Elaine Welteroth has a robust media career that’s included plenty of milestones, both for herself and the industry. At 28, she became editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, making her both the youngest and only the second African American to hold the title in Condé Nast’s history. But it’s been the past two years, since leaving the media world full-time, that she feels she has made the most leaps and bounds.
“I’ve had a 10-year career, and I think that the most impactful work I’ve done has happened in the last two years, because it took that long to even show up fully and be able to speak up for my community in a way that I didn’t have the courage to or language for before,” Welteroth tells host Noor Tagouri in this week’s episode of The Barneys Podcast. “I spent a lot of my career assimilating and just trying to fit in. Just to feel good enough. Just to feel worthy enough to be in the room. Just to be respected.”
Welteroth put her experiences and realizations on paper, penning More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are, which came out last month and is already a best seller. On this week’s episode, she dishes about why she chose to write her book, why she’s not calling it a memoir (“I hate the term memoir! This is an offering. This is a testimony. A manifesto.”), and what’s next.
New episodes of The Barneys Podcast come out every Wednesday. It is produced by Noor Tagouri, Transmitter Media, and Barneys New York. You can find it on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or anywhere you get your podcasts.