Linda Wells

Linda Wells

“My first fragrance memory is of my mother giving me a good-night kiss before she left to go out on the town – all the magic and mystery in that moment! She was off to that sparkling city, wearing a beautiful party dress, off to drink a dark, mysterious cocktail.”


Linda Wells, editor in chief, Allure Magazine is the first editor in chief to receive the Hall of Fame Award since its inception in 1974.


Wells is the founding editor in chief of Allure – the only magazine dedicated to beauty. Since its inception in 1991, the Conde Nast magazine has been widely recognized for its intelligent, groundbreaking and much-imitated coverage of beauty. The magazine has received numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award, Folio’s Editorial Excellence Award, the Circulation Excellence Award, Ad Age’s “A List” and a spot on Adweek’s “Hot List” five times. Allure has also been recognized by the industry it covers for the strength and quality of its reporting. It has won 32 awards from the American Academy of Dermatology, 16 journalism awards from the Fragrance Foundation, and the Excellence in Media Award from the Skin Cancer Foundation.


Wells began her journalism career at Vogue. 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. Wells is a graduate of Trinity College, where she received her B.A. in English. She lives in Manhattan with her two sons.