We Hear You! Letters from Our February 2012 Issue

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Being a professional who has been self-employed for 25 years in the medical arena, I look forward to MORE and just enjoying the articles. I work very hard, have a very stressful job and am available to the individuals I work with all the time. Therefore the activities I choose to participate when not working are precious to me.

Just wanted to let you know that for the first time, MORE disappointed me. No, I don't want to be in the magazine letters' section. I've never written in to a magazine before to complain but my refuges are important to me.

I normally pick up a copy of your magazine every couple of months or so and skim through it mostly looking at the fashion spreads. When finished, my general feeling is "Why do I bother buying at this magazine - anyone can look good at 43; it's fifty and beyond that takes courage and skill." Well, your current issue stopped me in my tracks. I picked it up in the check out line last night and started my usual perusal when I got to the article by Emily Listfield entitled "How to let go of wanting to look Young". I have been struggling with aging (I am 58) having always been (overly) concerned with my looks. This article has given me a glimmer of hope for my future; that I can age with grace and dignity and that aging is OK. As silly as that sounds; because we are all aging and will all be old someday, aging is something we have been taught to fight and rebel against (for example consider all the anti-aging cosmetics we see in the store every time we shop). As Emily so eloquently advises, "Our generation owe it to ourselves to find another way to feel beautiful rather than trying to turn back the clock." For me, that's going to be a good long cry and then a search to find a place where I can make a difference in someone's life.

Thank you so much for this story and I beg you to print more stories for those of us who are older that 43!
--Nancy Haan

I love MORE magazine and in 2008 I read saw the ad in the magazine about the half-marathon and entered (on a whim) to it. I'd never done anything like it before and I wanted to do was finished. It was freezing cold! I asked some of my friends to join me and we all took part. I came in a weak 3:45 but I was very proud of the fact that I finished.

Four years later I decided to do it again. I've been walking everyday for the past 6 months and felt I could do much better than my 2008 time. Last night as I went to register I was SHOCKED to see that the fee is $85! I was temping in 2008 (I'd lost my job in 2007) and just trying to make ends meet. I know I didn't pay that much, in fact I registered late and actually paid the late fee.

Needless to say, I will not participate this year. I've been unemployed since Fall 2008 and $85 is just not worth it. It's really a shame, though. It's such a wonderful event; or it was when I participated. My friends and I came in at different times and we met other people from all walks of life. Now, it seems that it's really just another event for NYRR members. I hope you change this in the future.
--Andrea Herbert

Reading the stories compiled by Shelley Levittown "Against All Odds" was so inspiring. I think it would make an amazing regular column or feature as there must be countless women that have stories to share and so many readers would benefit from their sharing, as I feel I have today.
Each story had a message of hope and each story, although not exactly the same as my own, helped me to feel stronger - if they can do it, so can I. Thank you for that.

I also really enjoyed reading "How to Let Go Of Wanting To Look Young". At 46 I find myself identifying with many of the emotions mentioned and the advice found here offers the support someone like myself (who wants to grow old gracefully and in a natural but healthy way) seems to be looking for -especially when I sit down to read More.

For all of the comments written in about the First Lady, in the letters to the editor, I was disappointed in how negative readers can be. She is an extremely bright and educated woman, dedicated wife, mother and daughter and doing a fantastic job. Would like to see any of her critics step up to that job and make it seem as effortless as she does. Michelle Obama is the kind of woman I admire and I am glad More agrees.

First Published January 17, 2012

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I am 55 and had gained 10 pounds over the past 5 years due to menopause, meds, etc. Started the South Beach Diet 1st week of January and was in Phase 2 when I read "Outsmart your belly fat" in 6 weeks. Changed my exericise routine to The Exercise Plan. I have lost 10 pounds and back to size I was 5 years ago. My husband has also lost 20 pounds. Thank you -- it is really possible to lose after menopause! Many blessings!

I enjoy all of your monthly magazines. .....but I have read your magazine for years and have noticed that the over 50 - 60+ seem not to be profiled as much as I would like.
I am early 60 - need help with clothes selection for my age and also make up for the aging skin problems.
perhaps - there are many readers like myself - not in the late 40 or early 50 age bracket. We really don't get enough help in any of the magazines out there. Please give us some space.... in your magazine.
Thanks for your help,.

