Not only is she the first African American to head the magazine’s editorial, she is also the youngest editor in the company’s 107-year history. TheRoot also notes that she is also the second black woman named to head a Conde Nast title; Keija Minor has been guiding Brides magazine since 2012.
Welteroth, 29, received her degree in Mass Communications/Media Studies with a minor in journalism from Cal State Sacramento and has has held editorial positions at Glamour and Ebony magazines, and has been at Teen Vogue for more than three and a half years.
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Conde Nast artistic director, the legendary Anna Wintour congratulated Welteroth and her executive team 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.
Amy Astley, Teen Vogue’s current editor-in-chief, will take on the head position at Architectural Digest.
Props to Elaine Welteroth!