Elaine Welteroth was known for dropping statement-making magazine covers when she was the editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, but she just released a different type of cover that you’ll want to cop. In an Instagram post, the 32-year-old debuted the artwork for her upcoming book, “More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are (No Matter What They Say).”
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I’ve dropped many covers throughout my magazine career but NOTHING compares to the feeling of sharing the first glimpse of MY BOOK COVER with you guys. To add to the explosion of emotions: one of my personal (s)heroes—Queen @ava—is writing the foreword. There really are no words that can do it justice so I’ll just say this: We all learn lessons the hard way, but there is nothing like the satisfaction of fighting for what you believe in, overcoming the odds, pushing through fear by faith, and coming out on the other side with your head held high. That’s the spirit behind this book. And that’s the spirit I’m going to carry through the next 4 months and 15 days until it is out in the world. Until then, FAM the #MoreThanEnough pre-order link is officially on and poppin’! I can’t wait to share this with you!! *** Thank you to my next-level team @vikingbooks who made this possible, and all my closest friends who I harassed on group text chains to weigh in on every detail of this cover. I love you so much!
Welteroth’s book is part-memoir and part-advice book, similar to Yvonne’s Orji’s soon-to-be-published narrative, except all about how she broke barriers in the journalism industry, and the lessons she learned on her journey. In an interview with Essence, the newly minted author said this compilation of stories is her gift to the upcoming era: “This is my offering to the next generation as much as it is a tribute to the women who have come before me and offered their shoulders to stand on.”
And the journalist knows all about paving the way. In 2016, Elaine was named the first black and youngest editor-in-chief at Condé Nast. During her time there, the California native mixed social justice issues and politics into the magazine’s usual fashion and entertainment coverage. She added: “We all learn life’s lessons the hard way, but there is nothing like the satisfaction of fighting for what you believe in, overcoming the odds, pushing through fear by faith, and coming out on the other side with your head held high. That’s the spirit of this book.”
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When I moved to New York City at 21 as an editorial intern, my greatest dream was to become Editor-in-Chief. It was a goal too intimidating to even say aloud. I was convinced it was totally out of reach for someone with no connections, no trust fund, and no fancy clothes. I pursued the path anyway. Eventually, I started believing the vision placed inside of me. I learned to shrug off the fear of failure, and how to refuse the urge to shrink—even when I was asked to. . Now, at 31, God has broken the glass ceiling on all of my wildest childhood dreams. My bucket list is all checked off and somewhere along the way I’ve managed to join the ranks of unstoppable women who’ve, throughout history, stared back into the face of the unknown and decided to MAKE IT HAPPEN. . Now, it is time to dream even bigger. . After six life-changing years at Conde Nast, I’ve decided to leave the company. Leading @TeenVogue at a time such as this, alongside some of the most talented people in the industry has been the most rewarding experience of my editorial career. It has helped me discover how to use my voice to empower young people and girls. This will continue to be a major focus for me as I take my next step—because beyond the compelling covers, and groundbreaking conversations we started online, cultivating this incredible community is what I am most proud of. . You are a beautiful, inclusive tribe of thinkers, doers, and dreamers who challenge me to be better every day. Getting to know you, both online and in person, has been the absolute greatest joy of my job. And I’m excited to take you all along for the ride into my next chapter. . What I know now that I didn’t know at 21 is that life is a series of dreams realized. There is no destination, but there will be breakthrough after breakthrough along the way. Our greatest obligation is to keep reaching, to continue growing, to push beyond what seems possible, to live outside the boxes created for us. That is exactly what 2018 is about for me, and for all of us. I’m beyond excited for what the future holds—if 2017 taught us anything, it’s to never underestimate the power of a black woman…✌🏽❤️✊🏽 #TeenVogueForever #ontothenext
After leaving the publication last year, the biracial beauty signed with CAA to expand her opportunities in film, television, and speaking engagements. She also wrote and starred in episodes of Grown-ish, and became a judge on Project Runway. Talk about a woman who can do it all!
TELL US: Will you be running to pick up your copy on June 11?