'Friends' are turning up all over town Interviews: David Schwimmer is featured in 'Vogue,' Courteney Cox in 'Redbook' and Lisa Kudrow in 'Elle.'

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As if they haven't done enough by showing up in soda commercials, in badly imitated hairstyles and in movies, the stars of NBC's "Friends" show up everywhere this month in magazines.

There is David Schwimmer in Vogue talking about how he got from television to film. Courteney Cox is in Redbook denying the rumors that she is bulimic and as neurotic as her TV character. Lisa Kudrow shows off her style in Elle. And the actress who plays the character with the haircut everyone is copying shows up by way of a 1971 photo of actor David Cassidy (ex-"Partridge Family" member) in InStyle magazine.Wearing bell-bottoms and a pink T-shirt, Cassidy sports the ever-popular shag cut from "Friends."

* With friends like these...

Sister, sister

This month, Vogue also has a wonderful read on the bond between sisters and the influence sisters have on the psyche, development and relationships with other women.

In "Upfront, My Sister, Myself," Kennedy Fraser writes: "There is something so physical about sisterhood; some body-memory, too deep for words. I have not lived under the same roof as my sister for more than 30 years, but the simple sight of her bare feet reminds me so immediately of my childhood that whenever I see them I get a sort of physical jolt; they seem more familiar than my own."

Naming names

Thank goodness Glamour magazine has a male in residence. Otherwise, we women might not fully understand men -- like that affliction they have that prevents them from putting the toilet seat back down where everyone knows it belongs. In the May column "Jake: A Man's Opinion," the writer explains why some men give names to a certain body part that they treat like gold. You know the one. It's a little south of the brain.

And, speaking of names, M. P. Dunleavey in the "Viewpoint" column makes an argument for inventing a word for "woman" that matches the casualness and efficiency of the word "guy."

She's looking for something less formal than "woman" and more grown up than "girl" with the same effect as: "The guys are going out for some beers after work." She hasn't come up with anything.

Demiperfect

With the release of Demi Moore's new movie "Striptease," it's nice to know that not everything on her is perfect. She has a weak chin, according to a short item in Glamour on celebrity imperfections. She tilts her head to one side and lowers her chin to create a stronger line, said a studio photographer.

One question, though. When Moore was naked on the cover of Vanity Fair, how many people do you think noticed her chin?

Skeleton in closet

Elle magazine offers us profiles of shopaholics. A copywriter from Chicago named Sarah has five years of new clothing neatly displayed in the closet with the original box and bag. "My closet is like a department store. I feel more secure knowing that I have as much stock as Neiman's," she says.

Forget the stock, I'd settle for Neiman's closet space.

Elle's May issue also offers a great round-table discussion on the contemporary view of what it means to be feminine. With an interesting mix of panelists, from a Victoria's Secret model to the senior vice president of Universal Records, moderator Tabitha Soren guides a frank discussion that explores femininity and its relationship to power, control and self-esteem. The subject is not resolved, of course, and the discussion doesn't delve deep enough, but the panelists raise some good points.

'Self' survey

Unfortunately, when it comes to self-image and femininity, breast size continues to play a much too important role.

In a survey conducted by Self magazine for the May issue, the majority of the 4,018 readers who responded said they would change their breasts if they could. More than 2,400 have considered surgery. Fifty-eight percent of the respondents said they have been taunted or teased because of their breasts. The majority of women said breast size affects personality, often in a negative way.

First lady

The May cover of Working Mother magazine actually has a flattering picture of Hillary Rodham Clinton on a good hair day, which says a lot, considering that she changes her hair more often than Diana Ross changes costumes during a concert.

The magazine has an excerpt of the first lady's book, "It Takes a Village," which deals with working motherhood and family issues.

A look at Berry

People magazine's latest issue has Halle Berry on the cover. Inside, she talks about her failed marriage to Atlanta Braves right fielder David Justice. There's a great photo spread on her.

Pub Date: 5/12/96

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