Tavi Gevinson Slams Seventeen For Copying Rookie, Calls the Magazine's Response to Teen Activists 'Self-Serving'
Despite the fact that Tavi Gevinson is 16--and therefore bang on in the middle of Seventeen's demo--the teenage blogger superstar is not too keen on the magazine. Which is kind of the reason why she started her very own (and totally awesome) teen magazine Rookie in the first place. So, you can imagine her ire when Seventeen not-so-subtly ripped off Rookie's Ask a Grown Man feature with its Ask an A-lister feature. For those of you unfamiliar with Ask a Grown Man, it's this awesome feature that has adult celebrities like John Hamm and Judd Apatow honestly answering reader-submitted questions via a home computer camera--it's un-produced and completely genuine (and if you haven't watched the John Hamm one watch it now). Seventeen's take however, plays up the celebrity angle and has the so-called "A-lister" done up in hair and makeup and filmed in the magazine's offices. "This is the first time that I've felt that something I've done, or Rookie has done, has been copied," Tavi told Racked today. She continued: