29-year-old Elaine Welteroth has made publishing history today, as she’s been named the new editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue magazine, one of the flagship publications of the Condé Nast empire, and arguably the most influential fashion editorial brand in the world, along with its adult counterpart, Vogue.
Welteroth has held several magazine editor roles during her career, including Style editor at Ebony, and Senior Beauty Editor at Glamour. Not only is she the first African-American to be named editor-in-chief of the magazine, but at just 29, Welteroth is officially the youngest EIC in Condé Nast history. Condé Nast is of course the publishing giant responsible for renowned magazines like GQ, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, W, Golf Digest and more.
Anna Wintour, the famed editor-in-chief of Vogue and the artistic director of Condé Nast, said in a statement, “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,” referencing the two other editor hires at the magazine. “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.”
Over the years, Welteroth has been partially responsible for the increased multi-cultural coverage at the publication, which has seen stars like Zoe Kravitz and Willow Smith on its covers in recent years.