An Afternoon With Tavi Gevinson
By Anna Glassman

Tavi Gevinson’s shift from fashion to feminism, friendship with songstress Lorde and life as a 17-year-old trendsetter.

Oct 07, 2013


We’re avoiding the Monday blues by recapping our Saturday afternoon spent with Rookie Mag founder and editor-in-cheif, Tavi Gevinson at The New Yorker Festival. 

By now, most people recognize the teen fashion wunderkind from Oak Park, Illinois who began writing the fashion blog “Style Rookie” at the ripe age of eleven. But when 17-year-old Tavi sat down with The New Yorker deputy editor Lizzie Widdicombe, the conversation centered around her shift from fashion to feminism, friendship with fellow It Girl and songstress Lorde, and failing her driving test.

After years in the fashion spotlight and automatic front-row access, Tavi Gevinson is now shifting focus from fashion to feminism. Through Rookie Mag and her general attitude and approach to life, Tavi inspires girls to be themselves and dress how they want to dress. “Style Rookie” and Rookie Mag both encourage the mindset that it’s okay to be different and to be a feminist, no matter the age. Tavi also stated that songstress Lorde is someone to look up to because she doesn’t let the media control her music. The 90 minute conversation between Tavi and Lizzie also touched upon typical 17-year-old discussion topics, such as boys, driving tests and Miley Cyrus.


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