It seems like 2018 started off with big changes for our girl, Elaine Welteroth. On January 14th, Elaine took to Instagram to officially announce her departure with Teen Vogue:
When I moved to New York City at 21 as an editorial intern, my greatest dream was to become Editor-in-Chief. It was a goal too intimidating to even say aloud. I was convinced it was totally out of reach for someone with no connections, no trust fund, and no fancy clothes. I pursued the path anyway. Eventually, I started believing the vision placed inside of me. I learned to shrug off the fear of failure, and how to refuse the urge to shrink—even when I was asked to. . Now, at 31, God has broken the glass ceiling on all of my wildest childhood dreams. My bucket list is all checked off and somewhere along the way I’ve managed to join the ranks of unstoppable women who’ve, throughout history, stared back into the face of the unknown and decided to MAKE IT HAPPEN. . Now, it is time to dream even bigger. . After six life-changing years at Conde Nast, I’ve decided to leave the company. Leading @TeenVogue at a time such as this, alongside some of the most talented people in the industry has been the most rewarding experience of my editorial career. It has helped me discover how to use my voice to empower young people and girls. This will continue to be a major focus for me as I take my next step—because beyond the compelling covers, and groundbreaking conversations we started online, cultivating this incredible community is what I am most proud of. . You are a beautiful, inclusive tribe of thinkers, doers, and dreamers who challenge me to be better every day. Getting to know you, both online and in person, has been the absolute greatest joy of my job. And I’m excited to take you all along for the ride into my next chapter. . What I know now that I didn’t know at 21 is that life is a series of dreams realized. There is no destination, but there will be breakthrough after breakthrough along the way. Our greatest obligation is to keep reaching, to continue growing, to push beyond what seems possible, to live outside the boxes created for us. That is exactly what 2018 is about for me, and for all of us. I’m beyond excited for what the future holds—if 2017 taught us anything, it’s to never underestimate the power of a black woman…✌🏽❤️✊🏽 #TeenVogueForever #ontothenext
On April 29, 2017 Elaine was officially named the Editor-in-Cheif of Teen Vogue, making her the second African-American Editor-in-Cheif in Condé Nast history. Prior to this role, she’d worked at Teen Vogue since October 2012. She began as a Health & Beauty director, working her way up to an Editor, and finally scoring Editor-in-Cheif. Within those 5 years, Elaine accomplished so many things. Just to name a few, she was listed at number 47 on The Root‘s list of ‘100 Influential African-Americans’ in 2016. Within the same year, she was honored at the Fashion Show & Style Awards through Harlem Fashion Row, a platform for multicultural fashion designers, as Editor of the Year.
As Editor-in-Cheif, Elaine expanded Teen Vogue‘s focus and received recognition for the noticeable increase of content on politics and social justice, including close coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election. Her first issue featured Willow Smith on the cover, and contained headlines like “Cultural Appreciation: Real Girls, Real Beauty, Real Talk”. Elaine made it a priority for Teen Vogue to address issues not only within the African-American community but also for women all over the world.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Elaine signed with CAA (Creative Artists Agency) shortly after her public announcement. Though she hasn’t made it clear what exactly she’ll be doing, there is much speculation that she will be pursuing more on-camera roles in film, television, digital, branding, and endorsements as well as speaking engagements.
We, at Vashtie.com, are so excited to see what the future holds for Elaine. She is without a doubt, a pure definition of #blackgirlmagic!