'Teen Vogue' Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth Leaves Condé Nast

BY NATALIE PETIT-FRERE

Teen Vogue's Elaine Welteroth steps down as Editor-in-Chief and leaves the Condé Nast publication. As of January 11th, 2017, Welteroth sent out an email to her staff announcing her departure as well as posting on Instagram.

When I moved to New York City at 21 as an editorial intern, my greatest dream was to become Editor-in-Chief. It was a goal too intimidating to even say aloud. I was convinced it was totally out of reach for someone with no connections, no trust fund, and no fancy clothes. I pursued the path anyway. Eventually, I started believing the vision placed inside of me. I learned to shrug off the fear of failure, and how to refuse the urge to shrink-even when I was asked to. . Now, at 31, God has broken the glass ceiling on all of my wildest childhood dreams. My bucket list is all checked off and somewhere along the way I've managed to join the ranks of unstoppable women who've, throughout history, stared back into the face of the unknown and decided to MAKE IT HAPPEN. . Now, it is time to dream even bigger. . After six life-changing years at Conde Nast, I've decided to leave the company. Leading @TeenVogue at a time such as this, alongside some of the most talented people in the industry has been the most rewarding experience of my editorial career. It has helped me discover how to use my voice to empower young people and girls. This will continue to be a major focus for me as I take my next step-because beyond the compelling covers, and groundbreaking conversations we started online, cultivating this incredible community is what I am most proud of. . You are a beautiful, inclusive tribe of thinkers, doers, and dreamers who challenge me to be better every day. Getting to know you, both online and in person, has been the absolute greatest joy of my job. And I'm excited to take you all along for the ride into my next chapter. . What I know now that I didn't know at 21 is that life is a series of dreams realized. There is no destination, but there will be breakthrough after breakthrough along the way. Our greatest obligation is to keep reaching, to continue growing, to push beyond what seems possible, to live outside the boxes created for us. That is exactly what 2018 is about for me, and for all of us. I'm beyond excited for what the future holds-if 2017 taught us anything, it's to never underestimate the power of a black woman...✌🏽❤️✊🏽 #TeenVogueForever #ontothenext

Welteroth's notable career includes being the youngest Editor-in-Chief at any publication as well as being the second woman of color to hold that title at Condé Nast. She started her editorial career at Ebony as an intern where she proved her skills then, landed a position as their beauty and style editor from 2008 to 2011. After that, Welteroth moved onto a brief stint at Glamour right before going to Teen Vogue in 2012. There, she served as a beauty and health director until receiving the position as Editor-in-Chief in April 2017. Without a doubt, Welteroth has impacted the publication greatly in her time there. From producing Teen Vogue's first ever summit to releasing the "For Girls, By Girls" issue which included an essay from Hilary Clinton, as well as the "Smart Girls Speak Up" issue which featured activist and actress Yara Shahidi and Rowan Blanchard, the magazine collectively became more culturally aware on the things not only happening in fashion but, the world as a whole.

When news broke that Teen Vogue's print edition would be shutting down, rumors circulated that Welteroth would be assigned Editor-in-Chief at a different publication at Condé Nast. That quickly came to rest when a Condé Nast spokesperson let out the following statement:

"We talked to Elaine about a number of different opportunities but ultimately she decided to go in a different direction," the spokesperson told Fashionista. "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."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there are talks that Welteroth will be moving into the TV scene after co-writing an episode of ABC's "Grown-ish". Though we'll miss her at Teen Vogue, we are excited to see what she has up her sleeve in her next venture.