Jessica Cruel Named Allure’s New Editor In Chief

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATESCondé Nast has appointed Jessica Cruel editor in chief of Allure, succeeding Michelle Lee, who left to join Netflix.

Cruel is no stranger to the beauty media brand, having joined Allure in 2019, first as features director and later becoming content director. During her time at the title, she has worked to develop editorial content across multiple platforms, as well as special projects including the Allure Podcast, the Allure Beauty Box subscription program, and the ReadersChoice Awards and Best of Beauty Awards franchises.

Prior to joining Allure, Cruel served as deputy beauty director at Refinery29, and has also held editorial roles at Self, PopSugar and New York magazine.

I am so thrilled that Jessica is Allure’s new editor in chief,” said Anna Wintour, chief content officer at Condé Nast. “It is no small feat to follow in Michelle Lee’s footsteps, but I have no doubt that Jessica can do just that. She is a natural leader and a brilliant journalist, and she exudes a positive energy that is felt by all those lucky enough to work with her.”

A representative for Allure said site traffic has risen 5 percent year-over-year, while engagement is up 13 percent. This comes as speculation continues to persist around the future of the print magazine.

As a longtime beauty editor, working at Allure is a dream. It has always served as an unparalleled source of beauty journalism, as well as my personal mood board and shopping guide,” Cruel said. “I am thrilled to shepherd Allure through the next chapter — one focused on making industry-wide impact, spotlighting the many communities that use beauty as a form of self-expression, and celebrating how these practices connect us all.”

As for Lee, she took to her Instagram in July to announce that she was leaving the beauty title after close to six years to join Netflix’s marketing team as vice president of editorial and publishing where she’ll be working closely with its chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John.

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