Tavi Gevinson’s career is perhaps the online, real-time equivalent of Boyhood: we’ve all spent the past seven years watching her conquer girlhood, the Internet, print and beyond to become the successful 18-year-old that she is today. Now, in addition to a budding acting career, she’s landed the cover of New York magazine’s Fall Fashion issue.
Fashion Director Amy Larocca profiles the soon-to-be-Broadway actress, giving readers a glimpse of Gevinson’s next chapter, or her “meta-adolescence,” as Larocca aptly describes it. Here are five cool things we learned:
Stevie Nicks Gave Tavi a Cashmere Hug
Even though she’s moved out of her childhood home, Tavi brought her Stevie Nicks poster with her and has it tacked above her new desk. Her fangirl dreams came true when she met Nicks once after mentioning the singer in her now-viral TED talk. Apparently, Nicks gave Tavi a “cashmere blanket to wrap herself in whenever she felt like she needed a hug.”
Taylor Swift Coached Tavi Through Her Breakup…
The only thing better than a cashmere hug from a rock legend is a real-life hug from Taylor Swift. After breaking up with her high school sweetheart, Tavi consulted the self-proclaimed breakup expert. “I hate being heartbroken,” she tells NYMag, “but who better to discuss it with than Taylor Swift?”
Now that Swift is involved, Tavi’s ex might want to lay low for a while.
…And Tavi’s Breakup Rekindled Her Love For Fashion
“Actually, coming out of the breakup has kind of reignited my love for fashion, because it’s a way of asserting a new identity and becoming a new person and giving yourself space.”
Tavi’s Afraid New York Will Make Her a Horrible Person
Tavi asks the question every New Yorker actively ignores: What if I go to New York and I get caught up and I become a horrible person? She’s managed to stay grounded for this long though, which is an epic achievement considering the fate of most child stars.
Tavi is NOT the Center of the Universe
And she brings Larocca to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago to prove that very metaphor. She tells NYMag: “Sometimes, when you’re doing a magazine interview, it’s good to remember that you are not, actually, the center of the universe. Like, at all.”
Wise beyond her years, yet still grounded enough to appreciate a well-executed field trip. No wonder this girl’s got the Fall Fashion cover.
To read the rest of the interview and see accompanying photos, head over to The Cut! Then obviously come back and tell us what you think.