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It's Official, Cleo Magazine Is Closing After 44 Years In Print

"While it's sad that our daughters no longer need you, it doesn't mean that you failed, but that you, and we, succeeded."

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Today saw the official announcement that after 44 years in print, Cleo magazine is set to close.

The final issue of the Australian women's lifestyle magazine will go on sale February 22.
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The final issue of the Australian women's lifestyle magazine will go on sale February 22.

The iconic title was known for its Cleo Bachelor of the Year awards and ~sexy~ male centerfolds. It also inspired the 2011 television miniseries "Paper Giants", in which Asher Keddie played founding editor, Ita Buttrose.

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Former editor Mia Freedman commented on the closure, sending thoughts to all Cleo staff, past and present.

Instagram: @miafreedman

"Cleo was a force to be reckoned with. Thinking today not just of those who are there now but of all the extraordinary women who worked under the CLEO masthead over the years including of course it's remarkable founder Ita Buttrose," she wrote in her Instagram caption.

Lisa Wilkinson, another former editor of the title, shared her sentiments for the magazine, and the role it played in the lives of so many Australian women since its 1972 launch.

Instagram: @lisa_wilkinson

"While it's sad that our daughters no longer need you, it doesn't mean that you failed, but that you, and we, succeeded," she wrote in an opinion piece for Huffington Post.

Thanks for the memories, Cleo. Australia will never forget you. Or your centerfolds.

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