Elaine Welteroth Biography
Elaine Welteroth is an American journalist and editor born on 10 December 1986. She was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue in April 2016, making her the second person of African-American heritage in Condé Nast’s 107-year history to hold such a title.
Elaine’s promotion to the editor at age 29 made her the youngest in Condé Nast history to become an editor. She was the first person of African-American heritage to serve in the role when she became beauty director of Teen Vogue in 2012.
Elaine graduated from Newark Memorial High School in Newark, California, where she competed in track and field. She later joined California State University-Sacramento majoring in mass communication/media studies with a minor in journalism. He graduated in 2007.
Her first job in her hometown was being a mascot for her local Hometown Buffet, wearing a bird suit. Elaine has described the best career advice she’s ever received as: “Bite off more than you can chew. And then chew as fast as you can”.
Elaine joined Condé Nast in September 2011 by becoming the Beauty & Style editor for Glamour magazine 2011, and then Senior Beauty Editor. Elaine quickly developed her brand and Teen Vogue’s brand by posting behind-the-scenes photos and videos of photoshoots, her personal photos, and selfies with celebrities via Instagram. As Teen Vogue’s beauty and health director, in 2014, she was invited by Target to update a Fashion Week Instagram Diary of her experience being backstage at the New York and London Fashion Weeks.
Elaine’s social media also broadcasts her own accomplishments and Teen Vogue’s accomplishments, by sharing personal footage from her personal and professional life at least once or twice a day.
Elaine Welteroth Age
Elaine Marie Welteroth was born on 10, December 1986 in Newark, California, US. She is 32 years old as of 2018.
Elaine Welteroth Family
Welteroth was born to a white father and African American mother. She grew up in Fremont California.
Elaine Welteroth Boyfriend
She became engaged to musician Jonathan Singletary in December 2016. The couple initially met as children while they attended the same church. Elaine has also provided background vocals for Singletary’s song, “Don’t Fight Alone”
Elaine Welteroth Teen Vogue
In October 2012, she became the Beauty and Health Director at Teen Vogue in October 2012, making her the first African-American to hold this position. In Elaine’s debut issue as Beauty & Health Director, she penned the article “Natural Wonder”, where Welteroth encouraged readers to embrace their natural hair texture while also sharing her favorite natural hair products.
She was named editor of Teen Vogue in May 2016, replacing the founding editor-in-chief Amy Astley when Astley left to become editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest. She was honored at the 2016 Fashion Show & Style Awards through Harlem’s Fashion Row, a platform for multicultural fashion designers, as Editor of the Year.
She was named number 47 on The Root’s list of 100 influential African-Americans in 2016. Condé Naste officially named her editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue on April 29, 2017. Girls Write Now, a non-profit mentorship program based in New York City that encourages at-risk girls to find their voices through writing, named Welteroth an honoree for their May 23 annual awards ceremony.
Elaine is credited for the notable increase of Teen Vogue coverage of politics and social justice, and also encourages readers to become civically engaged, specifically during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Under her leadership of Teen Vogue’s shifting format, the magazine developed its first YouTube channel. The channel features content on diverse subjects from campus-style to cultural appropriation. Teen Vogue’s final print edition was in December 2017.
Elaine resigned from Teen Vogue on January 11, 2018, moved to California, and signed with CAA. Her memoir, More Than Enough: Claiming space for who you are (no matter what they say), was published by Viking in June 2019.
Elaine Welteroth Net Worth
Welteroth’s net worth is not yet disclosed.