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Tavi Gevinson, The Style Rookie, Ponders Why People Might Hate Her

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Katie Couric interviewed teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson, The Style Rookie, for her most recent column in Glamour magazine—and asked her some pretty hard-hitting questions, many of which were about why Gevinson gets so much flak from fashion industry professionals about her blog.

Gevinson says she "can totally understand" why people who've been working in the industry for years would be frustrated that someone else gets "opportunities that you've been wanting." But then she cryptically says: "But there's a difference between having emotions and acting on them"—which we're reading as either alluding to the idea that she'd rather not be criticized at all or that people who are frustrated aren't channeling their energies constructively into their work. (Not sure what she means, but either interpretation seems pretty controversial.)

Check out some of the key Q&As after the jump.

KATIE COURIC: Hasn’t that been tough to handle as a 14-year-old? I mean, it’s tough for me when people criticize me and I’m, well, not 14!

TAVI GEVINSON: Well, I can totally understand the frustration, if you’ve been working for so long and then this whole Internet thing happens, and other people get the same opportunities that you’ve been wanting. But there’s a difference between having emotions and acting on them.

KATIE COURIC: What do you say to those who question whether a teenage girl can write as well as you do [and] produce the quality of work that you’re doing?

TAVI GEVINSON: Uh, google it. [Laughs.] I don’t know. People pretty much, once we’ve met, don’t doubt that I write it. Especially once they’ve met my parents, because my mom is, like, this drumming, tapestry-weaving hippie, and then my dad is a retired English teacher who’s, I don’t know, enjoying all of his, like, Saul Bellow right now.

KATIE COURIC: Why do you think people are so unbelievably vitriolic on the Internet?

TAVI GEVINSON: I think that everybody wants to be heard, and the easiest way to be the loudest is to be the hater. But you don’t know who’s behind the keyboard, and you don’t really know if their complaint is about the topic at hand or if they’re just bitter about something else.

KATIE COURIC: I agree. I always say, “Gee, they must not be very happy.”

TAVI GEVINSON: Yeah, I mean, I think criticism is a good thing, but it’s usually easy to tell when there’s more behind that and it’s more a personal issue, I guess.

· Katie Couric interviews Tavi Gevinson the Style Rookie []
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