I had been collecting Marie Claire since the day of its arrival in the Philippines. It was fashionable, stylish, age-appropriate and most importantly, brave enough to tackle social issues that not a lot of fashion magazines are willing to take on. I had outgrown Cosmo then, as I just could not stand having to read about sex all the time (unless it’s in Fanfiction.net or something that Jude Devereaux, Ai Yazawa etc. wrote). Plus, I’m not into the “how do I get boys to like me” craze that the younger generation seemed to be steeped in, so MC, to me, was a breath of fresh air. It was about the Power Woman, who is chic, savvy and Amazonic enough to conquer a world dominated by men.
When Jomel (Alviar) first mentioned about MC’s state, I was aghast. “What happened to Woman of Substance? What happened to Woman of Substance???” Apparently, there weren’t enough women in the Philippines that adhered to my motto of “form follows function”. Still, I was happy that I learned a lot from the articles. They explored different cultures, some I have never even known about. Like that write-up about an African village whose inhabitants are only women and children, or the Russian schools for women who are out to catch husbands, or that South American town where parents would pray for gay sons. MC also discussed the RH Bill and how this affects our women. Rawr.
I also had my share of prizes from participating in their contests. Hehe.
All in all, MC had a good run, I think. I just wasn’t able to send my last email for their March issue (it was bouncing) so I posted it on their Facebook and I’ll repost it here:
“Finally! I’ve waited so long for marie claire to feature Karylle, a true beauty and woman of substance. I’ve actually seen her in person and even without make-up, she radiates such glow that can only come from a person who has been blessed and enjoys sharing it. Very few people have her intelligence, talent, poise and grace. I’m only too happy to see her on the cover…during my birth month, too!”
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