Three years ago, when Tavi Gevinson attended couture week for the first time at age 13–and sat front row–not everyone in the industry was so psyched. In fact, some critics found her presence rather…irksome, so much so that one Grazia editor even complained the pint-sized blogger’s enormous bow was blocking the runway at the Dior Couture show.
“I think it’s awesome that [wearing a gigantic bow during the Dior show] made a lot of people angry. I felt pleased with that because I spent all my time trying to prove that fashion wasn’t just frivolous and could have personal or public meaning, and here you had a bunch of people somehow making a giant bow into a metaphor for the death of fashion journalism.”
That being said, growing up in the public eye hasn’t always been easy. Especially when your mandatory ‘awkward phase’ coincides with your most photographed period. On that, Gevinson says:
“I was at the absolute height of my awkward phase when I went to Fashion Week. It’s supposed to be this place with the most beautiful people in the world, and I was this incredibly tiny, gray-haired—what’s the word?—gnome. That was the time in my life when I was most photographed, and I’m not embarrassed by that; I think it’s hilarious that in the middle of these rooms full of tall, skinny people in black was this tiny weird person.”