We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

Dear More Editors,

I'm not a regular reader of your magazine, but I might become one after buying the latest issue and opening up to The Fine Prints fashion layout featuring Danai Guria. It is absolutely stunning! And kudos to More for featuring African Americans of all shades as part of your magazine, something rarely seen among the majority of magazines today. The actress, the fashion, the background were all gorgeous.  I will have to check out More magazine "more" often!

Best-
--Kristin Curry

Dear More Magazine,

I love your magazine.  I started reading your magazine years ago when I would "sneak" my Mom's copy while I was in my 30's and I continue now in my 40's with my own subscription.

When I read March's issue last night (cover to cover), I was pleased to see "What to wear in your...." in your Stylebook section.  I started at the beginning looking at the suggestions for women in their 30's and agreed, those are not for me.  Then I moved on to the 40's (my age group) and thought "well, sort of...but not exactly".  I kept on looking at the suggestions for 50's and even 60's and got really excited!  Those two were more my speed, things I would choose, and some great suggestions I hadn't thought of.  I found it sort of strange that I would be drawn to the "older ladies" clothing and then reread the summaries at the beginning of each section.  For the 50's it's "Your kids aren't little anymore. Time to sex it up, make investments and add some edge." The 60's had "You know who you are - and which body parts are holding up, flatter the best, camouflage the rest." BINGO!  Both of those really hit home for me. Style isn't and shouldn't be about your age, but about how you feel in your body and your life!  Clothing is how we express ourselves no matter the age!  I'm a confident, sexy woman with grown kids and I certainly know what looks good on my body!  :-)  So, please, in the future, get rid of the age categories and focus more on the attitude!!!

Keep up the good work - we need you!!

Best Regards,
--Mary Gafner

Dear Lesley,
After reading “This is What 30, 40, 50 Looks Like” in the April edition of MORE, I was moved to write you. Thank you for including so many women who have embraced their beautiful silver, gray, and white locks. They are all stunning and inspiring to me.

After much consideration and soul searching, I made the decision to stop coloring my medium brown hair five months ago. Opening MORE to see strong beautiful mature women in all their silver glory affirmed to me that MORE finally recognizes the beauty of mother nature as she leaves her mark in this next phase of our lives. I was beginning to be bothered by how rarely grey haired women were seen in MORE. That has changed. Thank goodness. We exist. We are have amazing stories. And we are BEAUTIFUL. Just ask Cindy Joseph, the pro-age diva gracing magazine covers these days. I hope some day, in the not- too- distant future, we will see women’s product advertisements in MORE no longer touting anti-age this and anti-age that. It is a negative approach to the natural progression of life. And it doesn’t enrich women’s psyche. But I know your magazine is working on that...changing the mindset of the cosmetic industry. It’s a hard nut to crack.

In closing, I thank for all you do for women, especially mature women. I have cut out more than a few articles to share with my doctors. Your medical information is always cutting edge. Keep up the great work.
Warmly,
--Jo Anna Kloster

Words can't express enough how much I love Regina King as the 'Woman of Interest'.  First..the photo..Beautiful with a capital B.  It so captures her beauty, strength and spirit.  One of my favorites, she has been around for years as an actress and I still feel as though she is one of the many under recognized actresses in the industry.  Such talent should be showcased more.  Excited to see she has added director to her repertoire and looking forward to her next project which I hope will be an Emmy.
--Saundra Louise Penn

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Comments

Lynn Cadogan04.17.2013

I have never written a magazine before but you are always asking for comments and feed back, so I felt compelled to write. I enjoy reading MORE and share it with friends when I finish. The articles are appropriate and very informative but in looking at the ads I find a big discrepancy in the age of women you are "writing" for and the appearance of the models. Except for maybe Diane Keaton, I couldn't find a model that looked "mature" and had any wrinkles. I would like to see more advertising with vibrant, more mature realistic looking women since that is the demographic your magazine is written for. Thanks for letting me share my comment.

04.05.2013

I read More cover-to-cover every month and have never written in before, but the article on the pills we can't kick was a major eye-opener. I was prescribed Effexor 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was supposed to stop the hot flashes brought on by suddenly stopping HRT. After reading your article, I began to research Effexor and found that it causes hot flashes(!) and many other pretty nasty side effects. I started to taper off a few weeks ago and stopped taking it completely 6 days ago. The withdrawals are awful--really, truly awful--but I know eventually they will stop and I will no longer be putting my health in jeopardy taking a drug that isn't even meant to do what it was prescribed to do. If I still have hot flashes, I will suffer them naturally. I already take Black Cohash and will add other supplements or vitamins to help. Thank you so much for such an important article.

Carol 03.21.2013

No no no.....no 30 somethings in More! You promised a magazine for women over 40 - please honor that! And while you are at it, it wouldn't hurt to add "This is what 70 looks like". I read More front to back and back to front. I used to shop your ads for products I knew would be for me at my age.....but this is uncomfortably becoming more of my daughters' magazine. We deserve the More original market - I am waiting to spend....

03.07.2013

I love More, and I love Connie Britton. And believe me, I am no prude. But I did not love the girlie-mag photos that accompanied an otherwise very good story on this very interesting, strong and intelligent woman. Did I pick up the wrong magazine? Have I turned into my Great-Aunt Lila Lee, who would have been shocked and appalled by the overtly sexy display of Ms. Britton's bits, barely covered with scanty scraps? I believe in celebrating our fabulousness. But I have to wonder -- to what audience were you playing with those photos? Has More decided to be Maxim?

Julie 03.04.2013

I have become very disillusioned with MORE. It seems you are trying to reach a younger demographic (already more than well served) by including the 30s, whilst paying less attention to women in their 60s and 70s. I am 51 and have nothing in common with women in their 30s with regards to skin care, lifestyle, etc. Reading other womens' comments, I see I am not alone in this point of view. I would love to hear from the Editor on why the 30 somethings are now included.

Kate Dockham03.03.2013

I enjoy your magazine, but often think it is geared to women of a different lifestyle than my on-the-go mom and teacher life. I was looking through the Stylebook: Dressing for the Decades, and found a pair of shoes I had to have whether in the teacher budget or not. So I went to the Vince Camuto site to find the studded black sandals shown and nothing! How disappointing that I finally take the plunge and follow a piece of information from your magazine only to be unable to even find a picture of the same sandals. It is only March 3rd, hard to believe the season/trend/moment has eclipsed me already. Just another lesson for this everyday teacher to learn.
Sadly Shoeless,
Kate Dockham

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