It gets more bazaar all the time

How Angelina feels about Brad, or so they say

“Brad Is Boring Her” reads the headline of a tabloid magazine. The cover photo shows Angelina looking um.. bored.

Seven-year-old Kieron Williamson painted this

When is this obsession with these cockamamie celebrities going to end? Why aren’t we fascinated with the scientists who recently discovered how to detect Alzheimer’s disease early, or the seven-year-old lad in England whose landscape paintings are selling for $30,000? Or ANYBODY but Angelina, Brad, Jennifer, JLO, Madonna, Lindsay and those other devastatingly captivating personalities.

I noticed Jennifer Aniston is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar again. It must be the 250th HB cover she’s been on in the last 10 years. Oh, wait a minute. There were only 120 covers in ten years. It just seems like she was on 250 covers. By the way, she’s imitating Barbra Streisand in the issue.  OMG.  Imagine connecting Jennifer Aniston with one of the greatest entertainers and talents of all time.

Isn’t there anyone else to model the new fall clothes?  Perhaps a woman soldier who has recently returned home from Iraq, with an accompanying story on her experience and how she views the world. Or a cover of Michelle Obama’s best friends from Chicago?

If Jennifer Aniston is the only person who helps sell magazines, these magazines are in deeper trouble than we thought. What new information could possibly be revealed in an interview? Maybe they’ll tell us the time of the month she’s ovulating so we can cheer her on to get pregnant.

Here’s an idea: If Brad is boring Angelina, maybe he can take a quick run over to his ex for a quickie. Than HB can reveal their new baby on the cover. Unless Vanity Fair gets to them first! (At least that magazine will have a well-written story to go with baby Pittston’s pix.)

What a bore!

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5 Responses to “It gets more bazaar all the time”

  1. Jessica Farrington says:

    Geri – Didn’t you start out in the magazine business? Did you have control over the cover photos? If so, what were you putting on there?

    I think part of the problem is people like what they’re told to like, you could tell people they should like to eat some terrible food because it’s popular and sadly a lot of people will like it.

    Just look at the sad stories about some star getting a new dog and people rushing out to get the same breed only to abandon it when it’s not what they expected, I remember a lot of stories about Jack Russells when Frasier first came out and people learned they are super high energy.

    • Geri Brin says:

      Hi Jessica,

      I have been in the magazine business and did have control over the covers. We always wanted our covers to be new, fresh, stimulating and engaging.

      When I published a magazine for plus size women, called Figure, we didn’t even want celebrities on the cover. How many times can you put the same two plus size celebrities on the cover, anyway? So we used real women, including authors, an Olympic hockey champion, singers, etc.

      I totally agree with you about people liking what they’re told to like. It is sad.


  2. Genie Geer says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Before recently becoming a member of FOF, I started reading all your posts since blog one, and find myself bursting into laughter or silently ruminating your deeper points within each one. You’ve nailed it again!

  3. Toby Wollin says:

    …and for anyone who does not know who the women in the first selection are:

  4. Toby Wollin says:

    You know what women would sell magazines to ME?
    Brooksley Born, Sheila Bair, Meredith Whitney and Elizabeth Warren.
    Michelle Obama (about her work with children’s obesity and gardening), Hillary Rodham Clinton (and no mentions of her hair or her ankles).
    Any woman who started her own business (particularly manufacturing) and is operating it in the US.
    Women who are making a difference in people’s lives because of what they do — not how much they weigh, whose clothing they wear, who they are married to, or the attention they get because of their names.
    Put those people on the covers of magazines and I’ll buy –


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