Writer and editor Elaine Welteroth is the new editor at Teen Vogue. The appointment comes after news that founding editor-in-chief Amy Astley will be leaving her position. Astley was handpicked by Vogue editor Anna Wintour in 2003 to launch Teen Vogue. Welteroth, who joined the magazine in 2012, is currently its beauty and health director.
As editor-in-chief, Welteroth will oversee the publication alongside digital editorial director Phillip Picardi creative director Marie Suter.
Last fall, rumors circulated that Teen Vogue would closing its doors and would have its content integrated into Vogue’s. Instead, a bit of an editorial shakeup and a physical move of Teen Vogue’s offices took place.
At 29-years-old, Welteroth is now the youngest editor in Condé Nast’s history, a distinction previously held by Eva Chen who led the now-shuttered Lucky Magazine at the age of 33 in 2013.
During her time at Teen Vogue, Welteroth has proved instrumental in opening up a wider conversation about diversity at the publication by contributing articles about natural hair, black fashion models, and emerging black talents.