Tavi Gevinson, the girl genius who began her blog ‘Style Rookie‘ at 12 years of age, has responded to criticism from The Sartorialist Scott Schuman with a frankly too-mature-for-her-age reply, plus an added sweetly sick burn.
Tavi has, from her blogging as a young teen, now created a modern literary empire for young females, releasing a sought-after annual zine ‘Rookie‘, as well as becoming a personality in the fashion industry.
Regardless of this, Schuman made some rather ageist comments about Gevinson in an interview with The Talks. He commented on her early fashion blogging, essentially saying she was too young to know what she was talking about:
“It is like a five-year old Michael Jackson singing about love — to him they are just words.”
Tavi didn’t take too kindly to being told that her well-thought out, mature fashion critiques were invalid because of her age, and came back with this incredible answer:
“That young people don’t have valid thoughts about the world because they haven’t been alive long enough is sadly a very popular and, frankly, unoriginal sentiment. When I think about that time, I was just responding to the world around me. And I was perceptive enough that I felt like I could make connections to things in my life. I don’t think it was abstract. And I am basically skeptical of any adults who have those kinds of things to say about young people because it seems to always very transparently stem from fear and insecurity. And to be honest, the fact that he’s shorter than me in real life.”
Fuck yeah Tavi, tell him.
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