I must confess; whilst they were still in publication, I bought every issue of Ellegirl (both UK and US) editions and I still do succumb to Teen Vogue every month.  Flawed as Teen Vogue is with its excessive advertising, skewed portrayal of the young privileged American teenager and overly sacharrine/energetic posing (a lot of laughing and jumping), I also appreciate that the fashion aspirations it presents for its target audience is varied, in-depth and fun/cute in a way that most of the time doesn’t seem trite or forced.  For people who are way past their teen-dom like myself, I like to take something from that teen mag stash.  In fact the price-points of the designers they feature, if anything are more suited to people who have stable post-uni jobs really (I got confused when I first started buying this Americana teen stash when I was 17 and the whole mag was filled with Marc Jacobs and Luella wondering whether every American teenager was decked out in this stuff…).

When Elle Girl folded in both the US and the UK, I did think it was a shame especially since the UK now REALLY lacks a magazine that speaks truly to that 13-19yr old age group on a fashion level.  Yes, there were some really cringingly poor moments in the magazine but the present state of teen-mag barrenness is not preferrable I don’t think.  It may be that youngsters have turned their backs on print media and instead focus on the web (forums, blogs) but I’ve seen them squirrelling away their pocket money on Nylon and Teen Vogue (hence why they’re stocked at practically every newsagent in London and not just big bookstores) and I can’t help but lament the lack of a UK-based teen mag when it seems to me that teens here are SO energetic and enthusiastic when it comes to pursuing fashion. 

Anyway, rant/rave over.  I’m heading over to New Malden (known as Korea Town in London) where I can hopefully find Vogue Girl Korea (which Fashion is Spinach loves so much…) and Elle Girl Korea, which both have impressively fashion forward editorials that are not alarmingly edgy but does push the boat out to healthily encourage a good ‘mix’ in one’s style.  My guilty pleasure teen stash just got a whole lot more expensive…

From Elle Girl Korea Oct 2007

From Vogue Girl Korea Sept 2007

All from TFS

Comments (31)

  1. jeannie says:

    being a korean woman waaaay too old for teen anything – i must admit i succumb to teen vogue every month for the same reasons. it seems like a little novella version of ‘grown up’ vogue. same point but a much more light handed approach. maybe if i was a teen i’d feel the pressure but since i’m not, i’m very much enjoying.
    i have no idea where to find teen vogue korea in nyc. any ideas??
    (also coincidentally i came across that model in the top spread’s blog the other day, if you were curious it’s iliketoforkmyself.blogspot.com)

  2. Gryphon says:

    I secretly suspect ELLEgirl Korea is where Irina Lazaraneau steals all her outfit ideas.

  3. Laia says:

    I used to always buy Elle Girl as well, but after Brandon Holley left I thought it went down the drain. As for Teen Vogue, even though I really love their fashion editorials, the content was starting to get on my nerves (the overprivileged american teenager bit).
    Those Korean magazines are awesome though!

  4. Choms says:

    I am a korean girl slightly past my teens and I love Vogue Korea and Elle Girl Korea. Sometimes it’s not so good but I just buy them just for the heck of it:) I just feel like I have to have them every month. Anyway I was really surprised to see familiar pictures on your blog.

  5. anna says:

    You probably can’t get it in the UK but ellegirl the Netherlands can eb pretty amazing from time too time for a teen magazine. They have a free online version from time to time http://www.ellegirldigital.nl which is definitely worth a look.

  6. indie says:

    Yes, ElleGirl was amazing, though I mostly bought the US version. One of the magazines that have folded that I really miss.

  7. Elli says:

    I agree, I used to love Elle Girl. Waaay less stupid sections on boy tips (CRINGE!) and a more serious attempt to bridge the gap between young teens and more adventurous fashion. RIP.

  8. Hi5 Codes says:

    Very very unique clothing… I like it. It’s a bit muted though =/

  9. k says:

    I love the 5th pic of the girl in grey satin dress & pink hat, even if she going to be mowed down by a lawnmower, ha. Also the one where the model is holding the robot’s hand.

  10. hoyan says:

    my god! these are beautiful. i wish i could buy ellegirl korea here! but as the other commentor said we have Dutch ElleGirl which can be quite nice as well, but the shoots are just not at such a standard as these you show here.

  11. I adore teenvogue, and I am well past it as well!!! those pictures are very beautiful indeed.

  12. Leah says:

    I completely agree with the lack of teen fashion magazines in the UK. I notice a lot of people I know (most being around 16/17) buy magazines such as vogue or elle or something similar, which having read, can be a little dull and irrelevant on occasion because of who the magazines are actually aimed at.
    Having said that, I went through Mizz (aimed at 13 year olds I think) when I was about 10, then it was Cosmogirl for a while and then ellegirl until it folded (I think I was about 14 when it stopped). My point is, that I think most teens (generalising a little here) feel they grow out of ‘teen’ magazines fast.

  13. Lauren says:

    I’m really disapointed with the lack of UK teen fashion magazines. I’m 15 and I’m already subscribing to Vogue and Elle, because I love to read magazines. These magazines provide the information, but they’re hard to relate to beause of my age. I’ve read a few Teen Vogues, but I agree that it’s all a bit typical OC kid, with all these labels I could only hope to afford after uni.
    Magazines like Sugar and CosmoGirl are my worst nightmare and that’s all that’s really available. The pictures from Elle Girl Korea are pretty stunning, now that’s what the UK needs.

