Linda Wells

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Wells at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

Linda Wells is an American journalist and founder of Allure magazine and the makeup brand Flesh.

Early life[edit]

Wells graduated in 1976 from Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School and graduated from Trinity College, located in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1980.[1]


Wells 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.[2] In 1991 Wells founded Allure magazine and served as the editor-in-chief until 2015.[3] Wells's 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."[4] 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.[5] In 2017, Wells became Chief Creative Officer of Revlon.[6] In 2018, Wells launched her own beauty brand named Flesh.[7]


  1. ^ "WEDDINGS; Linda Wells, C. K. Thompson". The New York Times. 1993-11-14. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  2. ^ "Trinity College Distinguished Alumni". Trinity College. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  3. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (2015-11-12). "Linda Wells' 24-Year Run at Allure Comes to an End". WWD. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  4. ^ "Editors' Report Cards", Women's Wear Daily, July 26, 2002.
  5. ^ Sherman, Lauren. "The most powerful fashion editors". Forbes. Retrieved 11 June 2011.
  6. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (2017-02-08). "Linda Wells, Former Allure Editor, Lands at Revlon". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  7. ^ "Former Allure Magazine Editor Linda Wells Launches Makeup Line". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 October 2018.