Tavi Gevinson graces the cover of ‘Teen Vogue’ and open up about her rise to fame in fashion, her Broadway debut and more. The writer and actress also poses for a fabulous photo shoot.
At age 20, Tavi Gevinson, is the embodiment of the multi-hyphenate. She first achieved notoriety as a preteen as a fashion designer and founder of the popular blog, Style Rookie. In more recent years she’s branched into acting, making a Broadway debut in ‘This Is Our Youth’ and co-starring in several movies. She’s also the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie Magazine and the author of four books.
She opens up about her life journey thus far, and reaching that milestone age of 20 in an in-depth interview for Teen Vogue’s September issue which fashion icon Grace Coddington conducted. She also served as stylist for the amazing photos (below) shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
The Chicago-born Gevinson spoke about her home life, of being raised by her English teacher father and a textile artist mother: “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.”
Asked about her peers, she said, “I had my few close people, and everyone else was a blur. At the time I thought they all really disliked me, and then I got a sweet e-mail from this boy after I graduated, and he was like, “I saw in some interview that you said you thought we all hated you—but we were just scared of you.”
She also reflected upon her meteoric rise to fame. After all she went from blogging about fashion to flying all over the world meeting designers and others in the industry, and all this while in her early teens, thus becoming one of the new media stars of our era.
Gevinson said, “When I was starting out, I saw it as something that was definitely going to end. Every time I came to New York for fashion week or to interview someone, I was so sad going back home because I thought, These things don’t get to last.”
Continuing, she said, “That’s sort of the narrative of young success. I heard an interview with George Saunders where he was saying he was really glad his books didn’t do well until he was much older. Because, he said, when you’re young, you already think you’re the center of the universe.”
But in the past few years, her success has only augmented, as she’s gone from blogging to founding her own online publication for teens, ‘Rookie Magazine,’ and if that weren’t enough, she’s gone on to star on Broadway.
She said of her transition to acting, “I had some level of confidence from knowing I’d performed as a little kid, but that’s totally different from professional experience. I was always the old lady or the little boy in school plays, which you could probably see in my sense of style later on. So I think part of having impostor syndrome around stage acting was that I never really felt like an ingenue.”
She also spoke about the pressures of being a role model, saying, “I think the type of audience that my writing or Rookie has attracted would be all right with the occasional misstep, and even if they weren’t, my heart is in the right place. I’m 20—I’m trying to understand how to move through the universe and also be kind to other people.”
There’s much more to the interview as Gevinson opens up about her acting career and more. You can see the full article here and check out Tavi Gevinson’s ‘Teen Vogue’ magazine cover and photos below!