Teen Vogue has hired its second editor-in-chief in less than two months after its last new hire was forced to resign following backlash over racist tweets she wrote as a teenager.
Conde Nast announced that managing editor at news website NowThis Versha Sharma, 34, will take over the top job later this month.
Sharma’s appointment comes after 27-year-old Alexi McCammond resigned on March 18 as Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief amid a backlash over the anti-Asian tweets she posted in 2011. She had only been announced as Teen Vogue’s editor two weeks earlier and hadn’t yet officially started the role.
Anna Wintour, the global editorial director of Vogue and the chief content officer of Condé Nast, announced Sharma’s appointment on Monday.
‘Versha is a natural leader with a global perspective and deep understanding of local trends and issues — from politics and activism to culture and fashion — and their importance to our audience,’ Wintour said in a statement.
34-year-old Versha Sherma (pictured) has been announced as the new editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue
The 34-year-old (pictured with president Joe Biden) is leaving NowThis after seven years
Sharma, (pictured) who previously served as managing editor and senior correspondent at the news website NowThis since 2014, will be Teen Vogue’s newest editor-in-chief starting May 24, 2021
A month after McCammond was ousted, Teen Vogue made another high-stakes appointment and announced that Danielle Kwateng, a culture and entertainment director who worked at the publication for two years, would serve as the publication’s new executive editor.
Now Sharma, who previously served as managing editor and senior correspondent at the news website NowThis since 2014, will take the reins of the publication starting May 24, 2021.
Sharma has worked for political publications for years.
Prior to NowThis, Sharma worked for Talking Points Memo, MSNBC and Vocativ, the New York Times reported. She was one of the recipients of a 2018 Edward R. Murrow award for her work on NowThis’ documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Sharma will be in charge of Teen Vogue’s editorial vision and content creation across all platforms.
‘I’ve long admired the work that Teen Vogue has done, building and fostering a community of young people who want to change the world,’ Sharma said in a statement.
In a Facebook post she expressed her excitement for her new role.
‘I am INCREDIBLY excited and so so grateful for this awesome, awesome opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my work over the years and helped get me here!!’ the new editor-in-chief posted.
Sharma expressed her excitement over her new position in a Facebook post ‘I am INCREDIBLY excited and so so grateful for this awesome, awesome opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my work over the years and helped get me here!!’
34-year-old Versha Sharma, (pictured right)Teen Vogue’s newest editor-in-chief, grew up in Louisiana and currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband
27-year-old Alexi McCammond (pictured) was ousted as editor-in-chief following employee backlash over a series of racist tweets she posted as a teenager
McCammond’s tweets, which were widely shared online, included one in which she wrote: ‘Googling how to not wake up with swollen Asian eyes’
Sharma, who grew up in Louisiana, currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband.
The announcement of Sharma’s hiring comes after more than 20 Teen Vogue staffers published an online statement slamming McCammond’s appointment as editor.
The saga involving McCammond erupted after she was named as the publication’s new editor in chief on March 4 and tweets she had posted while in high school quickly resurfaced.
The tweets, which were widely shared online, included one in which she wrote: ‘Googling how to not wake up with swollen Asian eyes’.
Another now-deleted tweet read: ‘Give me a 2/10 on my chem problem, cross out all of my work and don’t explain what i did wrong… thanks a lot stupid asian T.A. you’re great.’
McCammond also used ‘gay’ and ‘homo’ as insults online and questioned why an article about baseball umpire Dale Scott coming out as gay was ‘newsworthy’.
McCammond later apologized to Teen Vogue staff in an email.
She had previously apologized for the tweets a few years earlier when she deleted them.
‘This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life in large part because of the intense pain I know my words and my announcement have caused so many of you,’ she wrote in her email to staff.
‘I’ve apologized for my past racist and homophobic tweets and will reiterate that there’s no excuse for perpetuating those awful stereotypes in any way.’
On March 18 – days before she was slated to start the new role – McCammond officially stood down, releasing a statement which read: ‘Hey there: I’ve decided to part ways with Condé Nast.’
‘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 so tirelessly to share with the world – and so Conde Nast an I have decided to part ways.
‘I should not have tweeted what I did and I have taken full responsibility for that.
‘I look at my work and growth in the years since, and have redoubled my commitment to growing in the years to come as both a person and as a professional,’ she said.
McCammond is dating former White House press secretary TJ Ducklo who resigned from the Biden administration last month after he reportedly threatened a reporter who was working on a story about their secret romantic relationship.