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Award-Winning Journalist, NYT Bestselling Author, Judge on Project Runway

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New & Noteworthy Elaine's book, "More Than Enough," became an instant New York Times bestseller

Elaine Welteroth: Biography at a Glance

  • Elaine Welteroth is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, producer, and judge on the new Project Runway.
  • She writes Ask Elaine, a new advice column for The Washington Post where she helps people learn to pivot and embrace the changes in their lives.
  • She was formerly host on a season of The Talk, CBS' Emmy Award-winning talk show highlighting current events, pop culture, family, celebrity, and other trending topics.
  • She is known for her groundbreaking work at the helm of Teen Vogue, where she was appointed the youngest ever Editor-in-Chief at a Conde Nast publication and used her position to prioritize diversity and social justice coverage.
  • Elaine released her own MasterClass, on designing a dream career by harnessing one’s values, skills, and passions.
  • She is regarded as a leading expert and advocate for the next generation of changemakers. Elaine was appointed Cultural Ambassador for Michelle Obama's When We All Vote initiative, and in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, she helped launch the "15 Percent Pledge," a non-profit advocacy organization that recruits major retailers including Sephora and Macy’s to commit at least 15% of their purchasing power to Black-owned businesses.
  • Her debut book More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are No Matter What They Say was an immediate New York Times bestseller and won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

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Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, producer, and television host who appears as a judge on Bravo’s Project Runway and co-hosted The Talk on CBS.

In partnership with Anonymous Content, Welteroth is currently wrote and is executive producer of the television adaptation of her first book, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are No Matter What They Say. The memoir-meets-manifesto became an instant New York Times bestseller and won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

As the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, Welteroth broke barriers and became the youngest person to serve as an editor-in-chief at a Condé Nast publication and only the second Black journalist to hold the title in the company’s history. Prior to that, she was the publishing giant’s first-ever Black beauty director and held senior editorial roles at both Glamour and Ebony where she started her career in magazine journalism. During her decade-long tenure, Welteroth used her groundbreaking positions at global mass media companies to prioritize diversity and social justice coverage.

Welteroth released her own MasterClass, on designing a dream career by harnessing one’s values, skills, and passions. Welteroth’s own passion continues to motivate her to advocate for the next generation of changemakers and fight for underrepresented voices to be heard. Recently named Editor-at-Large of Complex and Verizon’s new digital magazine, In The Know, she oversees all covers and leads culture-shifting conversations that engage the intersectional interests of Gen-Z. She also hosted Facebook’s “#BuyBlack Friday Show” to celebrate Black-owned businesses through a live shopping platform. The show was produced by Will Smith’s Westbrook Media.

Her advocacy work includes being appointed Cultural Ambassador for Michelle Obama's “When We All Vote” initiative in 2020 where she worked to galvanize voter turnout among youth and BIPOC voters. Following the murder of George Floyd, she helped launch the 15 Percent Pledge – a non-profit advocacy organization that recruits major retailers to commit at least 15% of their purchasing power to Black-owned businesses.

In addition to writing credits on the hit Freeform series Grown-ish, her work has appeared in The New York Times, British Vogue, TIME, Glamour, and The Hollywood Reporter.

After building her media career in New York City, the Northern California native now resides in Los Angeles with her husband. The couple welcomed their first child this year.

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Elaine Welteroth was an excellent, excellent host. She acted as the glue for the event through her engaging presence and oratory.

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