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"Teen magazines" are magazines aimed at teenage readers. They usually consist of gossip, news, fashion tips and interviews and may include posters, stickers and other inserts.

First conceived in the United States and England during the 1950s, teen magazines are now produced in many countries worldwide, and enjoy wide popularity in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

While some teen magazines focus almost exclusively on music and film stars, others feature more extensive coverage of lifestyle issues and are virtually junior versions of magazines like Cosmopolitan or Cleo.

Teen magazines are aimed almost exclusively at teenage girls. Teenage boys, like adult men, usually buy magazines related to specific activities that they are interested in, such as motor vehicles, sports, music, and suchlike (the fact that the closest equivalents of women's general interest magazines for men feature pornography and are thus unlikely to be approved purchases for a teenage boy is also probably a major factor).

Well-known American teen magazines include Tiger Beat, Teen Beat, Seventeen and YM(out of business). Since 1972, teen magazines in the United States have reached out to the African-American market with publications such as Right On (produced by Sterling-McFadden, which also produces Tiger Beat) and Word Up.

Like other mainstream magazines, teen magazines can be found each month at supermarkets, pharmacies, stores and newsstands. In recent years, teen magazines have also appeared on the World Wide Web.

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