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Glossy Mag Vet Amina Akhtar Joins theFashionSpot

AminaAhktarPicAmina Akhtar, a former New York magazine fashion editor, executive editor at Elle and digital editions editor for Vogue, is about to start as the editorial director of a website launched 13 years ago – this month. Per comScore, theFashionSpot – a community of designers, stylists and influencers that is part of Evolve Media’s TotallyHer brand – notched 2.5 million unique visitors in May.

From today’s announcement:

Amina’s most recent stint was at Vogue, where her responsibilities included managing the tablet edition. Prior to that, she was the executive editor for elle.com, where she oversaw all online editorial while working closely with marketing to develop custom content advertising packages.

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Amy Odell Named Editor of Cosmopolitan.com, Leah Chernikoff Editor of Elle.com

Well, that was fast. Hours after we learned that Amina Akhtar, Elle.com’s executive editor, and Abby Gardner, digital director of Cosmopolitan, were let go, Hearst has named their replacements. Amy Odell has been named editor of Cosompolitan.com and Leah Chernikoff editor of Elle.com.

Odell comes to Cosmo from BuzzFeed, where she had been since February 2012. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, she was the founding editor of a writer for New York’s blog The Cut.

Chernikoff most recently served as editorial director of Fashionista.com. Before that she was a features reporter for The New York Daily News, from 2007 to 2010.

[Editor's note: There has been a bit of a dustup over who exactly founded The Cut. Akhtar insists she was, not Odell. Odell says she was, not Akhtar. Yeah! See below for our Twitter conversation. I'm leaving this post as is until I get official word back from New York. Apologies for the confusion.]

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Hearst Cuts Two Online Editors

Some unfortunate news out of Hearst Magazines: Amina Akhtar, Elle.com’s executive editor, and Abby Gardner, digital director of Cosmopolitan, have both been let go.

Akhtar has been Elle’s executive online editor since May of last year. Prior to that she launched and edited FashionEtc.com, and before that spent four years as a fashion editor for New York.

Gardner had been digital director at Cosmo since last October. She was a site director at Marie Claire before that.

Mashable reports that more Hearst layoffs are on their way, so we’ve reached out to the publishing house for comment. We’ll update when we hear back.

Elle Adds Website Editor

Elle has named Amina Akhtar Executive Editor of Elle.com, according to WWD. Akhtar succeeds Keith Pollock, who left Elle to join Du Jour, a luxury publication from Jason Binn.

Akhtar has been in the fashion writing business for more than a decade. She was most recently Fashion Director for FashionETC.com, but prior to that she held positions at NYMag.com, Style.com and NYTimes.com.