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Hearst Brings on Linda Wells in a Carine Roitfeld-Esque Role

The former "Allure" Editor in Chief will create an annual beauty portfolio for several different titles.
Linda Wells. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Fragrance Foundation

Linda Wells. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Fragrance Foundation

While we were pretty shocked to hear that Allure Editor in Chief Linda Wells had been let go after 25 years at the magazine’s helm, we knew she wouldn’t have a hard time finding a new gig. And now, three months after her departure was announced, she has two. She recently began writing a beauty column for The Cut, but soon she’ll return to the print world as well with Hearst, the publishing giant announced Wednesday afternoon.

In her yet-to-be-titled role, Wells will produce a 12- to 16-page beauty report that will run in the September subscriber copies of Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire and Town & Country, a rep for Hearst confirmed.

As Michael Clinton, president of marketing and publishing director of Hearst noted to WWD, the role is similar to that of Carine Roitfeld, Harper’s Bazaar's global fashion director, who creates fashion portfolios that run in each of the title's international editions. Like Roitfeld, who served as Vogue Paris’s EIC for 10 years, is a respected and influential voice in fashion, Wells brings to Hearst that same level of experience and power in the beauty world. That both of them reportedly left Condé on less-than-perfect terms is surely just a coincidence.

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