Among fashion and beauty titles, Harper's Bazaar came in third, with a median household income of $76,873. The Hearst title also experienced the most dramatic growth spurt in terms of household income, with a nearly 33 percent increase over spring 2006. Like Lawrence, Bazaar's senior vice president and publisher, Valerie Salembier, said MRI's new figures closely mirror its internal data. "We've known our readers have a high household income," she said. "It's nice when syndicated [data] matches what we already knew."
As for the rest of the field, In Style's women readers earn a median income of $75,922, Elle is up almost 11 percent to $70,509, Jane's made $69,519 and Vogue's increased approximately 11 percent from last year, to $65,074. Like many of its competitors, Vogue does its own research, and later this year will release the findings from a study that shows a cultural shift taking place, called the "Feminine Model of Influence," said Joseph Giamarese, executive director of marketing. MRI reports that Allure's female base has a median household income of $63,768; Glamour, of $61,327; Marie Claire, of $59,673; Cosmopolitan, of $55,401, and Town & Country was up less than one percent, to $54,406. — Amy Wicks