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Allure (magazine)

Allure is an American women's magazine focused on beauty, published monthly by Conde Nast in New York City. It was founded in 1991 by Linda Wells. Michelle Lee replaced Wells in 2015. A signature of the magazine is its annual Best of Beauty awards—accolades given in the October issue to beauty products deemed the best by Allure's staff. In 1990, S. I. Newhouse Jr. chairman of Condé Nast, editorial director Alexander Liberman approached Linda Wells to develop a concept they had for a beauty magazine. At the time, Wells was the food editor at The New York Times Magazine; the magazine's prototype was shredded shortly before the scheduled launch date and, after overhauling everything, Allure made its debut in March 1991 designed by Lucy Sisman. The magazine's original format was oversize, but this prevented it from fitting into slots at grocery-store checkouts and required advertisers to resize their ads or create new ones. After four issues, Allure changed to a standard-size glossy format. Allure focuses on beauty and women's health.

Allure was the first women's magazine to write about the health risks associated with silicone breast implants, has reported on other controversial health issues. After Lee took the helm in late 2015, the brand was celebrated for promoting diversity and inclusivity. In 2017, Adweek awarded Lee as Editor of the Year; the magazine's circulation 250,000 in 1991, is over 1 million as of 2011. Many writers have contributed to Allure. Among them are Arthur Miller, John Updike, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Chabon, Kathryn Harrison, Frank McCourt, Isabel Allende, Francine du Plessix Gray. Elizabeth Gilbert’s essay “The Road to Rapture,” published in Allure in 2003, was the precursor to her memoir, Pray, Love. Photographers who have shot for Allure include Michael Thompson, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Tina Barney, Marilyn Minter, Carter Smith, Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton. Cover subjects have included Demi Lovato, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Helen Mirren, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Lupita Nyong'o, Jessica Simpson, Kate Hudson, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani..

Allure began its Best of Beauty awards program in the mid-1990s, at the initiative of Wells, to help readers choose among the vast array of makeup, skin-care, hair-care products on the market. Allure has two sets of one judged by the magazine's editors and the other by readers. A “winners’ seal” logo, developed by Allure, appears on many of the winning products. To ensure that its judgments are neutral, Allure's ad department isn't involved in the selections. In 2010, the magazine developed an iPhone app that highlights the winning products and tells users where they can buy them based on their location. There was an outrage. Magazine of the Year from Adweek Bronze Clio Award for Allure Unbound augmented reality app The National Magazine Award for Design The Editorial Excellence Award from Folio The Circulation Excellence Award from Circulation Management “Ring Leader,” an essay by Natalie Kusz from the February 1996 issue of Allure, was selected for The Best American Essays 1997; the magazine has been on Adweek’s Hot List in 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2007.

Allure has received 29 awards from the American Academy of Dermatology, 9 journalism awards from the Fragrance Foundation, the Excellence in Media Award from the Skin Cancer Foundation. The Achiever Award from Cosmetic Executive Women The Matrix Award for magazine leadership from New York Women in Communications, Inc. Editor of the Year from Adweek Digiday's Glossy 50 A100 Most Influential Asians from Gold House Creative 100 from Create & Cultivate Wells, along with Allure editors Michael Carl and Kelly Atterton, have appeared as judges on the Bravo TV series Shear Genius. Allure editors have appeared as experts on programs such as the Today show and 60 Minutes, Allure stories receive national attention. Hilary Duff played an Allure intern in Cheaper by the Dozen 2. List of Allure cover models “Inside Allure’s beauty box business” “In a rare move, Allure’s cover features three Asian models” “Chatting with Michelle Lee, Editor in Chief of Allure” "Allure Floods Issue with 2-D Barcodes, Sees Subscription Bump" "Pedaling in Place on the Road to Fitness" 2017 Best of Beauty Awards Revealed on Today "Allure Mag Selects Affordable, Awesome Products" "In Depth: 2009's Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors" Linda Wells’s Letter From the Editor Official website Allure – magazine profile at Fashion Model Directory Allure Staff Contact Information

Marion Flanagan

Marion Don Flanagan was an American football player. He was born in Sweetwater, played high school football there, was one of the top high school players in the state, he played college football for the Texas A&M Aggies football team as a halfback and fullback from 1942 to 1943 and in 1946. He led the NCAA major colleges in 1942 with 403 receiving yards. Flanagan sustained a knee injury in 1943. After the 1943 season, Flanagan spent two-and-a-half years serving in the United States Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to Texas A&M and was one of the leading punt returners in the 1946 season, he opted not to return to football in 1947, stating that he was retiring from the game due to the lingering impact of the knee injury he sustained in 1943. In September 1947, Flanagan married Janette Butts, he served as an assistant football coach at Texas A&M in 1947. List of NCAA major college football yearly receiving leaders List of NCAA major college yearly punt and kickoff return leaders

