Teen Vogue's "woke" coverage of sociopolitical issues over the past two years has drawn ire from critics (Tucker Carlson among the most vocal), but with its latest cover star, the glossy just proved that its expanded focus is more than just a phase.
The title secured Hillary Clinton as a guest editor and cover star for a special edition of the Conde Nast publication, which hits newsstands Dec. 5. Additionally, it was announced that she will serve as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Teen Vogue Summit taking place in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 and 2.
Clinton writes that she "jumped at the chance" to guest-edit an issue after Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth extended the invitation. In an editor's letter, published online ahead of the issue's release, Clinton praised the magazine as well as the resilience of teen girls who have become involved in politics in the past year.
"I love seeing articles about the search for the perfect makeup remover next to essays about running for office (I have strong opinions on both topics, but we’ll get to that later)," Clinton writes. "Teen girls are a powerful force for good in the world, and it’s refreshing to see that reflected in these pages."
In the letter, Clinton also gave a preview about what readers can expect from the issue — from personal anecdotes about her "hero," daughter Chelsea, to dialogue about some of the country's more divisive issues. "I had a lot of fun answering questions from readers whose politics differ from my own," she adds. Clinton also wrote a letter to her teenage self.
Said Welteroth in her own editor's letter, "This issue explores what we can all learn from her impact, her style, and her grace under fire." Anticipating the controversy that a Clinton cover will surely ignite, she continued, "Some will say it’s too partisan, too political, too retrospective, too 'echo-chamber-y.' This issue isn’t for them. It was designed for the millions who acknowledge that until women, girls, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and the economically disadvantaged are on an equal playing field, we must hold space for these critical conversations."
Anna Wintour, artistic director of Conde Nast, openly showed her support during the 2016 election, and hosted several fundraisers within the fashion community to support Clinton's campaign; Welteroth and much of the editorial staff at Teen Vogue, too, showed their support for Clinton during last year's election.
Earlier this month, Conde Nast announced that it would be shuttering the print edition of Teen Vogue in 2018, instead focusing on its continued digital and social presence.