The mainstream media is a dark place for teen girls, but
Rookie - an online mag started by 16-year-old blogger Tavi Gevinson last year -
is changing that, with smart, feminist musings on pop culture, teen issues, DIY
fashion, and more. It's grown so popular with a certain niche of teens and
twentysomethings that meetups have been popping up around the world, allowing
readers to talk feminism, make zines and flower crowns, and profess their love
for Rookie. Last month, the Boston area held
one of its own at the Democracy
Center in Harvard
Faye Orlove, graphic designer
Faye came to the meetup with her younger sister in tow.
"I really wanted my little sister to meet some girls who I thought would have
the same values I want her to grow up with. . . . Rookie has always felt like a
safe environment for young girls to be themselves and learn about positive
The mag has taught her a few things too.
"Rookie has inspired me to make so many more things. Instead of buying collars
and pins and acid-washed denim jackets, I've totally made my own. . . . Rookie
has never been in the business of telling me what to wear for my complexion,
for springtime, or for a first date. It's more about feeling totally awesome
wearing the things I already wear."
She also draws inspiration from a diverse
crew of characters - real and fictional. "My personal style is an
amalgamation of everything I've ever loved: some Angela Chase, some Patti
Smith, some Sanderson sisters from Hocus Pocus."
That sick pink coat was a gift
from her best friend back in Washington,
DC. "I think she got it at a
thrift store, but I don't know which one. She's totally a Rookie lover too."
More parties! At thePhoenix.com/parties. See you out there!