Tavi Gevinson on the Fashion Industry: "I got a little too close to it, and that was kind of saddening", Teen Blogger Covers Bust Magazine
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No that isn't Michelle Williams; it's the famous teen fashion blogger, Tavi Gevinson. The 16-year-old fashion maverick covers the August issue of Bust, a feminist magazine. Bust is known for highlighting off-beat ladies like Gevinson.
The once gawky red-headed tween is now a mature chic blonde (a blonde for now anyways). The shoot features the petite blogger in trendy fall looks in an outdoorsy setting.
Gevinson is a wunderkind indeed. Besides being a front row staple at fashion shows around the world, the teenager has also published her own magazine, Rookie. One of her editors (who is significantly older than she) interviewed Gevinson for the cover story. The young fashionista discussed her life since fame, her changed perception of fashion, and her plans for the future.
On asking her parents for permission to be in the New York Times at age 12:
"I think I was like, 'So, this is something I've been doing on the Internet, and I just post about what I like and, blah, can I be in this thing?' They were in total disbelief, because that is just not our world. They didn't think that their kid would randomly ask, 'Oh, by the way, can I be in The New York Times?' They didn't really know that I was interested in fashion."
On getting over the major criticism made by older fashion professionals:
"I came to realize that this was just a dumb thing on the Internet. I felt like, ultimately, these are people who are sitting at computers forming very angry opinions about a 12-year-old. I think I was confusing to people, because it wasn't like I was a child actor or whatever. There hasn't been a well-worn trajectory for me to follow. I've never been able to be like, 'Oh, I can't make this move because when this other 12-year-old fashion blogger did that, this happened'."
On making her parents understand her creative dream:
"I think my mom said, 'Tavi, I think it's so great that you come home and you do creative things instead of all these kids who are just hanging out'."
Does she find fashion superficial?
"In reality, everyone thinks about how they look. And it's silly to expect anyone to completely disregard the ways in which they're compelled to look a certain way. It's better to turn it around and make it about expressing yourself and feeling comfortable with yourself. If you don't want to think about what you look like at all, I also think that's great!"
On her "I'm not really that into fashion anymore" blog post that angered many of her followers:
"The more my blog's audience has grown, the more I've had doubts about what I write. But I've always ended up happy when I've been honest. That one was the kind of thing where I just felt weird sitting down to write my blog all of a sudden. Something felt insincere about it. Basically, in this blog post, I talked about how I sat next to Anna Wintour at a Band of Outsiders show, and she asked me, 'When do you go to school?' I just felt like, When do your models go to school?"
On her realization of the real fashion industry
"There's a lot of hypocrisy. In a way, fashion had been this magical thing that I was obsessed with. I was just such a fan. But then I got a little too close to it, and that was kind of saddening. [...] There wasn't any real enthusiasm coming from the people who were there for what was going on around us, even though it should have been this exciting, creative thing. I felt funny about that experience. I wanted to start writing about other things on my blog, branching out from fashion."
On her college plans
"It just has to be a situation where I don't have to take classes I don't want to take. College is for studying things you are truly interested in. I don't want to have to take another math class, and I don't want dorm life. I know that much."
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Jul 30, 2012 12:38 PM EDT