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Elaine Welteroth on changing Teen Vogue, breaking glass ceilings and how to claim space for yourself

When Elaine Welteroth was 29 years old, she became the editor of Teen Vogue. That made her the youngest person ever — and only the second black person ever — to hold the title in the history of Condé Nast.
Elaine Welteroth in the q studio in Toronto. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

In 2016, when Elaine Welteroth was just 29 years old, she became the editor of Teen Vogue. That made her the youngest person ever — and only the second black person ever — to hold the title in the history of Condé Nast.

It was a huge moment for Welteroth's career, but it was also the beginning of a new era for Teen Vogue. Under her leadership, she helped the magazine change and evolve in ways that surprised a lot of people.

Welteroth joined guest host Nana aba Duncan in the q studio to talk about her new book, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), a part-memoir, part-manifesto about how and why she made Teen Vogue more socially-conscious.

Elaine Welteroth's new book is called More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) and it's out now. (Penguin Random House Canada)

"You grow up in a world that tells you that as a woman you can be either beautiful or smart," said Welteroth. "You can either be fashionable or taken seriously — and I think those are false binaries. My goal at Teen Vogue was to break those down and to show that these are fallacies to begin with."

Download our podcast or click 'Listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation with Elaine Welteroth.

— Produced by ​Cora Nijhawan

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