New Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Alexi McCammond resigns over past racist tweets about Asians

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Alexi McCammond speaks onstage at Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Former Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond said Thursday she would resign from her new job as editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue just days before she was set to start, following a recent furor over her decade-old racist tweets about Asians.

“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,” McCammond said in a statement posted to Twitter.

McCammond and Teen Vogue publisher Conde Nast “have decided to part ways,” the statement said.

The 27-year-old’s major promotion, and prompt resignation, came after fierce backlash — reportedly including from within Teen Vogue itself — over tweets she posted in 2011 that espoused racist stereotypes about Asians.

Conde Nast had reportedly shared news of McCammond’s departure in an internal email earlier Thursday.

The resignation came a month after McCammond’s boyfriend, T.J. Ducklo, was suspended by, and then resigned from, the White House following reports he had threatened a journalist who was looking into his relationship with McCammond.

McCammond, who in 2019 was awarded by the National Association of Black Journalists as their emerging journalist of the year, has previously apologized for the tweets, and expressed regret once again in her statement Thursday.

“I should not have tweeted what I did and I have taken full responsibility for that. 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 as a professional,” McCammond’s statement said.

“I wish the talented team at Teen Vogue the absolute best moving forward. Their work has never been more important, and I will be rooting for them.”

“There are so many stories left to be told, especially those about marginalized communities and the issues affecting them. I hope to have the opportunity to re-join the ranks of tireless journalists who are shining light on the issues that matter every single day,” she said.

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