BUST Magazine is a women’s lifestyle magazine that is published six times a year. The magazine is published by Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel.
BUST was founded in New York City in 1993 by Stoller, Henzel, and Marcelle Karp. The trio founded BUST after meeting at Nickelodeon; they wanted to create a positive and outspoken women’s magazine for their generation. “Our intention,” Stoller said, “was to start a magazine that would be a real alternative to Vogue, Cosmo, Mademoiselle, and Glamour, something that was as fierce and as funny and as pro-female as the women we knew.” She said the women she knew who read the Cosmos of the world “always ended up feeling bad afterward. They support very stereotypical ideas about women.” BUST started off as a zine, with Stoller, Henzel, and Karp photocopying, stapling, and distributing the issues themselves after work and on weekends. After receiving positive feedback on their zine, Stoller, Henzel, and Karp left their jobs to work on BUST full-time, putting out four issues a year.
Stoller named the magazine BUST because she wanted a name that was “provocative, funny, and also sexy.”
BUST was purchased by Razorfish Studios in August 2000; one year later, after September 11, Razorfish Studios went out of business. Stoller and Henzel later bought BUST back from Razorfish Studios.
In the United States, BUST can be found at: Barnes & Noble stores, Universal News, Hudson News, Wild Oats, Whole Foods, McNally Jackson, Books-A-Million, Powells, Rough Trade (Brooklyn), Other Music (NYC) and Bouwerie Iconic Magazine (NYC).
Bust magazine currently has apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.