Thanks to editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth and writers like Lauren Duca, Teen Vogue has become essential print and online reading on political and social issues. Op-eds like “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America” proved that the magazine wouldn’t “stick to the thigh-high boots,” no matter what Tucker Carlson said (Carlson’s remark actually inspired the name of Duca’s column “Thigh-High Politics“).
Teen Vogue continued to prove its woke credibility in the wake of the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. One woman (32-year-old Heather Heyer) was killed and 34 others were injured after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters during a white nationalist rally—the neo-Nazi demonstrations centered on the city’s decision to remove a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
These events, which roiled the entire country, also altered Teen Vogue‘s regularly scheduled programming. Last night was the Teen Choice Awards, honoring stars like Chris Pratt, Emma Watson and Dwayne Johnson. But while the magazine did cover the awards show online, it devoted its Twitter account to “Charlottesville and white supremacy” instead of a Teen Choice live-tweet.
The magazine also shared articles about white male terrorism and the alt-right.
In addition, Teen Vogue spotlighted concrete actions its readers could take, like protesting and donating.
Many people on Twitter praised Welteroth and digital editorial director Phillip Picardi for Teen Vogue‘s advocacy, but they both gave the credit to the magazine’s social director Terron Moore. The Observer has reached out to Moore and will update this post if he responds.