Premiere Issue of “O, The Oprah Magazine,” the Women’s Personal Growth Guide for the 21st Century
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Editorial Highlights Include: Oprah Exclusive with Camille Cosby,
Singer/Actress Jewel’s Journal, Books That Made A Difference and
The “O” List
Hearst Magazines today introduces “O, The Oprah Magazine,” the women’s personal growth guide for the 21st century, debuting on newsstands nationwide Wednesday, April 19. The magazine addresses all aspects of a woman’s life, ranging from inner well-being, health and fitness, relationships and self-discovery, to fashion, home design, books and food. More than one million copies will be distributed at newsstands across the country.
As founder and editorial director, Oprah says, “I believe you’re here to become more of yourself, to live your best life. The magazine will present articles and stories of other people to help women look at their lives differently.”
“Our goal is to create a magazine that celebrates women’s lives,” said Ellen Kunes, editor-in-chief of “O, The Oprah Magazine.” “Starting with the beautiful cover photo of Oprah taken by Patrick Demarchelier, to the table of contents appearing in the front of the book — pages 2 and 3 — without the interruption of advertising, to the fashion spreads and feature stories, we have looked at ways to captivate and inspire readers.”
Among the stories in the premiere issue of “O” is an exclusive Oprah Q&A interview with Camille Cosby, the first Cosby has granted since the death of her and Bill Cosby’s son, Ennis. Each issue will have an opening column by Oprah, Let’s Talk, and a closing page by Oprah, What I Know For Sure.
Other editorial highlights from the premiere issue of “O, The Oprah Magazine” include:
— My Journal – Singer-actress Jewel opens her diary and her
soul. Noted persons will share their intimate thoughts and
turning points with “O” readers in every issue (p. 96).
— Tina Turner’s secret love of horror movies and scary books is
revealed in Who Knew? In every issue, find out what a
celebrity does that readers don’t know (p. 80).
— Tell It Like It Is – Every issue, contributing editor Dr. Phil
McGraw offers advice on relationships. In this issue, McGraw
advises readers about how to deal with selfish friends and
know-it-all husbands (p. 74).
— Financial Freedom – Suze Orman, “O” contributing editor,
provides insight in her column about money and how our
emotions are connected with financial matters (p. 84).
— Use Your Life – This regular feature in “O”, using the
inspiring real life stories of women, will focus on ways to
enhance your life by making a difference in someone else’s
life. In the debut issue, learn how one woman started by
making one sandwich and single-handedly was able to change
hundreds of children’s lives (p. 92).
— Dream Big – How and why one woman followed her lifelong
passion and traded a lucrative modeling career to pursue
creating pottery and housewares. In this regular section, “O”
presents stories about real women who have found personal
fulfillment (p. 70).
— Soul Story – What is a strong hunch? Contributing editor Gary
Zukav’s regular column will discuss being multi-sensory,
relying on the five senses and everything else around you
— The Color Of Love – Can a mixed-race woman and her prejudiced
grandmother reconcile? A personal story of love and
understanding (p. 117).
— The Hidden Power of Listening – A weekend without words. What
would you hear if you weren’t talking? How silence can confer
— Oprah To Go – Pocket-size cards with words of wisdom that you
can take with you (p. 130).
— The “O” List – Cozy PJs? Beautiful candles? E-books? In every
issue, discover a few of Oprah’s favorite things (p. 135).
— Get Set To Get Fit – Each issue, contributing editor Bob
Greene will provide “O” readers with a back-to-basics program,
complete with a Health-4-2000 contract. Greene provides
helpful hints and inspirational stories on how to achieve your
health-related goals (p. 184).
— Connect With Your Friends This Weekend – A girls-only retreat
can be a well-deserved break. “O” chronicles one group’s
weekend retreat and shows you how to plan your own getaway to
recharge with your friends (p. 204).
— Give Yourself Some Flowers – Treat yourself to petals and
Alice Walker poetry too (p. 214).
— Sunday: The Day Just For You – Oprah’s suggestions for giving
yourself the gift of a day to yourself (p. 252).
— Breathing Space: Still Waters – Every issue will feature an
inspirational photograph that invites your mind to escape.
This issue, a serene mountainside lake (p. 258).
— Books That Made A Difference: Oprah on The Four Agreements – In
the premiere issue, Oprah reveals a book that changed her life
with four simple rules to live by. In every issue, this feature
will provide an excerpt from a book — old or new — that has
influenced someone’s life. The person sharing his/her special
book will also let “O” readers into his/her private library
“O, The Oprah Magazine” is a co-venture between Hearst Magazines and Harpo Entertainment Group. The premiere May/June issue will have a distribution of one million copies. The first and second issues will stay on the newsstand for two months and the magazine will go monthly in September. The magazine has an oversized format (9 x 10 7/8) and the cover price is $2.95.
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