Conde Nast has made it official and promoted Elaine Welteroth to Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue.
Welteroth, 30, most recently held the title of editor alongside digital director Phillip Picardi and creative director Marie Suter, and will now be charged with expanding Teen Vogue’s presence through new consumer experiences and products, according to WWD.
You may have noticed an extra element of “wokeness” at Teen Vogue in the past year. The recent focus on political and social issues facing people of color, women and other marginalized groups is a direct result of Welteroth and Picardi’s leadership.
From exploring young Native American girls thoughts on cultural appropriation to taking a stand on resisting Donald Trump’s America, Teen Vogue has been at the forefront of the most pertinent issues facing young adults.
“Elaine is incredibly in tune with the Teen Vogue audience and has used that unique insight to engage and connect with her readers on a very personal level,” said Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue. “Over the last year, she has demonstrated a fearless leadership in her pursuit to make Teen Vogue the voice of a new generation, and we look forward to all she will accomplish in her expanded role as Teen Vogue’s new editor in chief.”
The news comes on the heels of Conde Nast’s appointment of Edward Enninful as Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, marking a historically diverse shake up at some of the publisher’s biggest titles.
Welteroth’s new appointment is certainly a positive move in the direction of diverse leadership in the fashion and magazine industries.
We can’t wait to see Welteroth continue to sprinkle her Black Girl Magic at Teen Vogue. Congratulations!