Forms That Function In Madison Magazine’s Body Issue

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From race day frocks to dodgy pharmaceuticals, the November issue of Madison has tips, tricks, advice and avoidances for the ambitious, sexy and socially aware woman

Madison Magazine November Issue Cover

We're all insecure about our bodies

Madison calls itself - a magazine like no other- for good reason, and that celebration of real women with real bodies and real concerns is on full display in it’s feature-packed November issue.

Cover girl Jessica Gomes sets the mood and pace, posing for a series of tastefully photographed nude shots that showcase her curves, even as the in-demand Australian model remembers seriously considering breast reduction surgery just prior to the sports magazine spread that put her on the international modelling map.

“We’re all insecure about our bodies,” says Gomes in a frank and forthright interview that serves as a rallying cry for normal, healthy women. “But I’m not perfect. I think a lot of girls can relate to me because I’m not super-thin and I’ve got boobs and a bum. And I actually look pretty good.”

On Your Mark, Get Set…
Going to the races is a rite of Spring, and to do the day up right Madison editors assemble an 18-page style guide to the best dresses, shoes, bags and accessories to win, place and show.

“Neat, precise and pretty” is the rallying cry, with turbans supplanting fascinators and real world suggestions to look one’s best cantering through Derby Day (monochrome), Cup Day (colors) and Ladies Day (pastels).

Up-to-the-minute fashion news includes the latest and best sunglasses, sandals, separates and, of course, swimsuits for flattering summer fun.

Shaping Up
Now in it’s seventh month, the “Shape How-To” section offers summertime ensemble suggestions for the curvaceous woman. With strategies for a big bust, thick waist, heavy thighs and overall shapely figure, there’s something flattering and fashionable for every body type.

The women and men who make these fashion decisions sometimes revel in their fame, but just as often are happy to lurk in the background as their “muses” inhabit their creations. From Audrey Hepburn’s 40-year inspiration of Hubert de Givenchy to Karl Lagerfeld’s styling of Lily Allen and Marc Jacobs influence over Sofia Coppola, this fascinating chapter in fashion history is revealed as amongst the central relationships that have driven the industry.

Socially Networked
The journalism in Madison Magazine continues to be thought provoking and influential. Subjects under discussion in the November issue include the slippery slope of parental abuse, solid financial advice and career strategies for the modern, compassionate woman.

Amongst the established and on-the-rise celebrities profiled are designer Donna Karan of DKNY fame and actor Bradley Cooper, whose claim of being unable to land a date in high school doesn’t quite synch with the on-screen hunkiness that’s shot him to fame.

Author Megan Basham discusses the volatile issues surrounding her 2008 book “Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman’s Guide to Having it All” and its central idea that women should table their own ambitions to make their man the best he can be. “I expected more positive interest,” Basham says, neatly understating the feminist backlash towards her theories.

Equally controversial is “Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals,” which charts the frontier of treatment for female sexual dysfunction. “Do we really need more pills?” the article asks, and the surprising answers make it clear that the issue is both complex and cautionary.

The sounds of summer, the movies of the moment, the right rentals and books for the beach round out the cultural profile of the warm weather days ahead.

Madison, “a magazine like no other,” is available via subscription at, the one-stop source for magazines subscriptions, books, gift ideas and more.


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