FHM or For Him Magazine is an international monthly Men's Lifestyle magazine. The magazine began publication in 1985 in the United Kingdom under the name For Him and changed its title to FHM in 1994, although the full For Him Magazine continues to be printed on the spine of each issue. Founded by Chris Astridge, the magazine was a predominantly fashion-based publication distributed through high street men's fashion outlets. Circulation expanded to newsagents as a quarterly by the spring of 1987. FHM was sold from EMAP to Bauer in December 2007.
After the emergence of James Brown's Loaded magazine (regarded as the blueprint for the lad's mag genre), For Him firmed up its editorial approach to compete with the expanding market and introduced a sports supplement. It then went monthly and changed its name to FHM. It subsequently expanded internationally.
The magazine is printed on high quality glossy paper and the photography is of high technical quality. FHM became one of the best-selling magazines in Britain during the mid to late 1990s, selling more than 700,000 copies per month by 1999. Towards the end of the decade the lads' culture in which the magazine thrived began to die off and publishers turned to celebrity-oriented titles to boost overall sales.
In December 2006 it was announced that FHM will be discontinuing its United States print edition after the March 2007 issue, turning to an all-digital format with the launch of FHM Online.
Like Loaded, FHM relies heavily on the appeal of photographs of scantily-clad women. Unlike many magazines, FHM prints photographs of women already famous for reasons other than their physical appearance—such as actresses and pop singers. FHM is typically stocked in the lifestyle rather than adult section on newsstands, although Wal-Mart banned lad's mags in 2003.
FHM publishes an annual list of the "100 Sexiest Women In The World", as voted by its readers.
As well as the photo shoots, the magazine contains articles on a wide variety of topics, including profiles of sports stars, movie, music, gadget and book reviews, gossip, men's fashion shoots, the "bar scene" in a variety of locations, guy tales of sex, and extensive discussion of sexual techniques.
FHM TV was also the name of a music television station in the UK. It was a programming block on (and as such broadcasted on the same channel as) fellow EMAP-owned music channel Q TV. The channel played music themed shows such as "MILF", "FHM Dance" and "Now That's Hot!", which mainly consisted of music videos. This format ended in October 2007.
In Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Carley Bobby states that FHM has voted her in a top 100 list for "Best Ass".
As of January 2007, FHM publishes 27 editions per month, including editions in Russia, the United States, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Croatia, Australia, Estonia, New Zealand, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Indonesia, Taiwan, Portugal, Malaysia, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Venezuela, Thailand, the Philippines, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Slovenia, Singapore,Indonesia, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Hungary and Turkey.
The Indian edition of FHM is published by Next Gen publishing Limited
The Indonesian edition of FHM is published by MRA printed Media.
The Serbian edition of FHM is published by Color Press Group.
The Spanish edition of FHM is published by Focus Ediciones.
The South African edition of FHM is published by Uppercase Media
The Danish edition of FHM is published by Benjamin Publications under chief editor Søren Baastrup and editorial director Thomas Brunstrøm. Its main journalists are Marc Thygesen and Lasse Mortensen, and additional writers include Kira Eggers and Dominic Smith.