Jackie 02.20.2012

Thank you More for having hte First Lady on the cover. I appreciated having an opportunity to read the article learning something new. It made me reconnect with a Mentoring organization from my past to volunteer. I also appreciated the opportunity to read the posted comments both pro and con. It's a blessing that we live in a country that allows people to provide their comments without fear of being attacked for what they think. First Ladies, regardless of their political affilitations, have worked with More Magazine. Let's not forget that former First Lady Laura Bush participated in More Magazine's Reinvention conference. Thank you More for being strong and including past and current First Ladies as a part of our magazine. Please continue to do this.


First, I am about to leave AOL after 20 yrs because the Obamas are all over it. Now this cover--and Photoshopped to smithereens, too. Yick. Second, Michelle Obama is a total hypocrite--she touts veggies and capers around and then stuffs herself with steak and buttered lobster and anything else she can get her hands on. She also gets plastic surgery and her taste in clothes is laughable--remember those mangy cutoffs at the Grand Canyon. Her mother does most of her "child care." She even admits she puts herself first--is that your role model over there?Sooo, I was going to pitch a story to MORE, but I see it has become an obsequious, pandering mess...so will not.

Lindsay 02.10.2012

Unlike many others, I do not subscribe to this magazine. This is the second copy I have received, do not know how or why I am on the list, but assume maybe you want me to love this magazine, and then subscribe. If that is the case, why would you put Michelle Obama on the cover??? Are you not aware that the Obama presidency has been divisive at best, and over half the population is not happy with the way he is "fundamentally transforming" the nation? It has not only proven to be a corrupt regime (Solyndra, Fast and Furious) but our national debt is increasing by leaps and bounds due to uncontrolled spending, more than under any president. Then you have Queen Michelle who takes herself and entourage to exotic locales like Spain on the taxpayers' dime while our economy is spiriling downward. She's no role model. Like others, I gagged with this cover to glamorize a poor excuse of a first lady and presidency. I would guess politicizing should not be the goal of this magazine if you want to stay in business.


I include myself with what looks like a majority of readers who are not happy with your placement of Michelle Obama on the cover of what I thought was not a political magazine in an election year. I think this is the second time in four years she has been on the cover. If you intend on continuing to do this then I suggest you get an equally qualified wife of a Republican to be on the cover the next month. Maybe showing equal time might appease some readers or at least make you look less biased! While I am not canceling I did tear off the cover & not read the article! I enjoy the stories of real woman and the way they overcome adversity or solve a problem...neither which I think Mrs. Obama has real life experience with....

Leslie 02.07.2012

I just received my first issue and I am thrilled with the cover story, as with the entire issue. I usually only read magazines in the Dr.'s office but this was a gift and I am quite satisfied with the interests covered. Especially the fact that I was not bombarded with adverts to exhaustion (thank you thank you thank you).
I could comment positively on so many articles but the feature story that affected me the most was "Against All Odds". It brought me to tears and helped me realize how pathetic I can be in my self-pity moments. Please forward my best wishes and appreciation on to these women and let them know they have made a difference in this woman's self-awareness. I will be getting off my flabby ass tomorrow and keeping this article on my cubicle wall for inspiration.
To all the haters out there ... I am shocked that women would be so mean-spirited to other women. MORE, for women of style and substance ... clearly this mag is not for you.
Carry on MORE. You have a new fan.

pam slampak02.03.2012

I also will not be renewing my subscription. I was appalled several issues ago when Julian Assange was mentioned in one of your hot guys articles. Seriously? This man has put has put so many lives in jeopardy and ruined foreign relationships. Michelle Obama? You've all said it here already. She and her husband have no idea what they are doing. I thought More would have helped me with articles about raising teenagers and gearing up for my empty nest. Someone else to say yes it's a bittersweet feeling to see our kids go. I am done with More.

