Elle is a worldwide magazine of French origin that focuses on women's fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment. Elle is also the world's largest fashion magazine. It was founded by Pierre Lazareff and his wife Hlne Gordon in 1945. The title, in French, means 'she'. Elle was founded in France in 1945. In the 1960s it was considered to 'not so much reflect fashion as decree it', with 800,000 loyal readers and a then famous slogan : 'Si elle lit elle lit Elle (If she reads, she reads Elle)'. In 1981, Daniel Filipacchi and Jean-Luc Lagardre purchased Hachette magazines, which included the then-struggling Elle. Elle was then launched in the U.S. (News Corporation owned a stake in the US edition until 1988), followed by 25 other foreign editions. Today, it is the worlds largest fashion magazine, with 42 international editions in over 60 countries. Technologically speaking, the Elle brand is a global network encompassing over 20 websites.
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