Lesley, I'm 48 and a long-time reader. For the first time I've had a really negative reaction to an issue - September 2013 with Angie Harmon on the cover.
The first is the cover - what to wear at 30, 40, 50. I started reading More at 40 because it was for women my age and beyond. I read articles and saw photos of fabulous women in their 60s that inspired me and made me not fear growing older. With that one headline More has now brought in a demographic that I distinctly wish to distinguish myself from - 30s - and taken out one that is important, relevant, and an inspiration to me - women in their 60s. It's insulting and a clear shift from the mission that Ms Blyth established when she started More and why I started reading More in the first place.
The second was the article on Georgina Chapman. You write in your editorial "No woman could be profiled without giving her age." How old is Ms Chapman? According to Wikipedia she's 37 but it's not listed in your article. It was an obvious omission that goes against the spirit and heart of More.
I want Myrna Blyth's More back. It was honest and clear in its vision for 40+ women - not trying to deceive and appeal to advertisers and a demographic.
--Lisa L. Davenport
I am a visitor to US, and had chance to read your mag. MORE. The article by Jennifer, What Do We............ I would like to talk about. To abandon our aging parents can only happen here in the western part of the world. It is shame on part of humanity and vernacular human values. This is even shocking that such issues are written and discussed in your mag! Do we abandon or throw out our handicapped child? Quite possible may be in this part of world! May be u love your pets more than your kids and parents! This is a dollar culture anyway! In this culture the moto is only sale and get dollars in return! Even if it comes to that u will sale your beloved kids and parents to a prospective customer! I don't deny this happening in eastern culture, but the percentage is very negligible.
It is our responsibility by humane values to take utmost care of our parents old or young. This is what is to us a civilized culture!
I just wanted to say that I am SO disappointed that you have extended your coverage to include 30-somethings. I loved that MORE was for us older women and was able to really focus on products/clothing that suited us, our health, our stage in life.
I feel you have caved to the call of money in opening up your mag to younger women. I'm in my mid-50's and do not want to look at the fashions my daughter wears. Nor do I want to hear about their career choices as I am in such a different place.
Your reach is now too broad to adequately address any age group with much depth. So disappointed...
Dear Ms. Seymour,
I have been a subscriber to MORE magazine for several years. I have enjoyed the magazine and found it to have some helpful tips. I particularly enjoyed the Letter from the Editor in the September 2013 issue. It was fun to learn how the magazine got its name.
I wanted to point out a couple of things. On your website under the Speak Out!section, it says write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. When you click on the address, a caption comes up that says this site isn't working as the site wasn't initialized correctly. You might want to look into this.
The other thing that has always bothered me about the magazine is the references about age. Every issue you feature women of certain ages. This is what 30, 40, 50, 60 looks like. I have yet to see you feature a woman 70 or 80. I was wondering why that is. I am 73 and it always makes me feel that I no longer count I am invisible and not worth mentioning. I have lots of vital women friends who are over 70. Women are living longer and healthier today. I would like your magazine to acknowledge us and include us too.
Dear Lesley Jane Seymour,
In your August magazine, you showed on page 28 and ostrich bag by Henri Bendel.