Cosmopolitan Magazine, known around the world simply as Cosmo, began back in 1886 as a family magazine. The first issue stated that the magazine would have one section devoted strictly to women’s concerns and fashion. By 1892, the magazine was selling more than 100,000 copies a month.
In 1905, William Hearst purchased the magazine. By the 1930s, the magazine had 1.7 million subscribers and an advertising income of $5 million. The magazine began to lose its appeal during the 1950s and by 1965, it needed new blood. Helen Gurley Brown was hired as editor in 1965 and she turned the magazine on its head.
Known for her liberal views on women and sex, as well as an avowed feminist, the magazine began posting frank stories regarding sex and advice for more modern women.
The magazine has, more and more over the years, featured very racy covers and some models wearing next to nothing. The magazine is published in 35 languages and in 64 countries. The magazine has found new life in the “discover” portion of SnapChat, where young women hope to become models for the magazine.
The magazine recently published its first male model in December 2019.
In November 2019, editor Jessica Pels reveals how she got the job and the worst advice she ever received (Say yes to everything).
Headquarters for Cosmopolitan remain where it was founded, in New York, New York.