Former Teen Vogue editor warned staff about Alexi McCammond’s racist tweets

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The outgoing Teen Vogue editor, who would be replaced by Alexi McCammond, warned Condé Nast and former staff of her racist tweets, a new report claims.

McCammond, 27, was announced to replace Lindsay Peoples Wagner as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue on March 4, before anti-Asian tweets she posted in 2011 resurfaced on social media and took her into hot water. She hadn’t even started in her new role when she announced her resignation on March 18.

The Washington Post published an analysis of the scandal on Sunday, which revealed that Peoples Wagner, who took office as editor-in-chief in 2018, had contacted her former staffers to warn them about McCammond.

Peoples Wagner reportedly told staff she had not put McCammond on her list of proposed successors.

She also said she warned Condé Nast that McCammond’s tweets could resurface and mess up her appointment at Teen Vogue.

Former Teen Vogue Editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner (pictured) has reportedly contacted magazine staff to warn them about her successor Alexi McCammond

McCammond (pictured) quit her job before starting her job at Teen Vogue after racist, anti-Asian tweets she wrote as a teenager surfaced online

McCammond (pictured) quit her job before starting her job at Teen Vogue after racist, anti-Asian tweets she wrote as a teenager surfaced online

Former Teen Vogue editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner (left) has reportedly contacted magazine staff to warn them about her successor Alexi McCammond (right)

According to the Post, Teen Vogue employees felt blinded by McCammond’s appointment and expressed concerns during a meeting with Condé Nast chef Anna Wintour.

In a joint statement following that meeting, executives sought to distance themselves from McCammond, writing, “ We have built our outlet’s reputation as a voice for justice and change – we take great pride in our work and in creating an inclusive environment. . ‘

McCammond later apologized to staff in an email and arranged one-on-one meetings to clear the air.

However, that did little to diminish the frustrations among staffers who were particularly astonished to learn that Condé Nast was aware of McCammond’s tweets but did not warn of the controversy that might arise around them.

Condé Nast executives have said they believed McCammond’s apologies over the tweets would be null and void in 2019.

“What they didn’t realize is that there is an apology and then it is made amends,” Bonnie Morrison, a diversity consultant and former employee of Men’s Vogue, told The Post.

The entire fashion industry has been revolving around Anna Wintour for years, and she’s not one to be well positioned to determine which excuses are enough. Nor is she used to losing control of a situation. ‘

Tweets McCammond wrote in 2011 - when she was 17 and still in high school - started circulating on Twitter last month

Tweets McCammond wrote in 2011 - when she was 17 and still in high school - started circulating on Twitter last month

Tweets McCammond wrote in 2011 – when she was 17 and still in high school – started circulating on Twitter last month

McCammond – who previously worked as a political journalist for Axios – was an unlikely choice for Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief from the start, given her lack of experience editing or managing a staff.

But she managed to grab the attention of Wintour, who, announcing her new role, wrote, “Alexi has the powerful curiosity and confidence that embodies the best of our next generation of leaders.”

It wasn’t long before a firestorm erupted around McCammond’s appointment after tweets she wrote in 2011 – when she was 17 and still in high school – began circulating on Twitter.

In one, she wrote how she ‘Googled how not to wake up with puffy Asian eyes’.

In another year of the same year, she blamed a “stupid Asian” teaching assistant for her failures in chemistry classes.

Other tweets used the terms ‘Asian’, ‘gay’ and ‘gay’ in a derogatory way.

The tweets sparked a revolt from several of the magazine’s employees, but Wintour – who serves as Vogue editor and Global Chief Content Office for publisher Condé Nast – was reportedly determined to support McCammond.

McCammond previously apologized for the tweets, which she deleted several years ago.

McCammond issued the above statement announcing her resignation on March 18

McCammond issued the above statement announcing her resignation on March 18

McCammond issued the above statement announcing her resignation on March 18

McCammond - who previously worked as a political journalist for Axios - was an unlikely choice for Teen Vogue's editor-in-chief from the start, given her lack of experience editing or managing a staff.

McCammond - who previously worked as a political journalist for Axios - was an unlikely choice for Teen Vogue's editor-in-chief from the start, given her lack of experience editing or managing a staff.

McCammond – who previously worked as a political journalist for Axios – was an unlikely choice for Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief from the start, given her lack of experience editing or managing a staff.

She offered another apology in a message to Teen Vogue staff and her readers days after her new role was announced.

“This was, in large part, one of the most difficult weeks of my life because of the intense pain that I know my words and my announcement have caused so many of you,” she wrote.

‘I have apologized for my racist and homophobic tweets in the past and will reiterate that there is no excuse to perpetuate those awful stereotypes in any way.’

Wintour was aware of the ten-year-old racist tweets and discussed them with leaders of color at Condé Nast before the job was offered, The New York Times reported.

Wintour sought support for Teen Vogue’s future editor, the paper said, including her at team meetings.

McCammond met individually to try to address their concerns, explaining her actions in a note.

But the promotions seem to do little to please angry employees and advertisers, with Ulta Beauty pulling a seven-figure ad deal.

Anna Wintour - who serves as Vogue editor and Global Chief Content Office for publisher Condé Nast - was reportedly determined to support McCammond

Anna Wintour - who serves as Vogue editor and Global Chief Content Office for publisher Condé Nast - was reportedly determined to support McCammond

Anna Wintour – who serves as Vogue Editor and Global Chief Content Office for publisher Condé Nast – was reportedly determined to support McCammond

On March 18 – days before she was due to take on the new role – McCammond officially said goodbye and released a statement that read, “Hey there: I’ve decided to part with Condé Nast.”

My previous tweets have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues I care about – issues Teen Vogue has worked so tirelessly to share with the world – which is why Conde Nast and I decided to leave to go together.

‘I shouldn’t have tweeted what I did and I took full responsibility for that.

“I look at my work and growth in the years since, and have doubled my commitment to growing in the years to come, both as a person and as a professional,” she said.

She received a lot of support from many high profile media figures, including her former Axios colleague, Jonathan Swan.

Swan, the main national correspondent for news site Axios who worked alongside McCammond for four years, told Fox News Friday that McCammond’s apology should have been enough and that she should have kept her job.

‘I worked with her for four years. She doesn’t have a racist bone in her body.

“ If we as an industry can’t accept someone making sincere and repeated apologies for something they tweeted when they were 17 years old, what do we do? ”

McCammond and her boyfriend TJ Ducklo are pictured for a walk on March 20 - two days after she stepped down as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue

McCammond and her boyfriend TJ Ducklo are pictured for a walk on March 20 - two days after she stepped down as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue

McCammond and her boyfriend TJ Ducklo are pictured for a walk on March 20 – two days after she stepped down as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue