For those who don’t know who Tavi Gevinson is, I feel a little bad for you. She’s an 18-year-old rising star from Oak Park, Illinois who has definitely made a profound mark in the fashion and journalism industry. From creating her very own fashion blog at the age of 12 to making fashion statements at Dior fashion shows, Gevinson is ready to grow up and show the world what else she has in store.
Gevinson has many talents, with one of them being self-therapy. She sets many goals for herself by simply making a list. A week after her 18th birthday, she had several lists on her door. One of them stood out in pink watercolor paint saying, “LIVE THROUGH THIS.” “THIS” referred to the aftermath of her first serious relationship. As one list put it:
Loving him now means:
Letting him go
In between making her lists, Gevinson directs a lot of her time to her girl-power Internet nexus, Rookie magazine, interviewing celebrities for huge circulating magazines (i.e. Miley Cyrus for Elle) and showing off her impressive acting skills in Broadway shows such as Kenneth Lonergan’s play “This Is Our Youth.” She plans to move to New York in August, when the play will official go to Broadway. This will also be her gap year before going off to college.
Another list, titled “Just be,” says:
To prepare herself for New York, she has made a list of “the elements I like about being here and being a teenager that I want to make sure I sustain somehow.” It includes keeping a diary and allowing herself time to feel sad. In her new environment, she hopes to immerse herself in her community, the Rookie community, “where everyone wants to feel good and there’s no snobbishness.”
There was another list, of distractions:
Watch a movie you haven’t seen
Listen to records
Listen to new music
Read a book
Write for Rookie
Write in your diary
Take a walk
Over the past few years, as her life has gotten more and more improbable, this anchor of middle-American, middle-class reality has helped center her, but now she is casting herself adrift. She’s smart, intelligent, wise and creative for her age. Gevinson is only 18 and who knows what she’ll do from here on out…on her very own.
– Jaleesa Key
Source: T, The New York Times Style Magazine, Tavi Forevever
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