BUST is an United States-based feminist magazine that addresses a variety of young women's interests, including celebrity interviews, music, fashion, art, crafting, sex and news.
BUST's official Web site bust.com features the Boobtique, an online shop, as well as the magazine's blog, forum and links to other interesting and BUST-y sites.
The bi-monthly women's lifestyle magazine was founded by Debbie Stoller, Laurie Henzel and Marcelle Karp in 1993.
BUST has had a variety of cover girls and guys, including recent covers Amy Sedaris
, Flight of the Conchords
, Elijah Wood
- Broadcast - Pop culture personalities and events relevant to women
- Real Life - DIY tips (some subjects: cooking, crafts, cars and careers)
- Looks - Health, beauty and style coverage, including new designers, trends and products
- Sex Files - Sex toys, sex-enhancing products, porn guides
BUST Magazine's largest event is its Holiday Craftacular, an annual craft fair in New York City. The first Craftacular, described as the "craft fair with rock 'n roll flair," was held in December 2005.
BUST threw its first Spring Fling Craftacular in 2008.
In addition to DIY vendors for shopping, BUST's Craftaculars of the past have also featured dancing, photo booths, open bars and craft stations.
Debbie Stoller, Laurie Henzel and Marcelle Karp founded BUST after meeting at Viacom
in 1993 . The trio wanted to create a new, positive, outspoken women's magazine for their generation and started the then zine
photocopying and stapling issues themselves after work.
Editor-in-Chief Debbie Stoller named the magazine BUST, because it was "aggressive and sexy and funny." While BUST had the connotation of "breaking through and busting stereotypes," she also like that "it was a title that could belong to a men's porn magazine." The tagline is "For Women With Something To Get Off Their Chests."
As the company grew, BUST went national and its circulation grew, and in 2000 the founders sold the company to Razorfish Studios.
Stoller and Henzel bought back the magazine in 2001 and have since transformed BUST into an award-winning glossy magazine with hundreds of thousands of readers around the world.
Debbie Stoller, BUST's Co-Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, received her PhD in the psychology of women from Yale University
. After working at MTV
, she began BUST magazine in 1993 with business partner Laurie Henzel. She co-edited The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order
, and in 2003 she penned the New York Times
bestseller Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
and has since released three more books in the Stitch 'n Bitch
series. Debbie is frequently invited to speak about the burgeoning DIY
movement she helped inspire, as well as topics related to women and the media, at universities and bookstores around the country. She has been a featured guest on NPR
, The Today Show
, The Early Show
and many others.
Laurie Henzel, BUST's Co-Publisher and Creative Director, received her BFA from the prestigious Parsons School of Design. Prior to BUST, she did design production work for Rolling Stone, Spin and Nickelodeon and launched her own boutique design company, creating album and CD packages for influential indie bands and major music labels.