Damn, Tavi Gevinson is one smart cookie. In an interview with the BBC, she eloquently speaks about all the shit she got from the fashion industry when she skyrocketed to fame and the front row (yeah, she doesn’t call it shit):
“When I went to fashion week for the first time I was 13. People were confused about my being there for a few reasons. One was that I was a blogger. The word itself blog is kind of ugly, it just doesn’t sound very legitimate. And fashion, as an industry, has been really behind on being online and so I think people were confused and angry that someone younger than them had kind of figured it out. You know, they would talk about how inappropriate it was for someone my age to be at fashion week, but this is coming from an industry that fetishizes youth.”
Preach! In the interview she goes on to talk about how her blog and online mag Rookie came to be (“It just felt like I had never read voices that honest in any magazines now that are made for teenage girls like myself”) and addresses adults’ befuddlement at her knowing about things that happened before she was born (“I just felt like, it’s the internet, you can do that nowadays”). The interview takes place in her room, which is just about the only thing about this preternaturally poised 15 year old that shows her age. Watch it in full here.