Teen Vogue is a US magazine which was launched in 2004 as a sister publication to Vogue, targeted at teenage girls. Like Vogue, it includes stories about fashion and celebrities. Since 2015, the magazine has moved its focus away from shopping and fashion features into more topical content, including politics and current affairs.
Teen Vogue was established in 2003, as a spinoff of Vogue, and led by former Vogue fashion editor Amy Astley, under the guidance of Anna Wintour. The magazine is published in a smaller 6¾"x9" format to afford it more visibility on shelves and some flexibility getting into a digest size slot at checkout stands.
In May 2016, Elaine Welteroth was appointed as editor, replacing the founding editor-in-chief Amy Astley. Her appointment at 29 saw her become the youngest editor-in-chief in Condé Nast's history, and the second African-American. She works closely with digital editorial director Phillip Picardi and creative director Marie Suter.
In November 2016, it was announced Teen Vogue would start publishing quarterly, following the Dec/Jan 2017 issue.
In December 2016, the magazine published an opinion article by Lauren Duca, the magazine’s weekend editor, entitled "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America." Within weeks, the essay had been viewed 1.2 million times, and on NPR's All Things Considered, David Folkenflik described the essay as signaling a shift in the magazine's emphasis toward more political and social engagement. According to The New York Times, many media observers were "surprised to see a magazine for teenagers making such a strong political statement," although Folkenflik acknowledged he drew criticism for expressing this surprise and at Slate, Mark Joseph Stern argued the essay was consistent with the magazine's record, since the appointment of Welteroth and Picardi, as a "teen glossy with seriously good political coverage and legal analysis, an outlet for teenagers who—shockingly!—are able to think about fashion and current events simultaneously." At The Atlantic, Sophie Gilbert similarly noted, "The pivot in editorial strategy has drawn praise on social media, with some writers commenting that Teen Vogue is doing a better job of covering important stories in 2016 than legacy news publications."
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