Teaching us all about the online arena and its potential to influence.
“Creating content that interests you allows your enthusiasm to show and engage readers in an insincere space like the Internet.” - Tavi Gevinson
The task of creating a blog and curating ‘worthy’ content has been a daunting one. There are a number of moments when you doubt your own voice when you’re unsure whether your opinions and experiences are worth anything; whether anyone should be reading them. Cue Tavi Gevinson and her online influence!
Gevinson, at the age of 21, is an American writer, magazine editor, and actress. She made her mark in the online world through her influential blog, Style Rookie at the age of 11. The blog soon transitioned and now Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online platform Rookie Magazine.
“I wanted to start a website for teenage girls that was not kind of this one-dimensional strong character empowerment thing, because one thing that can be very alienating about a misconception of feminism is that girls then think that to be feminists, they have to live up to being perfectly consistent in their beliefs, never being insecure, never having doubts, having all the answers… and this is not true and actually, recognizing all the contradictions I was feeling became easier once I realized that feminism was not a rule book but a discussion, a conversation, a process.” –Tavi Gevinson
In 2008 when Gevinson started the blog Style Rookie, the blog initially featured photographs of the eleven-year-old Gevinson in elaborate outfits and her descriptive spoken account on the latest fashion trends. Style Rookie started raking in a readership of nearly 30,000 per day. In 2010 she gave her first TED Talk titled Still Figuring It Out.
“For most people, being a feminist sounds so complicated. It’s always more convenient to not be someone with controversial opinions.” –Tavi Gevinson
She’s been a lighthouse along the way, on my journey of finding and using my voice and expressing it in the digital world. Nude Wear and Nude Blog has become a home for my thoughts- whether some think that they are validated or not, they’re mine and they’re being heard, I’m giving myself a chance to be heard. I’m fighting and fumbling and I’m figuring it out; I’m finding my feminist way.
I think my favourite lesson from Gevinson thus far has to be this:
“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.”