Upon the announcement of her new position, Sharma stated in the Conde Nast announcement, “I’ve long admired the work that Teen Vogue has done, building and fostering a community of young people who want to change the world. I believe that Teen Vogue can continue to be a force for good, with a focus on empathy, accountability, optimism and impact, and it is such an honor to join this team and lead the title into the future.”
Sharma declined to comment on the controversy, instead, focusing the interview with New York Times on positives. “All I can say is I share the values of the Teen Vogue staff and audience, and I’m very excited to work with them and work together moving forward.”
For seven years, Sharm led the politics and culture coverage at NowThis. Previously, she cut her teeth at TalkingPointsMemo, MSNBC, and Vocativ. She received the 2018 Edward R. Murrow award with her teammates for a NowThis documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Conde Nast, stated in the same Conde Nast announcement, in which she praised Sharma and commended her hiring at Teen Vogue. “Versha is a natural leader with a global perspective and deep understanding of local trends and issues — from politics and activism to culture and fashion — and their importance to our audience. She is a masterful storyteller who can move from platform to platform with ease, and I am excited by her optimistic and expansive vision for Teen Vogue.”