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Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner on ‘long, sustainable change’

Digiday 09 Jun 2020 04:00
June 9, 2020 by Pierre Bienaimé

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Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner believes the time is now for change in media and fashion.

“I want to see brands, publications, everyone in the industry commit to a long, sustainable change,” Peoples Wagner said on this week’s episode of the Digiday Podcast.

Peoples Wagner is a rarity in glossy media: A 29-year-old black woman from a small university in the Midwest, without connections or a rich family bankrolling her initial career. Instead, she worked her way up, moonlighting dressing mannequins and working as a waitress. In October 2018, she was named the top editor of Teen Vogue, which has made a name for itself by melding fashion with social issues.

She recognizes her path isn’t for everyone — and media and creative professions need to adapt in order to expand opportunities to underrepresented groups.

“You have to be willing to hire different kinds of people who will challenge you,” Peoples Wagner said.

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