At Glamour, we're always proud of the stories we tell, but we understand there's a hell of a lot to read out there and not enough hours in the day. To make it easy, we compiled some of our favorite in-depth pieces from 2019 that you might have missed or just want to revisit in one place. If you have an interesting story to tell, be sure to reach out on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Thanks for reading—we can't wait to bring you more of what you love in 2020!
As the 2010s draw to a close, we looked at 104 women who permanently changed pop culture and defined how we internalize the concept of fame—for better or worse.
It's hard to choose just one story from our expansive Women of the Year coverage—our annual event that honors trailblazers and rule-breakers—so here's a sampling. The in-depth profiles on this year's honorees Charlize Theron, Ava DuVernay, Megan Rapinoe, Greta Thunberg, Margaret Atwood, The Women of RAICES, Tory Burch, and Yara Shahidi; Chanel Miller's powerful essay on coming forward; features on the females we called Women of the Year, All Year, each who are doing great work across the fashion, beauty, sports, and food industries; and plenty more. Read all of our WOTY coverage all here.
‘This Is Not Our Shame’: Five Survivors of Jeffrey Epstein’s Abuse on Trauma, Justice, and Sisterhood
Stories about Epstein’s accusers tend to have their own lexicon, filled with phrases designed to shame and titillate—sex slave, victim, troubled. With the world watching, Virginia Giuffre, Teresa Helm, Rachel Benavidez, Marijke Chartouni, and Sarah Ransome talked to Glamour about reframing the narrative—and reclaiming their power.
In May, actor Aurora Perrineau's role in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us was on the horizon. Ahead of its premiere, she talked to Glamour about getting cast and also addresses Lena Dunham's apology and the controversy that could have derailed her career.
As part of our expansive 'F Word' package, we talked to dozens of women who work in fashion to get unfiltered explanations of what it's really like to be plus-size in an industry that hasn't always been the most welcoming. She listened as models shared their frustration over the lack of jobs both on the runway and off, not to mention fatphobic things designers have said to them. Editors and influencers offered stories of being confused for the help at Fashion Week. Consultants discussed how brands would hire them for their plus-size marketing experience then decide to go in a “different direction." Other 'F Word' hits: Glamour's first-ever plus-size fashion awards, our September cover featuring The New Supers written by Nicolette Mason, and a spate of powerful essays and reports including "Fat Women Have Great Sex Too" and "The Anguish of Eating While Fat." Read the entire package here.
Spending at parks like Disney World and Disneyland is on the rise—thanks in large part to the millennial women who have grown up watching Disney films. Here, those women break down their fandom and dispel the myth that you're a weirdo if you adore Disney after a certain age.
Even as male lawmakers dominate the debate around women’s reproductive health at the highest levels—and a spate of restrictive bans are passed across the country—public conversations about the very real experiences men have had with abortion remain rare. As access is further limited and with a likely Supreme Court decision on the horizon, here, in a special collaboration between Glamour and GQ, 12 men share how the procedure has impacted their life.
A deep dive into the raw sexuality of actor Eric Dane, and how that sexuality filters into his every role, whether he's playing young hotshot McSteamy on Grey's Anatomy or Euphoria’s middle-aged DominantDaddy.
NXIVM turned women into slaves, branded members with its leader's initials, and blackmailed victims into submission. It was also…on Instagram? This is what a cult looks like in 2019.
KKW Beauty. ThirdLove. Mansur Gavriel. Buzzy brands like these now offer a buy-now-pay-later option. But is the service convincing us that it's OK to spend more than we can afford?
In the era of Facetune, Photoshop, and "retouch" options on traditional school pictures, there's now no need to preserve evidence of acne, gap teeth, and bad bangs. But some experts are worried the altered images send a negative message.
Glamour's 2019 cover stories
Throughout the year, we've had some truly wonderful cover stars who weren't afraid to be 100 % themselves. A sampling includes the women of our TV package (Natasha Lyonne, Jameela Jamil, and Ruby Rose), Kacey Musgraves, Gabrielle Union, Mindy Kaling, and Halsey. Look out for some equally exciting cover profiles coming in 2020.
The percentage of women with adult acne is on the rise. But beyond being painful and embarrassing, it's costing us our time, our money, and potentially our careers. A look at how skin—yes, skin—can be a hindrance when looking to move forward at work.
