Elaine Welteroth fearlessly continues her profession and conjures up girls in all places


If you've followed the fashion industry's news for the past decade, you probably know not only who Elaine Welteroth is, but your work has inspired you. Welteroth's positive energy is contagious in everything she does and serves as a constant reminder that you are enough and never stop living your passion. Welteroth, the New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, producer, and television presenter, has an extensive – and highly impressive – repertoire of accomplishments in the media industry. After working her way up as an editor for well-known publications, including Ebony and shineWelteroth became the youngest EIC at Conde Naste in 2017 when she was announced to lead Teen Vogue. During her time with Teen VogueShe led the team through impactful change by building a robust digital presence and most importantly, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing the content of diversity and social justice in order to give a much-needed voice to future generations.

In 2018, Welteroth decided to take the plunge and leave the world of magazines to begin her first major writing career. Her book, "More than enough: take up space for who you are, no matter what you say" became an overnight New York Times bestseller and received the 2020 NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work. Yara Shahidi commented on Welteroth's book: “Beautifully intimate and powerful at sharing her joys, pitfalls, adventures, self-doubts and successes. It reminds us that by uncovering and discovering the many facets of ourselves we are more than enough. “Welteroth is a modern day change advocate, having recently been named the Cultural Ambassador for Michelle Obama's When We All Vote and now hosting the new podcast. Built to lastwhich reinforces the stories of the black founders past and present. Welteroth also helped start the 15 percent promise next to Aurora James have a strong influence on black-owned companies.


Melinda Martin