During snowpocalypse I spent quite a bit of time trolling the internet and came across this New Yorker article on Tavi Gevinson. While I knew who she was, I didn't know she's from Chicago (Oak Park) and would be part of an interview panel at The Hideout Friday, Feb. 4.
At 14, she has a successful fashion blog (thestylerookie.com), has been chosen by Mattel to be one of "Barbie's Ten Women to Watch" (also on the list: J.K. Rowling), was the inspiration for 'Rodarte's for Target' fashion line, has sat front row during fashion week and interviewed Gwen Stefani for Teen Vogue.
She is also selective on who she grants interviews to (she has turned down Oprah and Good Morning America), I knew this was a rare opportunity not to be missed.
Apparently I wasn't the only one who had the same thought. The room was filled with people standing in the aisles and back of an already cramped room. Gevinson sat along the left-wall of the room attentively listing to the interviews preceding her and patiently awaiting her turn.
Her interview began by telling Bazer how she was teased on her way home from school by a group of teenage boys because she was wearing a blue wig. And while her story hinted at frustration at being teased for being different, she manages to put a positive spin by saying:
"If you're confusing people than you're doing something right."
That set the tone for the rest of the interview. It's clear Gevinson knows how much power she wields but she does not let it go to her head. She is a sweet, shy and awkward teenage girl. If anything, she seems to be more grounded by it.
She's smart and has a good head on her shoulders. Even if her life doesn't take her down the fashion path (which seems inevitable), it's clear she will do great things.
Tavi was part of Mark Bazer's monthly 'Interview Show', which brings together creative types from various sectors.
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