Elaine Welteroth wrote a book that all fashionistas should read
At a very young age of 29, Elaine Welteroth became the youngest Editor-In-Chief in history of Teen Vogue and the second Black Editor-in-Chief of a Conde Nast publication. She is known as a revolutionary who was the first to successfully bring conversations around social justice, feminism, gender fluidity, and several other topics that at one time were taboo to discuss, to the pages of Teen Vogue. Lucky for us fashionistas with aspirations of becoming successful in the fashion industry, she has written a memoir, “More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)” to share her journey to success.
In this inspirational memoir, Welteroth explores and shares what it looks like to make space at the table for who you are as your one hundred percent most authentic self. She talks about her journey of journalism and climbing the ladder in the world of fashion journalism.
Before picking the book up I was super excited to read about Welteroth’s journey because I knew that as a Black woman with aspirations of becoming successful and climbing the ranks of the fashion industry I would resonate with her on some level. Shortly after diving into the book, I realized I was right!
Elaine starts the book off by sharing her childhood experience of growing up in Northern California, with her Black mother and White father. From a very early age Elaine had ambitions of success and was devoted to achieving all of her goals. She shares how uncomfortable her childhood was for her as a child who was different from all of the other kids because of her hair texture, skin color, and heritage. As a mixed kid, she felt like she didn’t quite fit in with the black or white kids.
Luickly, in college Elaine met and attracted students and friends that shared the same aspirations of success with her, helping her to find her niche and “fit in”. She prospered as she was offered several internships and job opportunities during this phase of her life. Elaine discusses how she always followed her instincts to do what was best for her and how that helped her to pursue her dream of climbing the ranks as a fashion journalist extremely quick. She was afforded the opportunity to work for fashion powerhouses Ebony, Glamour, and then Teen Vogue.
This is a must read for any young girl, young woman, or woman of color with an interest in working and excelling in the fashion industry. It is a reminder to all young black girls that there is space for them at the table. This book will give them hope and demonstrate the importance of their voices being heard. Anyone who reads this memoir will feel inspired and empowered to accomplish whatever it is that they dream of.
More than Enough highlights Elaine’s dedication to celebrating inclusivity in the Fashion Industry, an industry that has a history of being predominantly full of white and privileged individuals. She uses her experiences to transform the trajectory of not only Teen Vogue but the fashion industry as a whole, making it a more socially conscious industry. This is a memoir with positive message that can transcend to women of all ages, colors, and backgrounds, and make a true impact on the world of fashion.
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