‘Teen Vogue’ names 1st Black editor-in-chief, Elaine Welteroth

Photo credit: @elainewelteroth/Instagram
Photo credit: @elainewelteroth/Instagram

Teen Vogue’s former editor-in-chief, Amy Astley, is moving on to a head position at Architectural Digest.

In her absence, Elaine Welteroth, who made headlines in 2012 when she became the publication’s first African American beauty director, has been named the new editor-in-chief. To put things into perspective, Welteroth, 29, is the youngest editor in the company’s 107-year history. Not to mention, the second Black woman named to head a Condé Nast book.

As the youngest person to hold her new title, Welteroth is joined by two other editors — the magazine’s digital editorial director, Phillip Picardi, will also lead with Welteroth as well as 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,” Condé Nast Artistic Director and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Magazine Anna Wintour said in a statement. “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.”

According to her Linkedin profile, the Cal State Sacramento graduate’s experience traces back to Ebony (2008-2011) and Glamour (2011-2012) magazines. Having overseen beauty coverage across Teen Vogue’s print, online, and social media platforms for the last three years, Welteroth contributed to the teen print’s boost in multicultural content including recent covers featuring Willow Smith, Amandla Stenberg and Zoe Kravitz.

Congrats, Elaine. Show her some love in the comment section below.

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