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More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  6,529 ratings  ·  882 reviews
In this part-manifesto, part-memoir, the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own—on your own terms

Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpac
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Viking
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Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are is a memoir by journalist Elaine Welteroth. While it’s her story, there is a plethora of advice for anyone seeking more, who may doubt themselves from time to time. Welteroth uses her own experiences to highlight the points she makes about trusting yourself, knowing your worth, and making big decisions in life.

I wasn’t familiar with Welteroth prior to Bravo’s reboot of Project Runway last year. As a long time fan of the show, I quickly became hoo
So many kernels of wisdom. So many seeds of love and empowerment.
Lily Herman
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a writer and editor, I've read a lot of memoirs by legends, icons, and giants in the industry over the years; hell, that was half of my reading diet back in college. I've read even more articles and interviews on the internet chronicling the lives and careers of the women I wanted to be.

I can say without a doubt though that Elaine Welteroth's More Than Enough is one of my favorites to date. Not only is her story line clear and her writing breezy, but she offers so much more than just some vag
Rachel Mantas
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I have to say Wow!

This book really put some things into perspective for me. Some which I knew already, being a woman, and the challenges we face everyday in the work place and life and even touch on the #MeToo movement. It also really helped open my eyes to some amazing pieces I wasn't aware of for the Black community. There are so many beautiful inspiring stories in this book, I recommend it to all my friends. It has also helped me, as I am starting up at a new company, to find my voice a
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I went into this not really knowing who Elaine was (I know, shameful) but after reading her memoir I'm now a HUGE fan (cue me immediately following her on Twitter and Instagram). Her story of following her passions – and the struggles that come with it – especially as a woman of color, was honest, inspiring, and entertaining. Her narration was perfect, and I loved that her parents' narrated things they said. Definitely pick this one up if you love a good memoir. ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
“We went through what we went through so that you could live, baby girl. So you gotta live. Run after it. And know that we are all with you.”

I was tearing up at the first chapter. This book was easy to read and Elaine passes on so many little gems and life lessons. I loved how she made sure to talk about the many challenges she faced while trying to achieve her goals. Watching someone’s life play out on social media can make things appear more prefect than they really are. Looks can be deceivin
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked the first half, maybe first 2/3 of this book. I loved hearing about Elaine’s experience growing up as a biracial woman. When she started to talk about her experience at Teen Vogue is when she lost me. I respect her so much, am so grateful that she is basically responsible for Teen Vogue “becoming woke,” and admire the work she put into the magazine. However, I saw a lot of missed opportunities in this section of the book and they really rubbed me the wrong way. She talks about how ...more
Elizabeth Darrell
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: black-stories
Never has a memoir made me feel so seen and motivated. More Than Enough is a book that will resonate with any minority who has ever felt invisible, any woman who's ever been in a shitty relationship, and any young budding millennial activist trying to pave their way through their professional field. Elaine is nothing short of an icon. I could easily read this book a thousand times over. ...more
Traci at The Stacks
I really liked this book. I have so much in common with the author (same age, both mixed, exes went to same college, from the same area, husbands went to same HS) so I could relate deeply to her. I wasn’t deeply moved but enjoyed her stories. The book felt a little sanitized or too polished for me. Perhaps the thought of a you get audience played a factor. Without the commonalities I’m not sure how I would’ve felt about the book overall.
Cat Duffy
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Elaine Welteroth is an icon. Full stop. I first learned of Elaine through her work at Teen Vogue and her stint on Project Runway as a judge, which is what inspired me to check out her memoir.
More Than Enough follows Welteroth from her childhood up through her time at Teen Vogue. It's an incredibly honest and thoughtful look into her life as a biracial woman, as she deftly handles her experience with issues such as colorism, imposter syndrome, racism and ageism in the workplace, and the trials o
Solid highs and lows. Nice voice. Tries a smidge too hard to be empowering. Lots of focus on race—even when it’s not relevant. I found myself wondering who she was beyond her color.
The book really picks up when she talks about her career, but lags in the relationship stuff. There is nothing special, extraordinary, or profound about the dating stuff or her early life. Maybe if it was explored in the book differently?
She definitely is a go getter, but I still don’t know who she is after having r
Korrie’s Korner
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-voices
Black Girl Magic 🪄

This is my first read of 2021, and it will set the tone for my whole year! I literally devoured this book as it seemed like Elaine was speaking into my life’s experiences. I had so many moments of pause and reflection and sending texts to @kaliesbookshelf about issues we have both experienced and talked about a lot!

Growing up, and even now some, being pretty much the only brown body in a lot of white spaces makes you do things to cope that I really didn’t fully realize I had d
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since Elaine is a new judge on Project Runway, I wanted to hear her story, but assumed I would skim through this book just to get the gist of it. I ended up reading every word. Loved it.
Elise Cripe
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
quick, interesting & so inspiring.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick review for a wonderfully inspiring read. Elaine Welteroth's "More than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are" is an inspiring, honest, sometimes humored and sometimes candored look at the life of the author as she navigates her early years to her journey to becoming the first African American editor of a Conde Nast magazine (Teen Vogue). She takes a detailed look into her family history - how her parents met and their struggles - to navigating her own enthusiastic pursuits and interests, ...more
Jessica Pinckney
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a mixed raced woman hustling hard, Elaine Welteroth spoke to my soul in this book. My deepest fears, my biggest dreams, my highest hopes were all in these pages and I’m grateful for her work and her powerful storytelling and soul baring.
Ashley Ryan
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is no way not to fall in love with this author and her commitment to success and bringing light to what mainstream media does not. Thank you, Elaine. I feel like I found a friend in these pages.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So many quoteable moments in this book. Really inspiring and helpful for people from all walks of life
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More Than Enough is a love letter to young women navigating their way through life's challenges in an ever-changing world. Elaine Welteroth lays bare her story of heartbreak, racism, badassery, and soul-reviving dreams that become reality. This book should be required reading for every woman - young and older. When she cried, I cried. When she won, I cheered for her. I am here for all of it especially the fact that she, too finds solace - to read and send emails - sitting on the toilet. I love e ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this memoir which captures a unique moment in time, and elevated the importance of black female voices on all platforms.
Shawntal Brown
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was apprehensive at first when I was reading this book. I questioned what message I would get out of this but Elaine's story is captivating, inspiring, and amazing to read. I deeply enjoyed this book and definitely will recommend! ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Forgive me for the hastags and @'s, I'm copying and pasting from my Instagram. Why reinvent the wheel?

I just finished this gem of a book. It's about identify, race, belonging, confidence, courage, leadership, and so much more. I saw @elainewelteroth speak at the @uofdenver Women's Conference and the woman was dripping with poise. Her voice shines through in the book the same way it did from the stage.

What struck me most was the courage she drew on in every stage of her illustrious career (from
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holy shit, go read this book. Welteroth is a formidable talent and her memoir is raw and honest, equal parts confession and advice. Totally inspiring and bad-ass. Ending the first day of the #24in48readathon at 6 hours and 20 minutes, not too shabby!
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just another spectacular memoir I’ve read in the last year. I keep feeling that I’ve read enough of them but folks are writing and sharing the thought-provoking, inspiring stories of their lives. Another read I’d definitely recommend for any FOD (look it up) in any field.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
“More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are” by Elaine Welteroth had so many gems and words of wisdom throughout. I really appreciated the foreword by Ava DuVernay. While I was not at all familiar with Welteroth before reading this book, it was certainly interesting to read about her own experiences growing up as well as becoming the woman that she is today. Her stories of race and not fitting in were definitely something that I could relate to on a personal note. Actually, there were man ...more
Turquoise Brennan
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
"as a black woman, the decision to love yourself just as you are is a radical act" ... Wow has this been a journey for me.... Great parts of this book that spoke to my own experience of white dad, black mom. Also allowed me to share the experience of how being treated by other black women who don't fully accept or aak/value my journey ..reminds me to always be an ear or shoulder to other woman of color at any time ... ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 "Extraordinary" Stars!

This book was very good. Self help and Autobiographies are not really my jam, but It was surprisingly emotional and somewhat reflective of my own life experiences. I highly recommend this book to WOC and all women really. But especially if you are or you have young adult age daughters- say high school to early/mid twenties. But clearly any age woman. I'm in my 40s. This is a great reflection of the author's journey through her career and personal life trials and trium
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow, this book. THIS. BOOK. I cannot recommend it enough. Elaine Welteroth covers so much ground. Every single topic she addresses is real, honest, timely, and relatable. She discusses many subjects in-depth, including racial justice, colorism, romantic relationships and knowing your worth, pay disparities for women of color, and fighting to be valued in the workplace, even when you have worked tirelessly to prove just how valuable you are. I found myself rooting for her at every progression in ...more
Casey Frank
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely and lovingly crafted memoir that both took me inside an unfamiliar world with someone I was only vaguely familiar with, a welcome bit of kinship in the places where my experience overlapped, and a inspirational charge to be unapologetic in who you are and what you want- especially if you come from a marginalized community.

As a white cisgendered heterosexual woman this book was another piece of storytelling I needed to hear in order to continue to gain more awareness about the p
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm disappointed. I may have had too high of hopes for this book and it just didn't meet my expectations.

I've seen Elaine in interviews, read her writings. She's normally not afraid to go there. But this book felt lukewarm. She never fully let's herself discuss really hard topics - instead, she would lightly touch upon things like racism, colorism, ageism, sexism, but never take it the full mile. To me, it read more like a book for teenagers or young readers -- not adults.

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Elaine Welteroth is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and judge on the new Project Runway. She is known for her groundbreaking work at the helm of Teen Vogue where in 2017 she was appointed the youngest Editor-in-Chief at a Conde Nast publication. She’s now a leading expert and advocate for the next generation of change-makers. She was recently appointed Cultural Ambass ...more

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