Elaine Welteroth is a trendsetter – and not just in cosmetics, fashion or other clichés that spring to mind when you think of a teen magazine. Elaine was named editor of Teen Vogue in 2016, the youngest person ever appointed to this role. But what has people talking is the depth and breadth of coverage – from powerful political stories on US President Donald Trump to religious freedom and video posts from Native American women protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. She speaks with Slate editor-in-chief Julia Turner. 

Elaine Welteroth (International)

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Appointed in May 2016 and promoted to Editor in Chief in April 2017, Elaine Welteroth oversees and manages the editorial direction of Teen Vogue. She is largely responsible for the expansion of Teen Vogue’s coverage to include a wide range of feminist, social-justice, and political topics, alongside fashion, beauty, and entertainment news. Elaine edited September 2016’s 'For Girls By Girls' issue, which was shot entirely by female photographers, and set the tone for the brand’s increased emphasis on diversity, female empowerment, and cross-generational conversations. Elaine joined Teen Vogue in 2012 as the first African-American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director at the publication, where, in addition to her beauty coverage, she continuously raised awareness of current events and social issues dedicated to empowering teens through print and online features. Prior to Teen Vogue, Elaine was the senior beauty editor at Glamour and a beauty and style editor at Ebony magazine, where she started her editorial career.

Julia Turner (International)

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Julia Turner is editor-in-chief of Slate, the award-winning site known for its surprising and witty take on news, culture, politics, business and technology. Under Turner’s leadership, Slate has received three National Magazine Award nominations, a George Polk award, and other accolades. Turner is a co-host of Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast, which was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Turner also writes on culture, technology and design, and her coverage of Mad Men won an Online Journalism Award for commentary.