New editor-in-chief for Teen Vogue

It’s one thing when you make history, but when you make history twice in one day, that’s quite an accomplishment.

Enter Elaine Welteroth, who has just been named the new editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s Teen Vogue on Thursday, May 19, according to NBC News. Not only is she the first African American woman to assume the position for the magazine, NBC reports that Welteroth is the youngest editor-in-chief in Conde Nast history.

Before her recent promotion, Welteroth served as Teen Vogue‘s beauty and health director since 2012 — a position she also was the first African American to hold. Now Condé Nast’s second Black editor-in-chief in history, NBC says Welteroth began her ascent in the industry when she worked as beauty and style editor for Ebony from 2008 to 2011. From there, she bounced to Glamour where, between 2011 and 2012, she traded her title of beauty writer in to become the magazine’s senior beauty editor, according to NBC.

Making Teen Vogue more representative of multicultural content is yet another item on Welteroth’s resumé, with NBC reporting that the 29-year-old was largely behind the magazine’s “‘step in the right direction‘ with recent covers of women of color like Willow Smith, Amandla Stenberg and Zoe Kravitz.”

Welteroth will taking the helm of Teen Vogue along with two other editors — Phillip Picardi, the digital editorial director, and Marie Suter, the magazine’s creative director, says NBC.

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, spoke on the magazine’s new leadership and said she is confident that the trio will take the publication to the next level.

“Elaine, Marie and Phil are fearlessly at the forefront, inspiring young trendsetters with their sophisticated take on emerging fashion, beauty and pop culture, and they will lead Teen Vogue to the next phase of its success,” Wintour said. “This team has thoroughly embraced the endless potential of social media and new platforms, and their understanding of the most effective way to use them to connect with audiences, embodies what it means to be an editor today.”




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