Most dream of going to a fashion show. It can take years of hard work and connections to even get close to attending one for a big house. But Tavi Gevinson went to her first just a year before her bat mitzvah. At the age of 12, she sat front row at Dior - a couture show, no less - after a personal invitation from Stephen Jones. She went for her blog, The Style Rookie, and wore a magnificently large lilac bow, one so big Grazia editors sitting behind her took to vent on the ubiquitous megaphone - Twitter. Tavi later wrote a post on her widely popular blog. Her insight? "If I wore leather and studs no one would complain, and I'm not sorry for bringing a bit of color into the room. Haters gonna hate”
The magic didn’t stop there. After creating wonderfully unique and innovative outfits on The Style Rookie, Tavi ventured into feminism. Three years later, she presented a TED x Teens talk. Using Microsoft Paint slides to present her notes, she gave a truly insightful talk on what it means to be figuring it all out - and why it’s OK to somewhat ‘make things up as you go along’.
She then created her own magazine - Rookie. Have you ever pulled an all nighter at a sleepover with your heads pressed against your closest friends, talking about everything from what your purpose in the world is, to who the people you really trust are, to what the weird stain on the side of the wall looks like? Do you get that warm feeling in your chest that’s almost saying, “yes! I’m with the right people and life is good and happy and safe!”? If you’ve experienced this, you know the community that Rookie hosts. As I google it now, here are the articles that come up: "How to Get Out of Your Head”, "What’s Your Look? Mine include “Björk’s sad assistant” and “rabbit-filled sack”, and "How to Hook Up With A Friend.” Tavi still edits the website and magazine, and every year, she publishes her favorite articles. There’s nothing off limits, and that’s what makes it so damm cool. Rookie is like your cool older sister who answers your questions without judgement. Since then, she’s starred in a Broadway show, landed the cover of New York Magazine, and published three books. Oh, and she hasn't even reached the legal drinking age.