Elaine Welteroth made major headlines when she became Teen Vogue’s first African-American beauty director. Now, she’s creating even more buzz as she has been named the new editor-in-chief.
At age 29, She is the youngest editor in Condé Nast’’s 107-year history, in addition to being the second Black woman named to head a magazine at the company; Keija Minor has been at the helm of Brides magazine since 2012.
According to her Linkedin profile, Welteroth, 29, has worked on the editorial team at Glamour and Ebony magazines and has worked at Teen Vogue for more than three-and-a-half years. She bagged her degree in mass communications/media studies with a minor in journalism from Cal State Sacramento.
The current editor in chief of Teen Vogue, Amy Astley, will be moving to the head position at Architectural Digest. Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour congratulated Welteroth and her executive team—Marie Suter, who is Teen Vogue’s creative director; and Phillip Picardi, 25, who is TeenVogue.com’s digital director—in a press release:
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. 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.
This is a huge feat for African-Americans all over the world. Congrats to Welteroth! Let us know your thoughts on this development.