Elaine Welteroth is the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, and the youngest Condé Nast editor in its 107-year history. In January 2018, it was announced she would be stepping down from her role, after signing with talent agency CAA.
Welteroth took on the role of editor-in-chief in April 2017. She has been influential in the magazine’s revitalisation, expanding its focus to feminism, culture and politics — including in depth coverage of the 2016 US election. “I think that stirred up a larger conversation around how we think about young girls,” Welteroth told The Guardian.
Her break in the media world came as an intern at Ebony magazine, where she moved up the ranks to become beauty editor between 2008 and 2011. After a stint at Glamour magazine, Welteroth joined Teen Vogue in 2012.
According to Condé Nast, subscriptions for Teen Vogue have increased 535% year-over-year.
“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 on Welteroth’s appointment to editor-in-chief. “Over the last year, she has demonstrated a fearless leadership in her pursuit to make Teen Vogue the voice of a new generation.”
On top of being the youngest Condé Nast editor, she is also the second African-American person to hold the title of editor-in-chief at the company. In 2016, Welteroth was named 47th in The Root’s list of 100 influential African-Americans.