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O, The Oprah Magazine’s 15th Anniversary May Issue

O, The Oprah Magazine’s 15th Anniversary May Issue

Hits newsstands on April 14th   

Oprah Winfrey got glam in her first-ever black and white cover to commemorate O, the Oprah Magazine's 15th Anniversary.  The ‘Double French Door Accordion Gate’ cover is the first time this has ever been done in the US and was sponsored by Lancome.  O Magazine teamed up with Swarovski crystals to create a stunning Swarovski crystal encrusted O in the inside cover (crystal is the traditional gift for a 15th Anniversary) and on the inside flaps, the crystal O is flanked by Lancome ads.  O, The Oprah Magazine’s 15th Anniversary issue is the brand’s largest issue in three years.

In addition to the sparkling covers, the entire May issue has been transformed into a keepsake guide with 15 chapters devoted to the most memorable things that Oprah and the magazine’s editors “know for sure.”  Chapters include‘People Say the Wisest Things’ comprised of sound advice from our brilliant readers, ‘Books Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ showcasing 15 of the magazine's favorite writers, including Roxane Gay, Elizabeth Gilbert and Ann Patchett who’ve recommended the underappreciated books they love most; ‘Life is a Banquet’ celebrates O’s passion for exuberant eating with recipes from 15 of the country’s preeminent food and drinks stars including Thomas Keller, Mario Batali and Marcus Samuelsson, and ‘Conversation Feeds The Soul, a highlight of funny and thought-provoking exchanges from 15 years of O Talks.

15 lucky premier members of O Circle of Friends will win a boxed May cover adorned in actual Swarovski crystals, signed by Oprah, plus a selection of luxury beauty products worth $500.  Premier members can sign up at omagcircle/crystal between April 14 and June 12 and tell us (in 100 words or less) what makes you shine.  To create the limited editions, over 1,500 crystals were delicately placed and applied taking six hours each. Over 55,000 crystals were used to create the 15 special O covers features in 25 colors, and 40 sizes and styles and valued over $20,000.

The 15th Anniversary O-List is a special crystal-themes list of 20 sparkling items that 15 lucky readers can win via an O List Sweepstakes.  For more on how to enter, please log onto on April 6th.



May Issue Theme: O, The Oprah Magazine’s 15th Anniversary!

High-res covers, inside images and pages:TKTK

Cover Photo Credit: Ruven Afanador


Fashion Credits:


Dress: Xscape customized with Swarovski crystals

Earrings: Leviev



Oprah on her dream for the O, The Oprah Magazine:

“For the past 15 years, we’ve been able to fulfill on a monthly basis, the original dream for this magazine.  The original dream is that it would be a manual or a guide to meet women exactly where they are in the their lives and to help them elevate and exalt their lives in such a way that they could literally live their best lives.”

Looking back on past cover shoots:

“The covers are always great experiences.  I remember being in a waterfall in Puerto Rico with my hair wet and my clothes wet and I remember feeling like, ‘Oh!  So this is the glamorous life of doing magazine covers.”

On how proud she is of the magazine:

“I just don’t know a magazine that better fits women where they are in their lives without the expectation that they have to be anything other than who they really are.  Our magazine is really about enhancing who you are, not saying you have to be like or do like anybody else.”

Oprah right before the 15th Anniversary cover is unveiled to her:

“I wonder who’s on it!”

Thursday, April 2, 2015