BKLYN  Builders: Elaine Welteroth

BKLYN Builders: Elaine Welteroth

March 23, 2021
Mai Perkins
February 24, 2021

In October 2019, our Brooklyn neighbor, Elaine Welteroth, sat down with Stacey Abrams for a conversation that unfolded at the Brooklyn Community Foundation during their #InvestinBrooklyn Dinner.

Ms. Abrams was quick to point out that it was under Elaine’s leadership as the youngest and first-ever Black Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue that some of the best civic-minded reporting in the last decade has been published. It is this intersection of art and activism where Elaine’s career and platform have evolved. Whether it’s public affairs and the rights of all people in tandem with fashion, beauty and celebrity news, she represents a more diverse and inclusive world. With the smash success of her New York Times bestselling manifesto, “More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are (No Matter What They Say),” the trailblazing journalist is inspiring female empowerment within a community of women of every age and ethnicity. Being instrumental in shifting the cultural conversation and mission at Teen Vogue has become an undeniable part of her legacy. The work she did at the magazine has prompted support from an intergenerational tribe that stands boldly for equity and representation.

Since her award-winning success at Teen Vogue, which included the First Teen Vogue Summit in 2017 that brought together attendees from across the world to galvanize social change, Elaine has had much to celebrate. Not only did she complete a whirlwind international tour to promote the book, but this past spring she celebrated her union with husband Jonathan Singletary in a socially distanced, Brooklyn stoop, fairytale wedding and epic block party! If you haven’t seen the video of the splendid affair that immediately went viral, then we invite you to check it out. M.A.D.E. BKLYN couldn’t be prouder to have such an esteemed neighbor among us, and we hope her story will inspire you to “claim your space” in this historic time.

Mai Perkins

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