Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this memoir, the journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.
With lyrical prose resonant of Jacqueline Woodson’s, Welteroth shows what it truly means to be a leader: to elevate others and challenge systems of oppression, without ever sacrificing a job well done ... Welteroth is proof that “living the dream” is an ever-changing, ever-satisfying journey to behold.
... a beautifully honest look at the exhilaration and heavy weight that comes with breaking barriers. Welteroth didn’t set out to shatter ceilings, but she is a force of nature. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
The author’s impressive career trajectory makes for fascinating reading, but what makes the book especially worthwhile is its depiction of an emergent social and political consciousness so strong that it eventually led her to abandon corporate media for the 'joy of dancing into [an unknown] future' ... An inspiring memoir by a dynamic groundbreaker.