The 13-year-old blogger
Both magazines have massively bummed the same 13-year-old blogger, Tavi Gevinson. POP put her on the cover. LOVE had Pixie Geldof interview her, and she wrote how boring it would be to go on about how modern she is, so instead they got her to dress up the way she does on the blog. POP got an adult to style her and wrote about how modern she is. So, clearly LOVE wins!
Only POP comes with a free poster and since no one actually buys magazines anymore, this added-value stuff is probably the only future of print. POP wins!
Neither title covers itself in fashion glory. LOVE at least tries – they've picked up on all that punk stuff being worn in London and there's a tie-dyed Nike hoody in the sportswear shoot, which is tasty. Frankly though, it's not much of a competition because LOVE's photography is in another league. LOVE wins! Oh, and LOVE gets double points here, because these are fashion mags and should be really good at this.
Considering this is LOVE's New Blood issue (which you'd expect to be pretty hyper and energetic), both its covers are a bit understated. POP has four, and don't hold back on any of them. Two of them have the 13-year-old blogger on alongside some pretty Damien Hurst butterflies, one is a limited edition hardback Ed Ruscha cover, and the last has La Cicciolina and her nipples on it. POP wins!
POP has interviews with Damien Hirst and Ed Ruscha. POP wins!
There are no articles about female homosexuality being fashionable, "eating out" innuendos, or romantically shot teenage boxers in silly clothes in POP. LOVE wins!
One Naomi Campbell shoot and one Liberian president interviewed in POP, vs. a Chipmunk interview and more widespread use of black models in LOVE. POP wins!
The Barbara fucking Bush interview
LOVE doesn't have any interviews by any members of the Bush family. POP wins!
POP bangs on about Margaret Thatcher's "wonderful dress sense" and how she got it from the Queen and has Barbara Bush as a writer. This issue of LOVE is dedicated to rich celebrities' children and how much better than you they are. That's pretty right-wing. DRAW.
Though LOVE is way better subbed, POP doesn't have any articles about the Jonas Brothers, so POP wins!
Great fight! POP's 6 just beats LOVE's 5. Heath, you're the man!