Judith Coyne02.01.2012

Hi Rita Fagan. I’m the executive editor of More and I’d like to respond to your letter about our Project Wisdom survey. First thing to be said is that women in their sixties are an important part of More’s audience and we certainly didn’t mean to be ageist by focusing a survey on their life experiences. As you probably noticed, the survey doesn’t just ask about decades past--there’s a section specifically devoted to life over age 60, in which we ask readers about the work they’re currently doing, new plans and interests they may have, etc. In terms of the title of the survey, I feel as if you may think we used “wisdom” as a code word for “old.” We didn’t. We just thought readers over 60 would have a lot of interesting (yes, even wise) things to share. And on a certain level your smart, insightful letter proves we were right. :)

I can't believe what a flood of response my editor's letter on my inability to navigate has created! Can we all meet for lunch some day? I will provide the GPS directions so we can all get there. I thought I was just writing about my quirk and lo and behold I find out--just like all of you--that I am not alone, nor a ditz cause I can't navigate my way out of a paper bag! Thank you readers; now I don't feel so bad about myself!--Lesley Jane Seymour

Justine 01.31.2012

Well, this is one issue that went straight to the trashcan. I can't look at Michele Obama's photo without getting upset, and I don't want be upset all the time!
I thought the issues about how wonderful Obamacare is and about what a fashion icon Michele Obama is was bad enough, but this cover photo is a deal breaker... cancelling my subscription. How can you be so out of touch with real working women?

Jeanne DeSilver01.29.2012

Any one of the women given barely a page in your article "Against All Odds" deserve more admiration than Michele Obama, who has done nothing except alienate hard working, struggling people and spend tax payer's money on luxuries beyound our reach. By placing her on your cover you have alienated me. I won't be renewing my subscription.

Amy 01.28.2012

When I saw the cover with Michelle Obama in my mailbox, I rushed into the house....and threw it right in the trash. Really? I fail to see what is so special about her in all honesty. First Lady? Big deal. Laura Bush has more class in her pinky finger. Also very offended at her telling the rest of us how to raise and feed our children. How ever did we manage before she came along? I don't understand her/their popularity with their spending and numerous expensive vacations. What have they done for this country besides divide it even more than it was before? This is my first time subscribing to this magazine but it will be my last.

Kay Lawton01.28.2012

To overuse an over-used expression..."really?" I am usually like a little kid with all kinds of curiosity, wondering who is going to be on the next month's cover. I have torn off this cover and practically hiddend the rest of them magazine from my husband... If you can't resist the political forces, at least keep with your equal presentations within one article about 'both sides.' Gee, where was the cover feature about a lady in every sense of hte meaning, Laura Bush? You've slid down a notch in my mind, unfortunately.


Thank you for featuring our amazing First Lady on your cover! She is a strong woman, a dedicated mother, and a class act. Michelle Obama is someone all our young women should aspire to emulate. The Obama Family is the epitome of Family Values~ parents who love & respect each other and teach their children the same love & respect for others.
Kudos More on a fabulous choice~ it brightened my day!

Ronda 01.26.2012

This was my first time reading MORE magazine. I thoroughly enjoyed so many articles. I had to let my girlfriend borrow the magazine since I talked so much about it. I loved the cover story on Michelle Obama. I was so impressed with the article about the couples in business I checked out Ajne perfumes and bought some samples! I look forward to the next issue of MORE

Barbara 01.26.2012

Podiatrists and orthopaedists rejoice! The style mavens at MORE magazine are suggesting that we trade-in our supportive and cushioned weekend-errand-running footwear for shapeless and flimsy flats. Like millions of mid-life women with early osteoarthritis, I dream of the day when a savvy and sensible designer will produce a shoe that combines the fashion consciousness of a Manolo and the health-consciousness of a Mephisto. Until then, I'll opt to be pain-free on Saturday mornings when I'm walking the hard concrete floors of my local grocery store.
P.S. Loved the rest of your issue.


I found the Emily Listfield article; How To Let Go of Wanting To Look Young, quite disturbing. Several times she referred to aging as being synonymous with losing one's looks. When did this attitude become MORE's? I look older than I did in my thirties, or even in my early forties for that matter, but it simply never occurred to me that I was losing my looks! Perhaps Ms. Listfield has never quite shed the image baggage of being a dancer, but isn't that why psychologists have years of supervision?


Hi Sue B. Hardesty,
I'm so sorry you were unable to find the gold Converse sneakers we featured in the February issue. It turns out that the particular pair we featured is not being sold online, but is available at their New York store. Their phone number is (212) 966-1099 and they'd be happy to ship them to you. Once again, sorry for the inconvenience. So glad you loved them!--Rebecca MacCurtain, Accessories Editor

I too was sickened when I saw the cover of the February issue. I could not read the article about Mrs. Obama for fear my head would explode. All I had to see were the first few sentences where she said that she wanted "to open a secret door that hadn't been opened to her" for disadvantaged girls. She went to Princeton and Harvard for pete's sake!!! She is the President's wife!!! What doors were not opened to her? What horrible miseries stood in her way on the road to Princeton. I really wish I knew, then I might understand her comment about her husband's election being the first time she has been proud to be an American.
You can cancel my subscription too. More magazine has succeeded in irritating the heck out of me.

