Alanna Fincke's grandmother and grandfather, an editor and journalist, respectively, played huge roles in her love for magazines. Visits with her grandparents were filled with spirited discussions and cutthroat Scrabble games, inspiring Alanna's love of words and language.
She studied journalism and women's studies at Syracuse University, and started her career in magazines at Elle right after college. "I always thought women's magazines made you feel so bad about yourself. I wanted to work at one and try to do more positive stories."
Alanna then continued her career at the celebrity-driven magazines Us Weekly and In Touch Weekly. To combat the stress of her fast-paced life as an editor, she began studying yoga and is now a registered yoga teacher. In February 2006, Alanna, who grew up on an organic farm and has practiced natural health her entire life, became the editor of Body+Soul, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's magazine for healthy living. "This job is the perfect combination of my skills as an editor and my life's passions."