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Alexi McCammond has resigned as editor in chief of Teen Vogue, after racist and homophobic tweets she posted as a teenager resurfaced.
McCammond, 27, is a former political reporter for Axios and a contributor at MSNBC and NBC News. She was set to start in her new role at Teen Vogue on Wednesday, and would have been the third Black woman to hold the title. Her resignation was announced by Teen Vogue publisher Condé Nast on Thursday in an internal memo.
In the email, obtained by The New York Times, the company said it was mutually agreed upon that the best thing was for McCammond and Teen Vogue to part ways. The memo quoted McCammond as saying the tweets "have overshadowed the work I've done to highlight the people and issues that I care about."
The tweets from 2011 included comments about Asian facial features and stereotypes. McCammond apologized for the tweets in 2019 and deleted them, but they resurfaced after she was hired by Condé Nast this year, amid an uptick in violence against Asian Americans. After Teen Vogue staffers expressed anger over the tweets, McCammond apologized again, saying "there's no excuse for perpetuating those awful stereotypes in any way." Two of Teen Vogue's biggest advertisers, Ulta Beauty and Burt's Bees, suspended their campaigns after McCammond was hired.