Obviously including your hair, your eyes, your old Levi's and not to mention that when we kiss I'm hypnotised I am really in love with something Tavi Gevinson spoke about during some sort of presentation she did about why she started Rookie.
Basically, Tavi (a goddess) talks about how women in the media are only ever represented as one thing. Characters in TV shows and movies tend to be very flat. Like, Sylvia is only ever the damsel in that dress or Priyanka is only the smartie pants, I.T girl (and, yes, that's quite a stereotype; the Indian I.T expert - sue me) or that Elliot is only a crazy cat lady. That's not how women really are, that's not how people are. Why can't Sylvia also be really good at anagrams? Or do you know that Priyanka is a sex kitten on the weekends? And Elliot is also a crazy bad lady, too.
Tavi goes onto say that people, teenage girls in general, really, are multi-faceted. And we're not just one thing, set in stone. We're a mass of contradictions. Why?
Because we're still figuring things out.
And a lot of our society doesn't allow for that. Everyone has to have it all figured out. We're all expected to have our Twitter and Instagram biographies lined up, all our books have be about similar stuff and we can never move out of a set style of dress. Our books can't contradict each other and you can't dress punk one day and super girly the next.
(This is why shows like Girls are so refreshing and amazing.)
And Tavi started Rookie, not as a guide to how to be the perfect girl or how to glide through your adolescence on sparkly rainbow roller skates, for girls who were still figuring it out. Adults, too. The whole point of Rookie is that it's OK to not know who you are yet or have your life planned out to every detail including the brand of adult diapers you're going to sport in your nineties.
I think that's just a message teenagers need to hear more often, you know?
|Image from a Rookie shoot I adored.|