Elaine Welteroth is a trendsetter – and not just in cosmetics, fashion or other clichés that spring to mind when you think of a teen magazine. Elaine was named editor of Teen Vogue in 2016, the youngest person ever appointed to this role. But what has people talking is the depth and breadth of coverage – from powerful political stories on US President Donald Trump to religious freedom and video posts from Native American women protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. In this podcast from the 2017 Sydney Writers' Festival, Elaine speaks with Slate editor-in-chief Julia Turner.
Appointed in May 2016 and promoted to Editor in Chief in April 2017, Elaine Welteroth oversees and manages the editorial direction of Teen Vogue. She is largely responsible for the expansion of Teen Vogue’s coverage to include a wide range of feminist, social-justice, and political topics, alongside fashion, beauty, and entertainment news. Elaine joined Teen Vogue in 2012 as the first African-American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director at the publication, where, in addition to her beauty coverage, she continuously raised awareness of current events and social issues dedicated to empowering teens through print and online features. Prior to Teen Vogue, Elaine was the senior beauty editor at Glamour and a beauty and style editor at Ebony magazine, where she started her editorial career.
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