Holly Tolley01.24.2012

Sorry, Lesley; but, the decision to put the First Lady on the cover during an election year was a wrong one. It implies a bias toward the party that is holding office; and, given the number of readers who are upset by that decision below, you might want to think about apologizing to your readers for the poor timing instead of making justifications for your decision.
Furthermore, you on on the cusp of losing me as a subscriber, as well. While I enjoyed your focus on fun and beauty at the helm of magazines I read when I was much younger, I've been extremely disappointed in the direction that More has taken with you at the helm. The magazine's focus has shifted too far in covering beauty and fashion, especially the anti-aging slant.
This magazine was supposed to be a celebration of older women, not something focused on trying to stop or turn back the hands of time. It would be nice if the magazine focused more on average American women's lives and issues. Most of us aren't former CEOs, celebrities, First Ladies or people starting charities in developing nations. Try to make the magazine relevant to its readers.

Just want to let you know that More has a history, like other magazines, of covering First Ladies--and as you know, there's only one at a time.. And we felt that Obama's mentoring program was newsworthy. As far as balancing coverage of women from both the right and left, I hope you do notice that we try as hard as we can to be even handed. We covered Cindy McCain just before she hit the campaign trail, Condi Rice when she was just leaving office, Meg Whitman when she was running for governor, Liz Cheney when she wrote her book with her dad, Lisa Murkowski's senate run, and in 2011 alone, two huge pieces about conservative women and politics (The Rise of the Mommy Patriots in May 2011 and Running for President in Heels which covered Bachmann and Palin in our December issue 2011). And just for the record: as soon as Palin was chosen VP, we were hot on her trail for a cover--for about a year and a half--but she declined--many times. And so far Ann Romney has passed on giving us an interview, though we haven't given up. No matter who becomes the next First Lady (we admit we were hoping for a him!), we will continue our tradition of asking her for a cover in the future.--Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor in Chief

Lori Nolan01.22.2012

Cancel my subscription! Michelle Obama....really??? Since when are you a political magazine? I will not even open this magazine. I am so disappointed in More.

Tanya 01.22.2012

Thank you for showcasing our first lady in such a beatiful light. Million of girls in America will be uplifted and inspired, as Iam I, to live a meaningful life. Love her and all she has done for America We are all blessed to have witnessed this presidency. Thank you for enlightening us.

CME 01.20.2012

When I went to my mailbox today and saw the February issue, I became ill seeing Michelle Obama on the front cover! Is there no end to the glorification of the liberals by the media? I think it's high time you did an article on some of the wonderful conservative women out there; Ann Romney or Carol Paul are an excellent start! By the way I just canceled my subscription online as I couldn't take a chance of finding another liberal getting publicity.

Christine 01.20.2012

I totally agree with Sandy. What a crushing disappointment to see Michelle on the cover of your magazine this month. I threw it away.
I don't remember seeing Laura Bush on the cover? How about Sarah Palin?
More (pun intended)agenda pushing by the media.
I just may cancel my subscription

Sue B Hardesty01.20.2012

Ever in search of cutting edge, youthful yet age appropriate wear has been a challenge for me - hence me being a huge fan of Stylebook, Fashion for Grownups (though I chafe at the Grownup title as well). Unfortunately, your column is apparently SO cutting edge that I rarely can find items featured that really make me go woo-hoo. This months woo-hoo was the gold sequin and canvas sneakers. I went to Converse.com with credit card in hand. After a 45 minute search along with an attempt to design my OWN shoes, I had absolutely no luck. I even spoke with the personal shoppers on the website and they had no idea what I was talking about. This is at least the third time this has happened to me. It's the little things that make me happy but feel like bigger things when they make me sad. Help? I need gold sequin happy feet to sustain my reputation as being first and foremost, fashion-wise. Actually, red sequin and canvas tennies could be even better? Help?

Sandy McMaster01.18.2012

I'm really disappointed that you fell for the "exclusive interview" which is really the Obama's way of kick starting the campaign. You got suckered by their PR machine. In fairness, are we going to get an exclusive interview/cover story with Ann Romney or Carol Paul?

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