Glamour magazine ends monthly print edition to focus on digital efforts

November 20, 2018

by Yvette Thomas

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Viola Davis on the cover of Glamour’s December 2018 issue (Photo courtesy of Glamour)

It’s the end of an era for Glamour, the New York City-based monthly magazine that began publishing in 1939: Glamour will no longer have a monthly print edition, as of the January 2019 issue, which will be available in late November 2018, and will instead be a digital-only outlet with the possibility of special print issues in the future. As first reported by the New York Times, Glamour’s parent company Condé Nast decided to shutter Glamour’s print edition due to the magazine’s declining newsstand sales and other financial problems facing Condé Nast, which lost $120 million in 2017. Glamour had about 2 million subscribers to its print edition and has about 20 million unique monthly visitors to Glamour.com

In 2017, Condé Nast ended the print editions of Teen Vogue and Self for similar reasons. In order to help alleviate its financial problems, Condé Nast is selling the magazines W, Brides and Golf Digest. For now, the company still plans to keep the print editions of magazines such as Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair.

The big changes at Glamour were foreshadowed in 2017, when editor-in-chief Cindi Leive stepped down, after 16 years in the position. She was replaced by former CNN executive Samantha Barry, who has an extensive background in digital and video journalism.

Glamour will continue to have its annual Glamour Women of the Year event, which includes a summit and award show in New York City. The 2018 honorees were actress Viola Davis, singer/actress Janelle Monáe, model Chrissy Teigen, March for Our Lives activists, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, activist Manal Al-Sharif, National Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin and the women who took down convicted sex offender Larry Nassar, such as Michigan District Court Judge Rosemarie Elizabeth Aquilina and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman.