Highly-regarded Teen Vogue editor in chief Elaine Welteroth is stepping away from the magazine. According to Fashionista, the announcement was made in an internal memo circulated to staff today (January 11, 2018).
According to Hollywood Reporter, Welteroth has signed on with talent agency CAA, which will work with her to expand her opportunities in film, television, digital, branding and endorsements as well as speaking engagements.
Welteroth has already begun to build her Hollywood resume, which includes a co-writing credit on “Grown-ish,” plus she made a cameo appearance on “Black-ish” in 2016.
Condé Nast provided a statement on Welteroth’s departure, stating, “We talked to Elaine about a number of different opportunities but ultimately she decided to go in a different direction. She was instrumental in the successful launch of the Teen Vogue Summit and know that she will carry that same passion and enthusiasm into her next venture. We wish her all the best in what we know will be an incredible career.”
After joining Teen Vogue as a healthy and beauty editor in 2012, Welteroth was named editor of the magazine in May 2016, replacing founding editor-in-chief Amy Astley. Just over a year later in April 2017 Welteroth’s title was upgraded to editor-in-chief.
At age 29, Welteroth was the youngest-ever editor in chief of a Condé Nast publication and only the second black women to hold the position.
While Welteroth energized the magazine and raised its profile through more political and racially inclusive content, the magazine announced in November 2017 it was ceasing publication of its print edition.