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Saturday 16 October 2010

Cosmopolitan magazine global editions

Ah, Cosmopolitan magazine - you certainly get around.

The international magazine for women was first published in 1886 in the United States as a family magazine, later developed into a literary magazine, and in the late 1960s became the women's magazine it is today.

Published by Hearst Magazines, Cosmopolitan has 58 international editions, is printed in 34 languages and is distributed in more than 100 countries. Wow-ser. That's a lot of advice on sex, cheating, sex, relationships, sex, life, and pages and pages of fashion.

Before the arrival of the legendary Helen Gurley Brown at Cosmo HQ in 1965, the publication's circulation was on the decline. Helen remodelled the magazine as 'New Cosmopolitan'.

It was then renamed Cosmopolitan in 1967, and it was in the early 1970s when Cosmopolitan became a women's magazine.

In Helen's early years as editor, the magazine copped lots of criticism, especially when it ran a near-nude centerfold of actor Burt Reynolds in April 1972. Despite the controversy, it propelled Cosmopolitan to the forefront of American popular culture.

In April 1978, Cosmopolitan Man was published as a trial - Jack Nicholson and Aurore Clément were the cover stars. It was published twice in 1989 as a supplement to Cosmopolitan.

The UK edition of Cosmopolitan - born in 1972 - was well known for sexual explicitness and in 1999, spinoff mag CosmoGIRL! was launched, which ceased in December 2008.

Some of the languages you will see Cosmopolitan written in include Italian, Korean, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Spanish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Polish, Indonesian, Hebrew, Estonian, Romanian, Georgian, Russian, German, French, Malaysian, and Vietnamese.

It was banned in Singapore until recently, and in French-speaking Canada, the magazine is sold under a different name: Cosmopolite. While in Brazil, it is known as Cosmopolitan Nova.

Cheers to Cosmo!

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