Condé Nast names Michelle Lee editor-in-chief of Allure

Most recently, Lee was editor-in-chief and chief marketing officer of Nylon Media, where she oversaw all editorial content, native advertising and marketing for Nylon, Nylon Guys and During her tenure, Lee helped launch Nylon Studio, the company’s in-house creative agency, and led the overall strategic direction for the Nylon brand. Previously, Lee was the chief content and strategy officer at Magnified Media, a full-service branded content and custom publishing agency.

“When Linda Wells launched Allure, it broke new ground and redefined the beauty category, and she leaves us with that rich heritage to build upon,” said Sauerberg. “Today we begin a new phase of innovation for the brand, with Michelle paving the way for the next wave of consumers who crave interactive beauty content that’s both inspiring and approachable.”

“Beauty is incredibly popular among millennial audiences and is more accessible than ever before,” said Lee. “Allure is a brand unlike any other, and I’m looking forward to expanding our unique ability to inspire and empower through beauty to all platforms.”

Lee has led a storied career in media, and was part of the launch teams for Us Weekly, The Daily Front Row and CosmoGIRL. She served as the editor-in-chief of In Touch Weekly for two years, and has held senior staff positions at, Beyond the Row, Mademoiselle and Glamour. Lee has written for Marie Claire, Paper, Elle, Real Simple, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health and Self, among others.

Lee succeeds Linda Wells, who founded Allure in 1991 and will be transitioning to an advisory role at Condé Nast.  In recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the brand and the industry, Wells will be noted as founding editor on Allure’s masthead.

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