Last month, Teen Vogue made history by positioning Elaine Welteroth as Teen Vogue’s new editorial head.
Welteroth will be heading the magazine with Digital Editorial Director Phillip Picardi and Creative Director Marie Suter.
Welteroth, Picardi, and Suter all have been fully co-signed by Anna Wintour, Conde Nast artistic director, and editor-in-chief of Vogue.
In a press release Wintour said the following:
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 news is not the first time Welteroth as made headlines; In 2011 she became Senior Beauty Editor at Glamour magazine from 2011 to 2012. Prior Glamour, she played her role as the Beauty and Style editor of Ebony magazine from 2008 to 2011.
Her promotion makes her the youngest person to be positioned with the title of editor-in-chief in Conde Nast history. Not only is she the youngest, she is also only the second African-American to own the title in the company’s 107-year life. Keija Minor was the first, in 2012 for Brides magazine.
With Welteroth’s inspection of Teen Vogue’s beauty coverage, her contribution boosted multicultural content over the years. Recent covers of Black women and girls like Amandla Stenberg, Willow Smith and Zoe Kravitz is part of what she explained as “a step in the right direction.”
Aside from writing excellent cover stories and editing inspiring features, she has strong social media presence with a little over fifty thousand followers on Instagram and fun Snapchat videos.