“Sometimes just being yourself is the radical act.
When you occupy space in systems that weren’t built for you,
your authenticity is your activism.”
If you’re looking for an inspirational, motivational story to reignite that spark in you, this is the book you’re looking for.
Elaine’s story of her career is astounding, and a true testament to being your authentic self, and being successful because you are who you are, rather than being who society expects you to be.
Throughout her career, Elaine faced barriers, falling into two groups of oppression as a Black woman.
Her career path is an inspiration to people of all races, all backgrounds, and all gender identities, proving that you can defy the odds, you are deserving of your space, and you are enough.
‘More Than Enough’ follows Elaine throughout her life: her childhood, and the realisation that “race was a Thing” from the whitewashed models in magazines; her teenage years and ‘First Love’; exploring her Blackness as a biracial person in college, and White supremacy even amongst the Black community; her first job in journalism at Ebony, a magazine focused on Black news, culture, and entertainment; and her career journey to Editor-in-Chief at Teen Vogue, truly stepping into her own and being herself.
Elaine also tackles Instagram culture, and the need to appear ‘perfect’ to the outside world, even at times of darkness, needing outside praise to survive, yet also becoming numb to it.
Ultimately, Elaine’s lesson throughout the autobiography is to be yourself and allow yourself to be wherever you are.
Societal norms are being challenged every day, more and more, and you can be the one to challenge them, claiming space for yourself.
No matter your age, race, gender identity, you can be happy, you can be present, and you are enough.
‘More Than Enough’ is available at October Books and at all good bookshops (RRP £14.99)