05/22/2013 06:08 pm ET Updated Jul 22, 2013

Teen Vogue's First African American Beauty Director Elaine Welteroth On Diversity


Recent masthead shake-ups have unearthed a new generation of young, ethnically diverse beauty editors--and they're bringing a fresh perspective on beauty to traditional media. As young women of color come into power in the industry, there's an opportunity for assumptions about race, beauty, and products to be challenged in an unprecedented way. For the next few weeks, we'll be speaking with several of these women and getting their perspective on the state of the industry.

Today, we're chatting with Teen Vogue's recently appointed Beauty & Health Director, Elaine Welteroth. Formerly a senior beauty editor at Glamour, Elaine is the first African American in the position at Teen Vogue. After the jump, see what she has to say about diversity in beauty, the role of social media, and filling Eva Chen's Miu Miu shoes.