I’ve been thinking about fashion and feminism and strength and cleverness over the last couple of days (hence the pictures of gorgeous, styley women with bikes), thanks to an article by Kara Jesella in Slate.
Jesella, who co-authored the book How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time with the writer Marisa Meltzer, takes a look at the relationship between Rookie, an online magazine spearheaded by blog wunderkind Tavi Gevinson, and the late, great Sassy magazine. Jesella writes, “Sassy was unlike its contemporaries, prissy Seventeen or lascivious YM: It made fun of celebrities, talked to its readers in teen-speak, and assured them that getting into a good college was as important as getting a date. Fifteen-year-old Tavi Gevinson, the founder and editor of Rookie, is known for a similar brand of down-to-earth quirkiness.”
I was a huge Sassy fan, and I’m glad that Gevinson, whose blog, Style Rookie, is smart, creative, and substantive, and the talented crew at Rookie are stepping in to fill the void.