Elaine Welteroth represents herself as the kind of woman that’s not afraid to take a challenge head-on and do whatever it takes to create a workable situation that can be used as a teaching method for others or a learning process that can benefit those she’s trying to reach. Her goals are to inform the public and create a wider understanding of the political and social issues that are continuously affecting women of all colors, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. She is a highly opinionated woman that doesn’t shy away from the subjects that some people tread lightly around, and has brought her sense of style and morality into the public eye for all to see.
She’s a go-getter for sure.
5. Her first job was being a mascot for a Hometown Buffet.
She was told early in life that the trick to getting what you want is to bite off more than you can chew and then chew it as quickly as you can, metaphorically-speaking. Elaine is the type of woman that doesn’t get easily intimidated by a challenge and will do whatever it takes to move forward and achieve her goals. That’s the difference between those that do and those that sit and moan about what it would take to get what they want.
4. She broke into the magazine industry via an internship at Ebony magazine.
The internship was unpaid but it was obviously a great experience as it set her on a course that would soon decide the current state of her life and success. Many internships are unpaid as they are trial periods of a sort in which the individual is meant to learn but not yet benefit from the work they’re doing for the company. It seems a bit unfair but the on-the-job training comes in handy for later on in life.
3. She’s the editor in chief of Teen Vogue magazine.
At the age of 29 she’s the youngest editor in chief to hold the position and has done a great deal since she’s been with the magazine. Her ideas have been lauded as innovative and she’s done more in the short time she’s been in the position than many others do in a decade. Something seems to say that Teen Vogue will be changing continually while she’s at the helm, and likely for the better.
2. She’s been taking Teen Vogue in a new direction.
Instead of simply showcasing white, cisgender women the magazine has been diversifying by showcasing women of all color and genders so as to create more equality among the pages and show women that there is more than just one type of person that represents them. This is a bold move but one that seems to have been a long time coming and was needed very badly.
1. She’s been selected to receive the Marie C. Wilson award.
As a young and trailblazing feminist Elaine is receiving this award for all the work she’s done to date to raise the awareness of women of all colors and genders in a social and political sense. She’s on the road to a great and legendary career no doubt.
She knows what she wants, and she’s bound to get it.