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|Editors||Nicole Picart and Blanche Rival|
|Categories||Fashion, Women's magazine|
|Country||France (other editions worldwide)|
|Language||French (other editions worldwide in other languages)|
The publication is dedicated to trends in beauty and fashion. The editorial approach and the design target readers with high incomes, with luxury good advertising, and publishing articles for readers with a familiarity with current affairs.
Among its regular features are : Culture Madame, Rendez-vous Madame (public events and places), mode / accessoires et beauté (fashion, accessories, and beauty), le Carnet de Stéphane Bern (Stéphane Bern's journal), and the pages Conversation, Week-end, and others.
The first edition was published April 26, 1980. However, the first issue was dated May 1980. Madame Figaro was spearheaded by Robert Hersant, who succeeded Jean Prouvost (creator of the French women's fashion magazine Marie Claire). The magazine experienced immediate success, owing to its diverse contents, and the quality of the writing, targeting affluent readers. The first female Editor-in-Chief of the magazine was Marie-Claire Pauwels, daughter of Louis Pauwels. The launch of Madame Figaro in 1980 marked a distinct distancing from the feminist movement of the preceding decade (notably from the movement to "liberate pornography" that had a goal of seizing power from the dominant moral and religious institutions). Madame Figaro had its origins as a single page feature appearing in Figaro Magazine, because that magazine's majority of readers were female, drawn to its orientation towards topics on culture and the art of living (l’art de vivre). Le Figaro publishes a number of other supplements, each on a particular day of the week, for example, an economic news supplement, a supplement for its Paris-region readers, and so on.
Madame Figaro is devoted solely to topics interesting to female readers. This has included such highly-debated topics of the 1980s as: sexual relationships between men and women; aspirations towards equality between the sexes and to further women's emancipation; how to make families succeed during marriage; children and strong families.
Madame Figaro is a mainstream women's magazine, feminine and a vehicle for ideas that are both liberal and conservative, since the beginning of the 1980s. A vital part of "Madame Figaro's" content is its focus on enhancing women's careers, and challenging conventional views of women's roles in society. Madame Figaro was among the first news publications in France to publish feature-length articles on the condition of women in foreign countries, using its own journalists.
The worlds of fashion, beauty and interior design are the fundamental content of the magazine. Articles discussing elegance and distinction, all while taking a critical view of fashion's social conformity, have been hallmarks of the presentation of fashion in Madame Figaro.
Culture in its broad sense occupies a place of importance in Madame Figaro, from literature, to history, as well as music. The magazine has had many articles on French celebrities such as Jean Giono, Jean Anouilh, as well as the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan.
During the 1990s, the women's supplement to Figaro expanded into several countries, such as Japan and Turkey, following the trend of globalization in women's magazines.
Madame Figaro is still in publication today. It still appears with the Saturday edition of Le Figaro.
Madame Figaro today
The magazine published an online edition today in addition to its paper edition (at madame.lefigaro.fr/). A part of the content of Madame Figaro is accessible free of charge online. The online edition also has several blogs dedicated to fashion and beauty topics, such as Fashion, etc… by Claudine Hesse.
The current Director of Publishing (as of 2012) is Anne-Florence Schmitt. The magazine has two Editors-in-Chief, who are: Nicole Picart (Fashion), Blanche Rival (magazine)
Notable former contributors
- Princess Grace of Monaco
- Geneviève Gennart
- Élisabeth Gassier
- Marie-Dominique Sassin
- Constance Poniatowski
- Christine Clerc
Grand Prix Littéraire (Literary Grand Prize)
The Grand Prix Littéraire de l'Héroïne Madame Figaro is a prize awarded every year since 2006 by the magazine. It is awarded to a writer, who by her writing, has made a contribution to the biography genre.
- 2010: Violaine Binet, Diane Arbus (Grasset)
- 2009: Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar, Ceux qui ne dormaient pas (Stock)
- 2008: Marie-Dominique Lelièvre, Sagan à toute allure (Denoël)
- 2007: Dominique Bona, Camille et Paul: La passion claudel (Grasset)
- 2006: Angie David, Dominique Aury (Léo Scheer)
- Baudriller, Marc (16 February 2012). "Les suppléments du Figaro dopent les recettes du groupe". Challenges (in French) (288): 6. ISSN 0751-4417.
- Claire Blandin, Le Figaro : Deux siècles d’histoire, Armand Colin, 2007, p.264
- Marianne Lohse, « 40 femmes qui font la France », Madame Figaro, n° 11420, May 1981, p.18
- Marie-Claire Pauwels, « Madame Figaro ou le snobisme de masse », Les Échos de la Presse et de la Publicité, n° 1476, 15 December 1986, p. 44
- Catherine Caubere, « Découvrez la Provence de Giono », Madame Figaro, n°11242, October 1980, p.20
- Constance Pontiatowski et Marion Thebaud, « Les spectacles du mois », Madame Figaro, n°11528, September 1981, p.10
- Jacques Doucelin et Jean-Luc Wachthausen, « Les disques du mois », Madame Figaro, n°11528, September 1981, p.22
- Fashion, etc. sur http://blog.madame.lefigaro.fr/hesse/