Synopses & Reviews
Part-manifesto, part-memoir, from the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue, an exploration of what it means to come into your own — on your own terms
Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.
Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier-breaker across so many intersections. As a young boss and often the only Black woman in the room, she's had enough of the world telling her — and all women — they're not enough. As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward, we're ultimately reminded that we're more than enough.
"[Elaine Welteroth's] impressive career trajectory makes for fascinating reading....An inspiring memoir by a dynamic groundbreaker." Kirkus Reviews
"With lyrical prose resonant of Jacqueline Woodson's, Welteroth shows what it truly means to be a leader....Welteroth is proof that 'living the dream' is an ever-changing, ever satisfying journey to behold." Booklist (Starred Review)
"[An] inspiring debut...[A] narrative of empowerment to any reader who has had similar experiences. This affecting tale of claiming one's space and refuting biases will encourage readers to believe in their own worth." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Elaine Welteroth is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, producer, and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. In 2017, Welteroth broke new ground as the youngest person and the second African-American to ever hold this title at a Condé Nast publication. She has been credited for reinventing the magazine as the go-to source for socially conscious young people. Prior to Teen Vogue, she held senior editorial positions at Glamour and Ebony. Her writing appears in The New York Times, British Vogue, and The Hollywood Reporter. She has written for the hit show Grown-ish and has appeared on-camera for a range of media outlets including ABC News, Netflix, and Bravo's new Project Runway where she appears as a judge. She has also taken on the role of cultural ambassador for Michelle Obama's organization When We All Vote, a non-partisan voting initiative that aims to increase voter turnout, particularly among young people, women, and people of color. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband.