Celebrate the A100, the most impactful Asian Pacific Leaders.

Michelle Lee

Editor-in-Chief, Allure

Michelle Lee is the Editor in Chief of Allure. Since taking the helm in 2015, she has transformed Allure into an innovative, multi-faceted brand that champions diversity and challenges old-fashioned beauty standards. She was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year in 2017, while Allure was named Magazine of the Year for their groundbreaking covers, such as the July 2017 This Is American Beauty cover featuring model Halima Aden in a hijab and their September 2017 oath to ban the term “anti-aging” from their lexicon, which sparked global conversation about how we speak about aging.


She’s been a vocal advocate for Asian-American representation, featuring stars like Gemma Chan and Naomi Osaka on Allure’s cover, and made history in June 2018 with a trailblazing cover featuring three Asian models.


As host of The Allure Podcast, she’s often highlighted AAPI issues in conversations with Awkwafina, Prabal Gurung, Phillip Lim, Patrick Ta, Gemma Chan, and more.


Prior to Allure, she was Editor in Chief of NYLON and has held senior positions at Glamour and Mademoiselle, among others.


She sits on the Board at ColorComm, was awarded a 2019 ColorComm Circle Award, and was named to Digiday’s Glossy 50, and Create & Cultivate’s Creative 100 in 2017.