  14. kseniya says:

    hey
    i am just wondering if anyone know anything about chinese street fashion (hong kong included) and generally what fashionable teenagers wear over there. its just because my GCSE art project right now is on china and i would love to do a section on fashion, but the websites that i find through google are quite limited. any helpful websites would be appreciated or anything at all really!!!
    thank you
    kseniya
    xxx

  15. the demise of ellegirl definitely left a gaping hole for the teen-fashion-set who won’t settle for WAG-style. If there was 1 that mixed stunning visuals with editorials that nursed our empty-wallet worries and opened our minds…
    on the other hand though, i think naturally as a teen you want to look to somethings that represent a life more sexy, extravagant + ‘grown up’ than u cud wear or afford. i filled my void by watchin copious SATC reruns and closing my eyes when samantha was onscreen (in more ways than 1; hello neon-vomit couture)!
    xx

  16. I miss ELLEgirl! i won a charity fashion show from an essay contest i wrote in to them. they brought stylists, clothes, donations.. it changed my life!
    it was what made me realize that fashion is the industry i truly wanted to work in!
    xoxo
    R.I.P. ElleGirl USA! šŸ™

  17. Yes! If you want to read my opinion on it then feel free to check out http://fashion-tidbits.blogspot.com/2007/10/flicking-through-london.html
    because I wrote about how great there are too! šŸ™‚

  18. Gem says:

    Yeah I get Teen Vogue every month. Even though I’m no longer a teen I find it way more accessible than Vogue. These Korean mags kick ass, I cant see one pic I don’t like!

  19. debbie says:

    I really like the sixth picture.. The background is so beautiful and the girl’s red silky dress complements it so well. Although the oversized boots dont seem to match…

  20. marie says:

    Is that Daul in the first few pictures?
    Her blog is pretty interesting, well, funny too, she is an artist and model(mcqueen, chanel cruise, helmut lang..etc etc :
    http://www.iliketoforkmyself.blogspot.com/
    I remember when i was a teenager and my mum brought these back from korea, and I would dive straight in..it probably looked like I didnt care that she had been overseas for 2 weeks.. hehe.
    Beautiful shoot, it reminds me of a Meisel shoot a few years ago in Vogue italia with robots (which i love).
    I think Korean magazines are more adventurous, part of it I think is that maybe Koreans are more into the fantastical side of things. THanks for featuring that, Most people only think of korea as bbq and a stupid border..
    Seeing as Im in aussie though, I should direct you to look at some australian teenage mags.. LIke YEN (same group as DAZED) they bring out a great illustration book ‘CURVY’ every year, and Frankie (some nice illustrations in there too, but less fashion), and RUSSH (my personal favourite, for more interesting fashion shoots, generally more fashion-y). They only cost $7.50 in AUstralia, so its going to be almost 1/2 that in Pounds..
    http://www.frankie.com.au/cms/
    http://www.yenmag.net/news/
    http://www.russhaustralia.com

  21. Susan says:

    You should start a fashion magazine for teenagers! It would be actually awesome. Or someone should, we are severely lacking good fashion for teens! I still look through my old Ellegirls for inspriration, they are quite lovely.

  22. emily says:

    i love KOREA land (new malden)
    my friend lives there (she is korean) and we go to this big koreon supermarket it is so kl

  23. Joelle says:

    im not th only person that misses elle girl! i loved elle girl and was devastated when i realised it had disappeared-and then the usa one went as well. i preferred the uk version but now i hav neither. cosmogirl, the us seventeen and teen vogue i still manage to buy sometimes though

  24. helena says:

    these pictures are wonderful!!! i am absolutely obsessed with that thread now.

  25. Drusilla says:

    I had a serious phase of magazine-missing earlier in the month, and I was a bit bereft when ElleGirl closed (it’s so much, for lack of a better word, friendlier than things like Teen Vogue)..
    I know I’m well out of my teens but I still can’t resist the odd peek in the teen mag section- grown-up Vogues are incredibly intimidating, Teen Vogue being just irritating on occasion is easier to deal with.

  26. Harrods Girl says:

    I thought ElleGirl was pretty cool back then. But my fav teen mag is definitely Teen Vogue. I still buy it even though I feel old sometimes reading it. Haha, but you’re right about the brands, sometimes it seems like half the magazine is a Marc by MJ catalogue.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I am seriously impressed with the high-fashion mags of Korea….in Japan its rare to see the Vogue/Elle type mags(and many other fashion spreads for that matter) featuring Asian models…anything edgy is supposed to feature a white person. I think this has proved them wrong and it’s nice to see clothes worn by somebody I can relate to!

  28. Christina says:

    Hi! Where abouts in New Malden can you get korean teen vogue/ellegirl..? and how much are they?

  29. Louiza says:

    I miss ELLEGirl too šŸ™ I read ELLE now but it’s waaay too expensive for me – ELLEGirl was full of H&M and Topshop, much better-suited to my budget! (I’m 17)

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