Vogue’s youth title Teen Vogue has been engulfed in a racism and homophobia scandal, with the incoming editor-in-chief forced to resign before even starting the role.
Alexi McCammound [pictured] was hired by Condé Nast as the new editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue and was due to start the new role next week.
However, the appointment had already come under intense scrutiny, owing to a series of racist and homophobic past tweets that were made in 2011.
The tweets were not a new revelation. McCammound first apologised for the remarks while working with Axios in 2019 after they surfaced.
As a 17-year-old college student, McCammound made a number of derogatory comments towards Asians, including complaining about a “stupid Asian” teaching assistant who had given her a low mark on a test.
But the hire was still not well received at Condé Nast, with more than 20 staff members at the company taking to social media to announce they had made a complaint to the powers that be about McCammound.
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A change.org petition to remove McCammound has almost reached 2,500 signatures.
Following the scrutiny, McCammound announced she parting ways with Condé Nast.
Hey there: I’ve decided to part ways with Condé Nast. Here is my statement about why – pic.twitter.com/YmnHVtZSce
— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) March 18, 2021
“I should not have tweeted what I did and I have taken full responsibility for that,” she said.
“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 a professional.”
An internal email obtained by the New York Times confirmed Condé Nast had “agreed that it was best to part ways” with McCammond.
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