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BFF Book Club, July Edition: We’re All “More Than Enough”

The July meeting of the BFF Book Club, presented by Bumble BFF and Indigo, is now in session! 

In our hands: More Than Enough, a completely absorbing and hugely motivational memoir by Elaine Welteroth, the radical magazine editor who transformed Teen Vogue into a handbook for young women with politics, climate change, and social justice on the brain.

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When Welteroth was named editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue in 2017, she became both the youngest person and second black woman to ever hold such a title at Condé Nast. In other words, she’s a ceiling-shatterer and barrier-breaker.

These roles came with challenges: namely, Welteroth being told by the world that as a young boss and a woman of colour, she wasn’t enough. To rise above and climb the ranks, she had to carve space, trust herself, and live life on her own terms.

More Than Enough isn’t just an unfiltered retelling of Welteroth’s journey from small-town California child to revolutionary journalist; it’s a wisdom-filled manifesto for women who are hungry to blaze their own trail and live authentically.

Ready to be inspired? Open Bumble BFF now and get your exclusive discount code to use in-store or online. Then grab your BFFs and use the More Than Enough discussion questions below to get your club rolling.

  • Elaine writes about how her experiences growing up as a young girl and not seeing people like her represented in magazines affected her journey to becoming someone who oversees the creation of magazines. In what ways has your journey shaped your goals? In what ways has it inspired you to fight for what you want?
  • The world often tells people — especially women — that they aren’t enough. In what ways was Elaine told she wasn’t enough throughout her life? What does being “more than enough” mean to you?
  • Elaine writes about research that has found that a young girl’s confidence peaks around the age of nine, declining as they grow older. Why do you think this is? What advice would you give to those who are struggling with confidence and self-image? 
  • In More Than Enough, Elaine writes about leaving a couple of difficult relationships. What relationships of yours, romantic or otherwise, have affected your journey?
  • What advice would you have given Elaine if you could have spoken to her when she was dating “First Love”? What about when she was dating “Future Husband”?
  • What does it mean to be what Shonda Rhimes has called an “FOD” (First, Only, Different)? Are there pressures that come with that identifier? What about opportunities?
  • More Than Enough explores how Elaine’s biracial identity influenced her journey to finding her voice. Why is it important that we create environments that encourage intersectionality and healthy conversations around race, in both personal and professional spaces? What steps can we all be taking to accomplish this?
  • As editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue, Elaine and her team helped infuse the magazine with social consciousness and transformed it into a key source for young people interested in news and politics. In recent years, have you noticed a change in messaging from other media outlets or influential people you follow? Do you think that public life is becoming increasingly political? Why or why not?  
  • There are a lot of different depictions of success in the world, and especially on social media, something Elaine writes about in More Than Enough. What does success mean to you, and how have you defined it for yourself on your own terms? How does social media impact our feelings about what it means to be successful?
  • Elaine dedicated More Than Enough to, among others, “the ones who are Next Up.” Who does she mean by this, and how has she worked to help give these people a boost throughout her personal and professional journeys? What advice do you have for people who want to create positive social change?