Teen Vogue editor resigns after decade-old tweets are deemed racist

by Joel Abbott · Mar 19th, 2021 2:07 pm
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Last Updated Mar 22nd, 2021 at 12:33 pm

The incoming editor of Teen Vogue was forced to resign this week after several old social media posts from 2011 were found and called racist by individuals online.

The 27-year-old Alexi McCammond was set to assume the role of editor-in-chief of the magazine, but after the tweets resurfaced earlier this month, more than 20 Teen Vogue employees penned a letter to parent company Condé Nast protesting her hire.

"We take immense pride in our work and in creating an inclusive environment," they said. "That's why we have written a letter to management at Condé Nast about the recent hire of Alexi McCammond as our new editor-in-chief in light of her past racist and homophobic tweets."

The tweets – made when McCammon was a teenager – reportedly referred to Asians. In one tweet, she said she had been "outdone by Asian," adding "what's new" as a hashtag, a reference to the stereotype of Asian overachievement. In another, she said she was "googling how to not wake up with swollen, Asian eyes."

In response, McCammond announced on Thursday that she would be resigning from her position.

"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 Conde Nast and I have decided to part ways," she said.


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