“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity”
– Viola Davis
For Elaine Welteroth, that opportunity is now. The 29 year old just got promoted to editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue magazine, making her the youngest appointed EIC in Conde Nast history and the first Black EIC for the magazine.
Having served as Teen Vogue’s Beauty & Health Director since October 2012, Welteroth comes with years of editorial experience from being the Senior Beauty Editor at Glamour and Beauty & Style Editor at Ebony.
Welteroth will replace Amy Astley, founding editor of the magazine, who is leaving to lead Architectural Digest, another Conde Nast magazine. Welteroth will be leading Teen Vogue alongside Digital Editorial Director, Phillip Picardi and Creative Director, Marie Suter.
“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.” Anna Wintour , Artistic Director of Conde Nast and Editior-in-Chief of Vogue said in a press release announcing the news.
Teen Vogue was launched in 2003. Under Welteroth’s leadership the magazine has increased its multicultural content with features on Willow Smith, Amandla Stenberg, Imann Hammam and others. We can expect this latest opportunity to continue the inclusion.