Amy Astley is now the Editor-In-Chief of Architectural Digest. At the time of her award, she was the Editor-In-Chief of Teen Vogue. As the founding Editor of the magazine, Astley melded street style, high fashion, and pop culture to create not only a successful magazine - but a dynamic teen lifestyle brand. Teen Vogue has a circulation of over one million readers and has been nominated twice for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
In October 2009, Astley released her first book, The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion. The New York Times bestseller is a practical reference guide for young adults interested in all areas of fashion: design, styling, photography, and journalism - reinforcing Teen Vogue’s motto, “Fashion Starts Here.” An updated version the handbook, with 90% new content, was released in November 2014. Ashley has also pioneered annual industry events such as Teen Vogue’s Fashion University and the Young Hollywood party. She developed a Teen Vogue bedding collection, available at leading national retailers such as Macy’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, and JC Penney, and in July 2014, developed a Teen Vogue line of Back-to-School products sold exclusively at Staples.
A twenty-seven year veteran of Conde Nast, Astley has been named one of Forbes magazine’s most powerful U.S fashion editors, for continuously fueling the creative world of teen culture, beauty, entertainment, and fashion through print, editorial, web, and social media outlets. A longtime supporter of the arts and dance education in particular, Astley has been honored for her contributions and twice co-chaired both the National Dance Institute and the Youth American Grand Prix benefit fundraisers.
She began her career in 1989 at House and Garden, where she worked as an Associate Editor. Ashley joined Vogue in 1993 as a Beauty Associate, and became the Beauty Director by the following year. She worked at Vogue until she was chosen by Anna Wintour to launch Teen Vogue in 2003.
Astley is a graduate of the Honors College at Michigan State University, class of 1989 with a degree in English. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. She studied classical ballet intensively with Diane Newman from 1979-1984.