This week, however, I forked out for Grazia, a relatively new weekly with an emphasis on fashion and, natch, the celebs who wear it. It's not something I'd buy as most of the featured fashions are aimed at someone younger, thinner and certainly richer than I :-). Someone who can actually wear heels without knee pain. But this week my stepdaughter had a letter published in it, and a very fine letter it was, too, encouraging readers to be happy to be their age and not try and act or dress like 16 year olds when they're 30 or over. Embrace who you are, she said, and be a 'real' woman not a pseudo-teen. So of course I had to buy a copy for posterity.
If I was my stepdaughter's age I'd probably like to read this on a regular basis too. For a weekly the editorial, layout and paper quality is pretty good. But oh dear, am I out of touch with the gossip world. CAM DOUBLE DATES, screamed a headline on the cover, A-ROD VS JT. I decoded Cam as Cameron Diaz (there was a helpful photo) and correctly guessed JT was Justin Timberlake, but had to read to find out about A-Rod. Seems all the celebs now are known by their first name only (and if you don't know who Heidi is, or Kate, or Milla, then heaven help you. If you do know who Paris is... well, there's no escaping that particularly vacuous woman); alternately, their names are initials - SJP or J-Lo anyone? - or if they are a couple, an awful amalgamation of both names, viz. Brangelina. Takes up less space on the page than Brad & Angelina I guess.
I'm finding these nomenclature abbreviations increasingly annoying. Unless you're a celeb follower they can be downright confusing. They do have an amusing side, though. Our prime minister is jokingly called K-Rudd by the media. My husband and I simply call him Krudd. Bugger the hyphen.
But back to Grazia. Single-named celebs and n0t-me clothing notwithstanding, it's an alluring read. Would I buy it again? I just might; it's nicely packaged enough and has enough interesting articles to keep me entertained on a train to the city.
Oh, and thigh-high stiletto boots are still in. Just in case you were wondering.