29-year-old Elaine Welteroth, who has served as Teen Vogue’s Beauty and Health Director since October 2012, will replace the mag’s founding editor Amy Astley as she exits to head up another Conde Nast publication, Architectural Digest.
This exciting promotion makes Welteroth the youngest person and only the second African-American in Conde Nast’s 107 year history to hold the title. The first was Keija Minor, who was appointed EIC of Brides Magazine in 2012.
Before she started writing dope cover stories, editing inspiring features and managing some of the industry’s top editors at Teen Vogue, the California native was Senior Beauty Editor at Glamour and prior to that, held the title of Beauty and Style Editor at EBONY.
Joining Welteroth in continuing that remarkable success is Marie Suter, who is Teen Vogue’s creative director, and Phillip Picardi, 25, who is TeenVogue.com’s digital editorial director. And, of course, the trio has been fully co-signed by Anna Wintour (aka Condé Nast artistic director and editor-in-chief of Vogue). She said the following 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.
Keep up with her on Instagram and Snapchat @elainewelteroth!