As you know, I rarely enjoy a piece of good fashion (or not so much about fashion) read. And whenever I find something noteworthy, I make it a pleasure to share with you. Such is the case with Tavi Gevinson interviewed by Katie Couric. (you may know her from CBS Evening News?)
Naturally curious about Tavi and her fashion ways, I was surprised to read her addressing herself naturally on fashionable issues like what made her blog popular, how she felt entering the Fashion World, among the grands (literally) and how she juggles her school every day life and her fashionable activities. After the jump you’ll find some fragments from the original interview (that you can read here; in case you’re not familiar with Tavi’s website, you can find it here)
[…]It [ fashion ] helps me either feel more like myself or see what it’s like to kind of, in a theatrical way, be someone else. […] A big factor [ because my blog has caught on ] would be the age thing, and I guess the media is really intrigued by Internet—for lack of a better word—fame. But I like to think that a lot of people also just really liked it. […]After the Chanel couture show in Paris last January, I met Karl Lagerfeld, and one of the PR women asked my dad if he wanted to meet him too, and he just kind of laughed and was like, “No, that’s her thing.” […]
At first it was a little scary [ penetrating the fashion industry ], because [I’m] such a big fan of all these people. But then [I] learned that they want things to be a certain way. The more that I learn about the problems with that kind of elitism and how it can stifle creativity, and how it’s for a very specific demographic, the kind of happier I am that it never really got to me or made me feel like I didn’t have a place. When I think about Fashion Week, I feel like I’m causing a big stink, and there are a lot of people who are very openly catty about it. But, I mean, it’s just funny, because honestly that’s, like, such high school cafeteria behavior. So it’s just sort of amusing.
I get a lot done in school. If I miss class for some kind of traveling, I make it up. I have really understanding and flexible teachers. It’s not easy, but there are people who, you know, go to soccer practice after school or go to rehearsal for a play, and this is the same thing. […] I think it should be easier for women to feel like they don’t have to be conventionally attractive or think of flattering clothing before they think of fun clothing.