Words matter. These are the best Tavi Gevinson Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
I think people get excited about someone discovering something that blew their mind when they were younger. I think it makes people kind of nostalgic and happy. That’s one of the really great things about the Internet, that it can bring people together in that way of just being interested in the same stuff.
I’m a lot more productive in an actual office. I love being around our other editors, and going there every day alleviates some of the guilt that I think many self-employed people feel when you know you could always be working from your laptop at home. I feel so relaxed there, while completely engaged and inspired.
I actually never liked writing on my own or in school until I’d had my blog for a while and realized I’d been writing every day for years.
Sometimes you want something really serious that makes you feel emotional and makes you think, and sometimes you do just want a pop song. What I love about Taylor Swift is that she offers both.
I just feel so lucky that I’m able to do things that are enriching for me.
When I first watched Bette Davis in ‘All About Eve’, I was struck by how much I felt that she is Margo Channing and that she’s Bette Davis, where she was able to do both, where you’re like, ‘What an icon.’
I go through periods where I don’t really care what I look like, because I feel more focused on the work that I’m doing, and I don’t want to think about it. And then sometimes it feels like the biggest part of my day is getting dressed.
I try to be very honest in my writing. It’s amazing, though, to think that people are responding to what we do, but it’s okay if they’re responding in a positive way too, because I think just creating anything at all to put out there is a gift.
Every day, I kind of have in my brain a few slots of what I want to do. Like school, sleep, homework, ‘Rookie,’ hanging out with friends, mindless relaxation time, and then trying to do my own creative things.
I’m very interested in film, but any more involvement would happen organically. I’m not really seeking anything out, just looking at projects that come up that interest me.
Before ‘This is Our Youth’, I did a week of table reading ‘Airline Highway’ at Steppenwolf in Chicago while the author, Lisa D’Amour, workshopped it.
I really like looking at what’s new in my favourite designers’ stores, even if I don’t buy anything.
Maybe I need to make a change, or maybe it’s living here in New York or using social media or working in media and entertainment, but I feel like I’m constantly trying to maintain this sense of, ‘Why do I do what I do?’
I don’t know that a lot of boys read ‘Rookie’, but we get quite a few nice comments and e-mails from them. To say I’m devoted to making it girls-only is a little extreme, because I don’t actively try to exclude everyone else, just make sure girls know that this space is for them first and foremost.
I feel like, maybe in the ’90s, ‘Rookie’ would have been shamed for trying to reach a lot of people or trying to be ‘mainstream’, but I’m so pleased that our readers are happy to see me promoting the ‘Rookie’ yearbook on TV or whatever.
I think what human beings need is to be able to laugh at the absurd, hold on to ambiguity, and learn to love nuance, instead of making everything one or the other, and structurally, so much of the Internet and online publishing doesn’t have room for any of that.
If the next thing I do is not necessarily filling the role of ‘the future of journalism,’ it’ll probably be whatever is making me happiest, and that’s enough for me.
One of my intentions with ‘Rookie’ is for the girls reading it to know that they are already cool enough and smart enough and pretty enough.
The idea of being a ‘child star’ always sounded awful to people my age, and so I was just very aware that these things are kind of fleeting and that a lot of it didn’t have to do with me: it had to do with my age; it had to do with whatever came to mind when people thought of a young internet sensation.
When you’re a kid you’re already trying to create your own world and organize the one in front of you, but then you get all insecure around 6th grade and don’t think you have a right to share that.
There are moments when I am really not happy with how I look, or I think it would be an easy way out to try and do the conventionally attractive thing. But part of it is that I don’t have the energy to put on, like, makeup. If people want to do that, that’s fine. But I’ve learned that it’s not for me.
I’m really thankful for every experience I’ve had, even the ones that were puzzling or disorienting, because they taught me so much.
If there is something that strikes me as interesting or beautiful or something I could learn from, and I don’t write it down, then I could be at lunch with you, and it’s like there’s a pile of laundry in my brain that I haven’t put away, and I struggle to really listen, so that’s always been important to me.
As feminism becomes more integrated into mainstream publications and conversation, I feel weary of an obsession of celebrity culture masquerading as activism or as conversation or action. It’s clickbait.
It’s so hard getting rid of something that means something to you, as many of the pieces on our site do for me.
The scariest thing about receiving praise at a young age is the fear of burning out or losing it, or proving people right that you were just a novelty. Obviously, I can see mistakes in things that I’ve done or said and can see flaws in things I’ve made, but that’s just part of growing.
My dad is an English teacher, and my mom is a textiles artist. My parents made my sisters and me feel that if we wanted to pursue something creative, it could be done. They’ve always been supportive of everything from the beginning.
People don’t know what to do when writing a story with teens that takes place now – they think you have to make a bunch of references to Facebook.
I don’t know if I’ll ever make rap music, but I just like people who are like, ‘I am going to just find the medium that’s best for this idea and master it and do that.’
I get breakfast when everyone else is on their lunch break. I usually go to Dimes, which is a short walk from my apartment. Usually, I’ll have chia pudding or an acai bowl and toast and sausage.
People ask me about the decision to transition from fashion to ‘Rookie’ magazine. But it wasn’t a decision. I was 14, and my interests were changing.
I usually end up making a huge mess every morning when I get dressed. My outfit affects my whole day. I’m always running late, and I’m always trying to make sure I feel really good in what I’m wearing, because if you’re wearing something you’re not comfortable in, it ruins your day.
I have a pair of Rodarte leggings. They’re crazy, but I wore them for one day, and then by the end of the day they weren’t tearing, but they were getting a little loose.
It’s great that with the Internet, there has come this sense of creative independence.
I like ‘My So-Called Life’ and the ‘Riot Grrl Movement’ and ‘Freaks and Geeks.’
Sometimes ‘Rookie’ is written about like, ‘Finally! Something for alternative girls!’ and I’m like, ‘No!’ Obviously it’s not for everyone, but I used to think that there are cheerleaders, and there are art kids.
Taylor’s first four albums have been certified platinum a combined 21 times, but despite her unprecedented success in country music, ‘1989’ is strictly pop.
With acting, I felt like I had a lot to prove because I didn’t study it; I didn’t work my way up in a traditional sense.
My to-do list is the only form of organization I have, other than my iCal. It’s not all work stuff; it’s a lot of movies that I want to watch sooner rather than later. I have a list that’s like, ‘Read an essay from this book, then this one, then go back to this one.’
I think everybody should go to high school. It’s horrible, and it unites you with other people.
I am a Justin Bieber fan, but I am also so fascinated by how weird pop music can be and how manipulated it can be, so I enjoy thinking about that side of it too. I feel bad for him. I could never imagine growing up that way.
I think people can tell when you’re pandering to them, and they feel insulted. I think that one thing that is really nice about the work that I do is that I can just sort of make mistakes or try out different ideas or be inconsistent and be vulnerable.
What feels most productive to me isn’t to think so much in terms of how I can be alternative, but how I can be subversive in a way that feels organic, how I can connect with people, and how I can just be myself, which may be the hardest thing to be.
I still care a lot about my personal style, and since moving to New York and having a little more control over my own money, I’ve been able to make my 12-year-old fashion nerd dream comes true.
I think I surprise some people because a lot of the time, I roll out of bed and go to school, and it’s like I don’t wear anything that interesting sometimes.
I feel lucky in that I don’t really have to go to college to study something job-specific. I just want to go to learn about what is interesting to me and learn about the classes that you don’t really get to take in high school because you have to take the basics.
‘Rookie’ is not your guide to Being a Teen. It is, quite simply, a bunch of writing and art we like and believe in.
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