In 2016 Elaine Welteroth was promoted as the new editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue Magazine. She was set to replace Amy Astley who worked as the founding Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue since 2003.
Welteroth previously worked as the style editor of Ebony Magazine and the senior beauty editor at Glamour Magazine. In 2013, she began working as the beauty and health editor for Teen Vogue, where she eventually made history by becoming the first black Editor in Chief of the publication.
This was a moment that sparked inspiration for women working in fashion but, more specifically, this was a historical moment for black women everywhere.
In honor of Elaine Welteroth’s accomplishments here are a few other women of color who are thriving in the fashion industry!
After graduating from Howard University with a degree in journalism, Barfield got her start with an internship at Suede Magazine and then ventured on to Instyle Magazine as an intern. She now holds the title of Instyle’s Fashion and Beauty editor at Large.
She began her career in fashion as an intern at Yves Saint Laurent and then moved on to become the Public Relations Assistant. Turini’s profound resume includes Accessories Editor at W Magazine, Accessories Director at Teen Vogue, Beauty and Market Editor at CR Fashion Book, and Fashion Market Director for Cosmopolitan Magazine. Turini currently resides in New York as a Creative Consultant.
Keija Minor worked as a corporate lawyer in New York until the golden age of 27. With a desire to work in a creative environment, she quit her job to work as an intern at a travel magazine. Minor, 41, now works as The editor-in-chief of Brides. She is the first African American woman to become editor-in-chief at Conde Nast.
The celebrity stylist, creative director and author got her start at Uptown Records. She worked as the celebrity stylist for many upcoming music artists. Her work includes wardrobe styling for the classic film “Belly.” Ambrose has helped launch a multitude of celebrities in the right style direction. She is also known for helping Jay-Z reinvent his own personal style.
Tracy Reese is an American Fashion designer from Detroit Michigan. Reese graduated from Parsons school of Design, years later she launched her own line. Her brand is for the fun and working woman. Her designs have been seen on Michelle Obama, Kelly Rowland, and Sarah Jessica Parker — to name a few!
Post the TRSS16 show, @keyofstyle and I caught up to talk about how wonderful it is to have someone as influential as #MichellObama wearing our clothes. After 8 years of watching our unofficial brand ambassador carry herself with style and grace, I am proud and humbled by the unique opportunity to have dressed the First Lady. #tracyreese #flotus #michelleobama #yeswecan #yeswedid #style #icon @michelleobama 🎥: @heybulldogstudios, @keyofstyle
The Washington Post Fashion Critic is a writer whose subjects aim towards the notion of fashion as culture. Givhan, a Pulitzer Prize winner of criticism is a Detroit native who is the queen of tackling fashion one article at a time.
The new mother and Creative Director holds an impressive resume as well. Jacques has worked at Racked as their first Editor at Large. Her list of employees include Vibe Magazine, Nylon, Glamour and Christian Louboutin. She has held many titles, which include fashion director, publicist, and editor. Jacques resides in New York with her husband and son, and is still breaking down barriers in fashion.
Chapoteau quit her job after realizing she wanted to work in fashion. The former Architect got her start with an internship at Marie Claire Magazine. She has worked at Instyle Magazine as an Accessories Director and now works for Allure Magazine as the Accessories Director.
Tamu McPherson is the creator of “All the Pretty Birds.” She is a Jamaican born, but New York raised, fashion girl who has even earned a degree from Fordham Law. McPherson worked as a lawyer until she realized that her heart was in fashion. Her work in fashion began in Milan, where she became a style photographer. She became a contributor for Elle Italia and Vogue, and has also worked as the editor-in-chief at Grazia.