Prunus africana

Prunus africana, the African cherry, has a wide distribution in Africa, occurring in montane regions of central and southern Africa and on the islands of Bioko, São-Tomé, Grande Comore, Madagascar. It can be found at 900–3,400 m above sea level, it is a canopy tree 30–40 m in height, is the tallest member of Prunus. Large-diameter trees have spreading crowns, it requires a moist climate, 900–3,400 mm annual rainfall, is moderately frost-tolerant. P. africana appears to be a secondary-forest species. The bark is black to brown, corrugated or fissured, scaly, fissuring in a characteristic rectangular pattern; the leaves are alternate, simple, 8–20 cm long, bluntly or acutely pointed and dark green above, pale green below, with mildly serrated margins. A central vein is depressed on top, prominent on the bottom; the 2 cm petiole is red. The flowers are androgynous, 10-20 stamens, insect-pollinated, 3–8 cm, greenish white or buff, are distributed in 70 mm axillary racemes; the plant flowers October through May.

The fruit is red to brown, 7 -- 13 mm, wider than long, two-lobed, with a seed in each lobe. It grows in bunches ripening September through several months after pollination; as with other members of the genus Prunus, Prunus africana possesses extrafloral nectaries that provide antiherbivore insects with a nutrient source in return for protecting the foliage. In addition to its value for its timber and its medicinal uses, Prunus africana is an important food source for frugivorous birds and mammals. Dian Fossey reports of the mountain gorilla: "The northwestern slopes of Visoke offered several ridges of Pygeum africanum.... The fruits of this tree are favored by gorillas." East African Mammals reports that stands of Pygeum are the habitat of the rare Carruther's mountain squirrel and asserts, "This forest type tends to have a rather broken canopy with many trees smothered in climbers and dense tangles of undergrowth." It is protected under appendix II of CITES since 16 February 1995 and in South Africa under the National Forest Act of 1998.

Large numbers of trees are harvested for its bark to meet the international demand for its medicinal qualities. Early studies on the effects of bark harvest showed that the harvest affected population structure, increased mortality and decreased fecundity. However, quantitative studies to examine specific life history parameters and possible sustainable harvesting practices were begun only recently. In these studies, the combined factors of mortalities of a large percentage of reproductive trees reduced fruit production and poor seedling survival seem to suggest a bleak prognosis for future regeneration and long-term persistence of the species in harvested populations; the species has a long history of traditional uses. The bark is used in numerous ways: as a wound dressing, as an appetite stimulant; the pharmacology and traditional uses of the species are reviewed in Stewart The extract Pygeum is an herbal remedy prepared from the bark of P. africana and is promoted as an alternative medicine for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

A 2016 literature review found. A 2019 review said; the timber is a hardwood employed in the manufacture of axe and hoe handles, wagons, chopping blocks, bridge decks, furniture. The wood is tough, straight-grained, pink, with a pungent bitter-almond smell when first cut, turning mahogony and odorless later; the collection of mature bark for its use in traditional medicine and other uses has resulted in the species becoming endangered. P. africana continues to be taken from the wild. However, quotas have been awarded by the South African Forestry Department without adequate forest inventories due to some harvesters, spurred on by the high prices, removing too much of the bark in an unsustainable manner. In the 1990s, an estimated 35,000 debarked trees were being processed annually; the growing demand for the bark has led to the cultivation of the tree for its medicinal uses.. The species is listed in Appendix II of CITES; the name of the remedy, comes from the name of the plant, discovered to botany by Gustav Mann during his now-famous first European exploration of the Cameroon Range, with Richard Francis Burton and Alfred Saker, in 1861.

A letter from Mann to the Linnean Society of London, read by William Jackson Hooker Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on June 5, 1862, describes the naming of the peaks of the Cameroon Range and the collection of specimens there. The latter were shipped back to Kew for classification, duly performed by Hooker and his son, Joseph Dalton Hooker, who had the responsibility of publishing them, as William died in 1865; when the publication came out the Hookers had named the plant Pygeum africanum, followed by the designation "n. sp.", an abbreviation for nova species. The habitat is listed as "alt. 7000-7500 feet", above the tropical forest and in the alpine grasslands. Hooker notes that another specimen had been "gathered in tropical Eastern Africa" at 3000 feet by Dr. Kirk on an expedition of David Livingstone; the first publication of the synonym in 1864 had been preceded by publication of t