Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth exits, inks deal with Creative Artists Agency


By Bennett Bennett | Staff writer

January 12, 2018 | 3 min read

Elaine Welteroth, who was promoted to the magazine's top post in April 2017, has announced her exit from Teen Vogue.

Teen Vogue

Issues of Teen Vogue, whose editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth has exited the publication

Welteroth joined the publication in 2012 as their beauty and health editor after time spent at sister Conde Nast magazine Glamour. She held the role until elevated to editor, and soon thereafter shared role of editor-in-chief duties with digital editorial director Phillip Picardi (now editor of new digital-only LGBTQ publication them.), replacing Amy Astley.

In her tenure as the magazine's youngest and only female editor-in-chief (second editor-in-chief of color in Conde Nast history), the magazine was noted for its shift to creating politically-engaged content for its teenage audience, especially on its digital channels.

In November, it was announced by Conde Nast that the magazine would shutter its print publication, after being forced from monthly to quarterly issues in 2016. It's last issue, true to form with its newfound activist voice, had presidential candidate Hilary Clinton as its guest editor.

According to Fashionista, Welteroth made the announcement in an email to the company on Thursday (January 1), her former employer saying they discussed multiple opportunities with her, but "ultimately she decided to go in a different direction." In an exclusive with the Hollywood Reporter, Welteroth inked a deal with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

Her career started in advertising and marketing, with a tenure at Ogilvy and Mather as a fellow 4As Multicultural Advertising Internship Program. With her experience in both marketing and editorial, as well as credits on television, the next chapter of her career is now wide-open.


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