Teen Vogue editor in chief Alexi McCammond has resigned. Hired March 5 and slated to start March 24, McCammond has faced criticism from anti-Asian and homophobic tweets she sent as a teenager years ago.
Condé Nast and McCammond, 27, have officially ended their professional relationship.
Although the former Politico reporter deleted the offensive tweets in 2019, screenshots appeared after her Teen Vogue hire. Several magazine staffers also opposed her hiring, given the rise in anti-Asian violence.
“My past tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about — issues that Teen Vogue has worked tirelessly to share with the world — and so Condé Nast and I have decided to part ways,” she said in a statement in a tweet.
The statement added: “I became a journalist to help lift up the stories and voices of our most vulnerable communities. As a young woman of color, that’s part of the reason I was so excited to lead the Teen Vogue team in their next chapter.”
According to The New York Times, Ulta Beauty and Burt's Bee's suspended their ad campaign with the magazine. The newspaper also reported Condé Nast was aware of the tweets when the position was offered.
Most recently, McCammond, who would have been the third Black EIC of Teen Vogue, covered Joe Biden’s presidential campaign for Axios. Previously, she worked as a news editor for Bustle and joined Axios in 2017.
At the time of her appointment, Anna Wintour, global editorial director of Vogue and Chief Content Officer of Condé Nast, stated: “Alexi has the powerful curiosity and confidence that embodies the best of our next generation of leaders.”
Bon Appetit editor Adam Rappaport
resigned last year after a photo depicted him in a racially derogatory pose purporting to be Puerto Rican.