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Annabelle (4 February 2015 issue)
|First issue||1 March 1938|
Annabelle is a German language women's fashion magazine. However, it also covers feminist issues and initiated several campaigns about improving womens' social status. The magazine is called the Marie Claire of Switzerland. Its headquarters is in Zurich.
Annabelle was established in 1938 and the first issue was published on 1 March 1938. The idea to launch Annabelle was developed by the publishers Karl von Schumacher and Manuel Gasser. The founder and the launching editor was Mabel Zuppinger, an Austrian woman living in Zurich.
The magazine is part of, and published by, Tamedia. It was published monthly, later increasing its frequency to weekly. The target audience of the magazine is women in German-speaking Switzerland.
Although Annabelle is a women's fashion magazine, it also has a long history of covering political and social issues, including feminism. Initially, the magazine was a regular publication for housewives. During the 1940s and 1960s it covered articles on the growing consumer industry and at the same time it supported the education of girls. In the next decade it extensively featured articles related to the problems of working women as well as divorce and sex-related problems. In the 1980s the magazine specifically targeted young, active, and energetic women who were emancipated, but feminine.
Annabelle also deals with the status of women living in other regions, featuring articles concerning the sexuality of women in the Arab world and honour killing in Albania. In 2006 the magazine launched a petition, "No weapons at home", to support for a ban on shotguns at home. The magazine campaigned for a 30 percent increase in the number of women in the boardrooms of Swiss companies in 2013. The same year Tamedia, the parent company of the magazine, banned it from reporting political events, such as the emancipation of women, that might cause social unrest. The magazine also publishes interviews with significant figures, including Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga.
Annabelle has a travel supplement, ReiseNews, which is published five times a year.
Annabelle had a circulation of 71,292 copies in 2010, 71,445 copies in 2011 and 70,178 copies in 2012. In 2015 the magazine sold 66,121 copies. The 2016 circulation of the magazine decreased to 51,255 copies.