Marie Claire is a monthly women's magazine first published in France but also distributed in other countries with editions specific to them and in their languages. While each country shares its own special voice with its audience, the United States edition focuses on women around the world and several worldwide issues. The magazine also covers health, beauty, and fashion topics. Jean Prouvost created the first issue in 1937, which was distributed each Wednesday. One version says, that in 1942, German occupation authorities in France stopped the distribution of most magazines, and Marie Claire was one of them. This seems to be untrue, as Marie Claire was successfully published throughout 1943 and most of 1944 (with the interval of 10 days), which makes it plausible that it was closed down in the autumn of 1944 by the Allied forces for having been too successful under the occupation. The magazine was not redistributed until 1954. At this time, it became a monthly publication.