Teen Vogue magazine may have reached the end of the line but its publishers are determined to end production with a bang, not a whimper, with the appointment of Hillary Clinton to guest-edit its December edition.
Clinton is expected to use her editorial free reign at the Conde Nast title to champion young female activists; including her own daughter Chelsea, while also finding time to pen a letter to her teenage self and recall her childhood best friend Betsy Ebeling.
The highly personal account comes on the anniversary of her bruising election loss to Donald Trump, a period in which she has spent time reflecting on her life and work including the publication of her latest book, What Happened.
In a joint statement with Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth Clinton wrote: “I love seeing articles about the search for the perfect makeup remover next to essays about running for office… Teen girls are a powerful force for good in the world, and it’s refreshing to see that reflected in these pages.
“Have you ever noticed that whenever a teenage girl takes a stand on an important issue, people seem surprised?” she continued. “That’s true even in 2017 – a year that has seen young women turning out in force at the Women’s Marches, smashing expectations in sports and STEM, demanding diversity in books and movies, rallying to protect affordable health care and planned parenthood, even holding a quinceañera on the steps of the Texas Capitol to protest attacks on immigrants’ rights.
“Girls are raising awareness about child marriage in Yemen and sex trafficking in Cambodia; speaking out for environmental justice in Flint, Michigan, and equality in Raleigh, North Carolina, and so much more.”
The special edition will be available in the US from 5 December and carries a patriotic front cover composed of a montage of images of Clinton reflecting her life and political career.
The appointment follows an embarrassing spat with the ASA in which Conde Nast saw a 'socially irresponsible' advert for its Traveller magazine banned.