Mar 18, 2021 - Economy

Incoming Teen Vogue editor Alexi McCammond resigns amid controversy over old tweets

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue incoming editor-in-chief Alexi McCammond, a former Axios reporter, has parted ways with the outlet, less than two weeks after Condé Nast chief content officer Anna Wintour announced her hire.

Why it matters: McCammond's hire was met by pushback from Teen Vogue staff members surrounding tweets she sent when she was 17 that were racist against Asians.

  • In a statement posted to Twitter, McCammond said her 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 Conde Nast and I have decided to part ways."
  • "I wish the talented team at Teen Vogue the absolute best moving forward. Their work has never been more important, and I will be rooting for them."
  • In a statement sent by Condé Nast chief people officer Stan Duncan to staff obtained by the New York Times, Duncan said: "After speaking with Alexi this morning, we agreed that it was best to part ways, so as to not overshadow the important work happening at Teen Vogue."

The big picture: Teen Vogue employees publicly cited the tweets in relation to rising anti-Asian violence in the U.S. in a letter sent to Condé Nast management voicing concerns about McCammond's hiring.

  • On Wednesday, police charged a white man in connection with the deaths of eight people, including six Asian women, in three separate shootings at spas in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
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