We use cookies to track usage and preferences. See Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
CA
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Christmas Presents
   You are currently viewing the Canada version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > DIVA Magazine > April 2017 > DIVA 250

DIVA 250

FROM “LESBIAN CHIC” TO #GIRLCRUSH, ROXY BOURDILLON DISSECTS THE MEDIA REPRESENTATION OF LESBIANS AND BI WOMEN THROUGH THE 90S AND 00S, UNTIL NOW…
PHOTOS YOUTUBE, UNIVERSAL, DAFYDD JONES, SHOWTIME, ANDREW EDGECOMBE, STEFFAN HILL/BBC

Ah, the 90s; the era of double denim, the Macarena and £1 mood rings that changed colour to reflect how sweaty your soul was. It was the decade that “lesbian chic” officially became a thing and when the first issue of DIVA came out in April 1994 (pun totally intended), there was something sapphic in the air.

Madonna had just released her discreetly-titled coffee table book, Sex, a raunchfest of softcore sadomasochism and same-sex sensuality. (It’s a real page-turner, but you might want to slip it down the back of the sofa if your nan pops round for a cuppa and a Hobnob.) Singer KD Lang and supermodel Cindy Crawford had posed as a butchfemme couple with a shaving fetish on the cover of Vanity Fair and, here in Blighty, 1994 marked not only the birth of DIVA, but also the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on TV, when Brookside’s Beth and Margaret locked lips.

But being visible isn’t the same as having power. The very phrase “lesbian chic” suggests a disposable fashion fad; “Hey consumer, why not accessorise your outfit with a Gucci backpack and a trophy dyke?” It’s utility chic with added handholding and just as much comfortable footwear. And although Anna Friel playing soapland’s first lesbian was a landmark moment, she was killed off within a year of coming out, proving that TV’s Bury Your Gays epidemic is nothing new.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of DIVA Magazine - April 2017
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - April 2017
$5.49
Or 549 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.00 per issue
SAVE
45%
$35.99
Or 3599 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.33 per issue
SAVE
39%
$19.99
Or 1999 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only $ 3.99 per issue
SAVE
27%
$3.99
Or 399 points

View Issues

About DIVA Magazine

We are delighted to have singer songwriter Lucy Spraggan on the cover of our 250th issue, talking to Roxy Bourdillon about music, marriage and adulting like a boss. Read our interview, and don’t forget to check out our exclusive behind the scenes video and some extra shots from our shoot in east London. Also in this special anniversary issue… DIVA Awards: The winners! Looking back at 23 years of lez/bi life DIVA columnists Heather Peace and Jane Hill reflect on the how their lives have changed since coming out Beyond the trans tipping point: Cerian Jenkins on non-binary inclusivity Alynda Lee Segarra: “It took me a while to get down with Beyoncé” Interviews with Stella Duffy, Lisa Gornick and Ruth Hunt Get into gear: Top 10 rides 2017 Lets get quizzical: We test your brainpower with our LGBTeasers PLUS: Family, career and much, much more!
Ways to Pay Pocketmags Payment Types
At Pocketmags you get Secure Billing Great Offers HTML Reader Gifting options Loyalty Points