Femina (India)

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Femina (India) November 2009 cover.jpg
November 2009 issue of Femina
CategoriesWomen's magazine
PublisherThe Times Group
First issueJuly 1959
CompanyWorldwide Media
Based inMumbai
LanguageEnglish, Hindi, Bengali and Tamil
WebsiteFemina India website
OCLC number1327320

Femina is an Indian magazine. It is owned by Worldwide Media, a 50:50 joint venture between BBC Worldwide and The Times Group.[1]

Femina, the oldest women’s English magazine in the country, has been capturing the essence of the Indian woman for almost six decades now. It has not just accompanied but also evolved with her over the years, by covering a broad spectrum of topics, from relationships to career, fashion and beauty, and women achievers who have left a mark in their chosen field. Expanding its digital footprint, Femina India today has a huge following on social media—2.8 million on Facebook, 556,600 on Instagram and 552,000 on Twitter.

The bimonthly magazine also branched out into regionals with Femina Hindi[2], Femina Bangla[3] and Femina Tamil[4] to interact with the modern woman in the language and style she is most comfortable with. Apart from this, it also publishes Femina Salon & Spa, which is distributed directly to the beauty businesses in India every month, and verticals such as Femina Brides, Femina Parenting,  and Femina Cookbook at varying periodicity every year.

Some of its Marque properties are Femina Beauty Awards[5], Femina Women Awards[6], Femina Stylista[7], Femina Showcase[8] and few more.

History and profile[edit]

Femina was founded in 1959.[1][9] The magazine was first published in July 1959.[9] It has organized and sponsored the Femina Miss India beauty pageant since 1964.[citation needed] From 1994 to 1999, it also sponsored the Femina Look of the Year contest to send an Indian contestant to the Elite Model Look competition.[citation needed]

Editor 1959- present[edit]

Frene Talyakhan, after working as an editor with magazines like Trend and Flair, became the editor of Femina in 1959, when Flair was bought over by the Times of India group. The staff under her editorship were Ina Sen, Vimala Patil, Anita Sarkar and Nina Merchant. Patil became the editor of Femina in 1973, and remained so for the next 20 years[10]. Patil was followed by Sathya Saran, who served as the editor from 1993 till 2005. Amy Fernandes held the post for a brief period of two years, i.e., from 2005 to 2007, post Saran, and was followed by Tanya Chaitanya, who is serving as the current editor of the magazine.

Tagline 1976- present[edit]

Femina's efforts to keep in sync with the changing times, becomes evident through its choice of tagline that accompanied the issues over the years. It exemplifies what kind of women it was trying to target at a particular time, as well as, what image of itself it wanted to be associated with. The tagline played a crucial role in the magazine's market strategy[11]. The March 1976 issue has the tagline "Something exciting to look forward to every fortnight." By February 1978, the tagline is reduced to three precise words, "Thoughtful, Contemporary, Aware." From January to July 1981, the tagline, "The Exciting World of Women", aligns Femina's identity more as a women centric magazine. By August 1981, it changes to "A woman's window to the world." In September 1982 issue, the tagline accompanying the Femina logo is "Woman at her best."

In the 1990s, the magazine carried the tagline "For the woman of substance." By 2000, the tagline shifts to "Generation W", replacing the earlier label, and so addressing all the woman of a generation, and not just a select few women who are considered to be of substance, becoming more inclusive and broad[12]. It shifts to "Believe" till 2009 and then by 2010 changes to "For all the women you are." According to Tarun Rai, the CEO of Worldwide Media the reason behind the new tagline was to "celebrate how far the contemporary Indian woman has come" and that Femina "continues to be a beacon of change for her."[13] For Prachi Tiwari, Femina's brand publisher, this tagline is to pay a tribute to the "multifaceted woman of today, who is more than one person, playing more than one role."[14]

In 2014, Femina relaunched with the tagline "Be Unstoppable", which is its present running tagline. For Tarun Rai, "Be Unstoppable" seeks to capture what the Femina brand believes in which is that the modern women of India today have the confidence "to lives their lives on their terms and achieve more."[15]

"Prescription" Column[edit]

A new column was introduced in the late 1980s, specifically dedicated to answer any form of sexual dilemmas faced by women. Thousands of letters were written to "Prescription", a column on sex, where queries were answered by gynaecologists like Dr. Prakash Kothari and Dr. Mahinder Watsa. Letters were written to the magazine from all over India, seeking advice on the most private of dilemmas.[16]


  1. ^ a b Dana McLachlin; Tara Dhakal; Pramada Menon (Spring 2012). "For All the Women You Are": National Identity, Gender, and Tradition/Modernity in Indian Women's Magazines". School for International Training India. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ "महिलाओं की पत्रिका/मैगजीन - फ़ैशन, सौंदर्य, रिश्ते, स्वास्थ्य, खानपान – Women's Hindi Magazine". फेमिना हिन्दी (in Hindi). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  3. ^ "মহিলাদের পত্রিকা- ফ্যাশন, সৌন্দর্য, সম্পর্ক, স্বাস্থ্য- Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Tips for Women in Bengali". ফেমিনা বাংলা (in Bengali). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  4. ^ "பெண்களுக்கான இதழ் – ஃபேஷன், அழகு, உறவுகள், ஆரோக்கியம் | ஃபெமினா தமிழ் | Women's Magazine - Fashion, Beauty, Relationships, Health | Femina Tamil". பெமினா (in Tamil). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  5. ^ "Nykaa.com Femina Beauty Awards 2018: winners". femina.in. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  6. ^ "Our winner in the education category, Aarti Naik, grew up in the slums of Mumbai before she started SAKHI, an organisation focused on providing safe learning spaces for girls in their slums. She received the award from actor Tisca Chopra and Sanjay Bhagwanani, GM, Distribution Channel, Havells". femina.in. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  7. ^ "Femina Stylista North 2018 ends on a grand note". femina.in. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  8. ^ "Beauty, trendy fashion and fun at the Femina Showcase". femina.in. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  9. ^ a b Amrita Madhukalya (19 July 2015). "Of recipes and G-spots: On India's 'magazine era'". dna. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  10. ^ "CHPATERIV THE ROLE AND PROBLEMS OF WOMEN JOURNALISTS IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA Women and Social Change in Contemporary India The par" (PDF). webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  11. ^ Thapan, Meenakshi (2009). Living the Body: Embodiment, Womanhood and Identity in Contemporary India. SAGE Publications. p. 67. ISBN 9788178299013.
  12. ^ Thapan, Meenakshi (2009). Living the Body: Embodiment, Womanhood and Identity in Contemporary India. SAGE Publications. p. 66. ISBN 9788178299013.
  13. ^ Halve, Anand (2011-12-31). Darwin's Brands: Adapting for Success. SAGE Publishing India. ISBN 9788132119098.
  14. ^ Halve, Anand (2011-12-31). Darwin's Brands: Adapting for Success. SAGE Publishing India. ISBN 9788132119098.
  15. ^ says, Linda. "Femina adopts new positioning and tagline via "Be Unstoppable" campaign via DDB Mudra West – Campaign Brief Asia". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  16. ^ Dewey, Susan (2009). ""Dear Dr. Kothari...": Sexuality, Violence against Women, and the Parallel Public Sphere in India". American Ethnologist. 36 (1): 124–139. ISSN 0094-0496.

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