Is it weird for me to say that one of my greatest idols in the modern world is a 17-year-old girl?
Because it shouldn’t be – I’m quite proud of the fact, actually.
For those of you who are unaware with Tavi Gevinson and the revolution that she has started of feminism and empowerment in young women, you should, at the very least, read the article I linked.
The article was written in the New York Times just at the beginning of April, and it’s really interesting because it’s not solely focused on Tavi – and I appreciate that. Tavi started Rookie, an online magazine that ranges from publishing fiction to nonfiction articles that all pertain to girls growing up and creating a great sense of the world. Rookie has been bookmarked on my computer for a few years now, and the more I know about it, the more I absolutely love it.
I really like the article form the NY Times because it talks about Tavi, but it also focuses on the other girls who are just as important to Rookie. They are all women that I would love to know in real life, and they’re inspiring beyond words. They’re all 20-somethings, like me, and they all show how empowering it is for a woman to find a passion and go full steam ahead with it.
Rookie is a magazine for girls in an age where all other magazines tell them who they can or can’t be, what they can or can’t look like: Rookie doesn’t care about these things – Rookie pushes girls to figure out for themselves what they want and to pursue it without fear of others’ opinions. Rookie gives girls the power to figure the world out and make their own choices – to create beautiful things and make a difference using their passions.
I honestly don’t think there’s any better way to put how much Tavi means than how the incredible Amy Rose Spiegel said, “I think it’s kind of incredible because teenage girls have been making art and feeling things very strongly for as long as there have been teenage girls,” she said. “Tavi has given people the cue that it’s O.K. to be this and it’s O.K. to do that.”