A notable shift is happening at Teen Vogue, and we think we know where to spot the epicenter. When named the new Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Magazine, Elaine Welteroth became is the youngest editor-in-chief ever at Conde Nast. It’s also worth noting she is the 2nd black woman to hold this post in Conde Nast’s 108 years of operations and first black editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue.
NorCal native and graduate of CSU Sacramento, Elaine previously held the position of Beauty and Style editor at Ebony magazine. Following her stint at Ebony, Elaine took her talents to Glamour magazine as Beauty writer then Senior Beauty Editor from 2011 to 2012. She later went on to serve as Teen Vogue’s Beauty Director.
As Teen Vogue’s Editor in Chief, it’s clear she’s making a strong push for increased multicultural content: a smart move considering the call for increased diverse representation in fashion and entertainment. In an interview by Racked.com, Welteroth said of the trend towards diversity, “In general, our world is getting more multicultural by the minute. It’s a step in the right direction when the workplace reflects that. I think that beauty is an important space to see a range of perspectives, because it’s a particularly personal topic.”
The cherry on top of it all is the diverse range of topics now commonly featured in the magazine. From gender-identity to activism, Elaine Welteroth is setting the stage for Teen Vogue to be the go-to magazine for women of all generations looking for the best lipstick that won’t rub off on “woke bae.”