Linda Wells

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Wells at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

Linda Wells is an American journalist and founder of Allure magazine.

Wells graduated in 1976 from Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School and graduated from Trinity College, located in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1980. She began her journalism career at Vogue, where she wrote and edited stories about beauty, health, nutrition, and fitness. In 1985, she joined The New York Times as a reporter, ultimately becoming the beauty editor and the food editor of The New York Times Magazine.[1] In 1991 Wells founded Allure magazine and served as the editor-in-chief until 2015.[2] Wells' editor's letter has been praised for tackling a variety of topics with honesty. Women's Wear Daily gave her an "A" rating in its Editors' Report Card column acknowledging her "backbone".[3] In 2006, Wells, with her editors at Allure, wrote her first book, Confessions of a Beauty Editor (Bulfinch). In 2009 Forbes named her the number 5 most powerful fashion magazine editor.[4] In 2018, Wells launched her own beauty brand named Flesh.[5]


  1. ^ "Trinity College Distinguished Alumni". Trinity College. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  2. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (2015-11-12). "Linda Wells' 24-Year Run at Allure Comes to an End". WWD. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  3. ^ "Editors' Report Cards", Women's Wear Daily, July 26, 2002.
  4. ^ Sherman, Lauren. "The most powerful fashion editors". Forbes. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Former Allure Magazine Editor Linda Wells Launches Makeup Line". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 October 2018.