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Tavi Gevinson: “What is this exclusivity protecting?”

May 20, 2015

Ms. Gevinson, even though your online magazine Rookie has become a staple for teenage girls, you’ve said that its not supposed to act as a guidebook. Are you a reluctant role model?

I did resist that for a long time. It’s a weird pressure and I don’t feel like it’s my job, but I do find that it helps to think of in my life. Even in dealing with something like a break up, if I think about the fact that I would eventually be writing about it and reading that piece in a room full of Rookie readers, it helps me make better decisions for myself. Writer-editor Ayesha Siddiqi once said, “Be the person you needed as a teenager.” I find that it really helps me to try to be this strong person – who I know I am deep down – but you get distracted or sidetracked and …

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