Elaine Welteroth has stepped down as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and is leaving Condé Nast, bringing an abrupt end to a six-year run that saw her rise from beauty editor at Glamour to the youngest editor-in-chief in Condé Nast history.
“We talked to Elaine about a number of different opportunities but ultimately she decided to go in a different direction,” reads an official statement given to Folio: by a Condé Nast spokesperson. “She was instrumental in the successful launch of the Teen Vogue Summit and [we] know that she will carry that same passion and enthusiasm into her next venture. We wish her all the best in what we know will be an incredible career.”
The revelation comes days after Condé tapped CNN’s Samantha Barry as the next editor-in-chief of Glamour, ending a four-month search for Cindi Leive’s successor. Welteroth, who shifted over to Teen Vogue from Glamour in 2012, was widely speculated to be among the frontrunners for Leive’s old job, although the company never publicly identified any candidates.
The obvious choice to lead Teen Vogue going forward is Philip Picardi, currently digital editorial director for both Teen Vogue and Allure, who co-ran the brand with Welteroth until her elevation to editor-in-chief last April.
Teen Vogue shuttered its print edition in December while Condé Nast indicated plans to invest further in the brand’s growing digital presence—largely the fruit of Welteroth and Picardi’s work shifting the brand’s coverage to focus increasingly on social and political issues as well as fashion and celebrity content, the brand’s historical bread and butter.