This summer, the California Governor signed the Crown Act, a bill that bans employers from discriminating against people with natural hair, into law. The move proves what so many black women have been saying for decades, that locs, twists, and braids are just as business-appropriate as a bouncy blowout.
This year, we pulled the curtain back on the unnecessary secrecy that surrounds miscarriages with our series The 10 Percent, which references the stat that 10% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. We covered women who were relieved to have had a miscarriage when they did, women who practically went broke because of unforeseen costs a miscarriage brings, the fear of pregnancy after a miscarriage—and the joy of having a "rainbow baby"—and how women are starting to open up in the most public of places: on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, where raw posts about miscarriage offer women a sense of community. Read them all here.
It was a show that defined a very specific era, and—suddenly—it was back. Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, and Stephanie Pratt returned to MTV in The Hills: New Beginnings this summer, but the landscape of reality TV has changed drastically since the original Hills wrapped in 2010, and so have the women themselves. Here they opened up about motherhood, fame, and returning to the iconic—yes, iconic—franchise nearly a decade later.
The swearing-in ceremony of the 116th U.S. Congress was an emotional one, as a historic number of women and a slew of "firsts" joined the House of Representatives—and what these women wore told a quiet story of change.
Baths. CBD gummies. Crystals. Seven-step skin-care routines. The Internet is teeming with self-care cure-alls with the promise that an Insta-worthy ritual or two can "cure" your anxiety. But after months of trying to "chill" away panic attacks, editor Lindsay Schallon realized there was a problem with the Internet's wellness complex.
When writer Jill Gutowitz saw the photo of U.S. soccer player Kelley O’Hara kissing her girlfriend after winning the World Cup, it rocked her. Here, she explains why this was a key moment.
Comedian and former SNL writer Paula Pell spent decades trying to chase what others thought she "could be." Here she shares how she gave that up.
The standard Barbie is 11 and 1/2 inches tall, but her reach is enormous. She has more brand awareness than Kim Kardashian and the queen of England. (Mattel ranks it at 99 percent worldwide.) Over 58 million dolls are purchased each year, and she’s available in 150 countries. Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has survived critique, censure, competition, and the advent of social media. Six decades later, America’s most controversial toy looks better than ever.
Going gray can often feel like an emotional roller coaster. A few silver strands? No big deal. But once there’s nothing but gray growing in at your roots, things can feel a little more dire—or at least they used to.
In April, Hilaria Baldwin, author, yoga instructor, and wife to Alec Baldwin, revealed on Instagram that she was likely having a miscarriage of her fifth pregnancy. Her post went viral, racking up more than 100,000 likes as she invited thousands of comments from people inspired to share their own stories of pregnancy loss. Baldwin opened up to Glamour exclusively about why she hoped sharing such a private moment—as it happens—will help drown out the stigma surrounding miscarriage.
As part of our "Good Sex" series, former sex worker Lovely Brown writes about the experience of sleeping with people for money—and how it shifted her own idea of what pleasure means.
In December, we took an in-depth look at romance novels, a literary genre that's often considered fluff or a woman's guilty pleasure. What we found was a booming billion-dollar industry (in 2016, these novels made up 23% of the overall fiction market), but interesting perspectives on how the genre has modernized. Included in our series: a story on how consent is now a key part of romance novels, a look at what goes on during a romance novel cover shoot, a profile on the year's most beloved romance novel, Red, White, and Royal Blue, and a visit to The Ripped Bodice, the first romance bookstore in the country. Read the entire series here.
Honorable mention: Our new podcasts
In 2019, Glamour rolled out two new podcasts. Hosted by editor in chief Samantha Barry, "She Makes Money Moves" drops new episodes every Tuesday and talks frankly about women's relationship to finance. "What I Wore When" is a weekly podcast (news eps every Monday) hosted by digital director Perrie Samotin and centers around conversations with influential women including Bellamy Young, Amanda Seales, Alison Roman, Sheinelle Jones, Emily Nussbaum, and Tiffani Thiessen about what they wore during a pivotal moment in their lives. Subscribe to "She Makes Money Moves" here and "What I Wore When" here. And if you haven't already, listen to our hit 2018 true-crime podcast "Broken Harts," which has been downloaded more than 11 million times.
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