGirl
|Final issue||December 2008/January 2009|
CosmoGirl was an American magazine based in New York City, published from 1999 until 2008. The teenage spin-off of Cosmopolitan magazine, it targeted teenage girls and featured fashion and celebrities. It was published ten times a year and reached approximately eight million readers before folding. The last issue was December 2008. Subscribers instead received issues of fellow Hearst publication, Seventeen.
The magazine was founded by Atoosa Rubenstein, who was asked to create a mock issue. She repeatedly scrawled the word "Girl!" in bed using fuchsia lip gloss for use on the magazine cover. When she and her husband woke up, they were covered in lip gloss.
Ann Shoket was the executive editor before leaving the magazine to replace Atoosa Rubenstein as the editor-in-chief of fellow Hearst magazine, Seventeen. The last editor-in-chief was Susan Schulz, who was reassigned to special projects at Hearst Magazines.
Inside each issue of CosmoGirl, there was an interview and photo shoot with a current celebrity, a beauty section featuring hair, skin, and makeup tips and trends, a fashion section highlighting various spreads of trends and clothes, and the Stars section which included articles on celebrities other than those featured on the cover. A monthly free calendar allowed readers to win various prizes by typing in a code to enter for a chance to win a prize on the magazine's website.
There was also a section introduced in March 2008 named JSYK (Just So You Know), which had advice and stories of how readers fell in love, and a shocking real life story. There were also embarrassing stories, and a manga comic featuring a character named CG. The magazine's content was rounded out with the Body & Soul section, which covered sexual health, mental health, fitness, and nutrition.
Project 2024 was created in 2002. It was named 2024 because that was when the youngest readers would be thirty-five years old, old enough to run for President of the United States. Project 2024 was about helping young girls realize their dreams and has been supported by Senator Hillary Clinton, fashion designer Michael Kors, music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, and Myspace creator Tom Anderson.
There are different international editions of the magazine in other countries, including the UK, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Turkey, China, Hong Kong and Indonesia in the country's native language, respectively.
The UK Cosmogirl closed in June 2007.
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- CosmoGIRL! on MySpace
- CosmoGIRL! on Facebook
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- Cosmogirl (Czech Republic) Website
- Cosmogirl (Hong Kong) Website
- Cosmogirl (Indonesia) Website
- Cosmogirl (Netherlands) Website
- Cosmogirl (Turkey) Website