NEW YORK (AP) – Teen Vogue has chosen Versha Sharma, a top editor at NowThis, to replace Alexi McCammond as editor-in-chief following a wave of controversy over McCammond’s past anti-Asian and homophobic tweets.
Sharma takes over May 24 at the digital release after McCammond and Conde Nast’s title parted ways before her nomination took effect.
“I am incredibly excited and grateful for this great opportunity,” 34-year-old Sharma tweeted about Monday’s announcement.
Anna Wintour, Vogue’s global editor-in-chief and chief content officer for Conde Nast, said in a statement that Sharma is a ‘natural leader’ with a ‘global perspective and a deep understanding of local trends and issues – from politics and activism to culture and fashion.”
Sharma was appointed editor-in-chief of NowThis, a digital news site, in 2015. In 2012 she covered the US presidential election for MSNBC.com. She received an Edward R. Murrow award with the NowThis Reports team for a short documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and she is on the board of directors of the Online News Association.
Sharma, the daughter of Indian immigrants, grew up in Louisiana and lives in New York.
McCammond, who is Black, was tapped in March at the age of 27 as the new editor-in-chief to replace Lindsay Peoples Wagner, but derogatory tweets from when she was a teenager and college student in 2011 caused a backlash after the appointment was announced.
Calls for the magazine to quickly replace McCammond, with more than 20 Teen Vogue employees writing management in support of readers and others alarmed by the now-deleted tweets. They noted that McCammond’s appointment took place at a time of “historically high anti-Asian violence and in the midst of the ongoing struggle of the LGBTQ community.”
Teen Vogue knew about the tweets before naming McCammond.
Sharma said in Teen Vogue’s statement that she has long admired the magazine for “building and nurturing a community of young people who want to change the world.”