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Rookie Class of 2013: Meet the Girls Who Make Up Tavi’s Inner Circle

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Rookie Class of 2013: Meet the Girls Who Make Up Tavi’s Inner Circle

Hazel Cills

"Strive for art in reverse" - John Waters

Member of the Ghost Hunting Society, Sisters of the Dick (Chris Kraus Coven Klub), and the Claire Boucher Fan Club. Editor of That One Thing That Nobody Ever Read.

When everyone else says to teen girls: stay quiet, value your virginity, you're just being silly, etc. Rookie says: pick up a guitar or make your own zine and tell people that your opinions matter.">
Hazel Cills

"Strive for art in reverse" - John Waters

Member of the Ghost Hunting Society, Sisters of the Dick (Chris Kraus Coven Klub), and the Claire Boucher Fan Club. Editor of That One Thing That Nobody Ever Read.

When everyone else says to teen girls: stay quiet, value your virginity, you're just being silly, etc. Rookie says: pick up a guitar or make your own zine and tell people that your opinions matter.
Bianca Valentino

“I don’t make art to be popular or seen, I make it because my hands have to…” -Ian Vanek, Japanther

Founder of the Dance Dance Revolution Club and Random Acts of Kindness Alliance. Member of the Astrology Club (Scorpio) and the Cultural Diversity Coalition.

The fact that Rookie goes far beyond its online and print presence to makes a positive difference in people’s daily lives is the raddest thing about it.">
Bianca Valentino

“I don’t make art to be popular or seen, I make it because my hands have to…” -Ian Vanek, Japanther

Founder of the Dance Dance Revolution Club and Random Acts of Kindness Alliance. Member of the Astrology Club (Scorpio) and the Cultural Diversity Coalition.

The fact that Rookie goes far beyond its online and print presence to makes a positive difference in people’s daily lives is the raddest thing about it.
Stephanie Kuehnert

"From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer… will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power will have the power; can stand up, will stand up. Slayers... every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?" -from the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Secretary of the Astrology Club (Cancer). Founder of the Vegan Sorority. Riot Grrrl Forever.

I started writing zines and stories because I didn't see myself or many of my friends represented in mainstream books or media, so what Rookie is doing is totally revolutionary in my point of view. ">
Stephanie Kuehnert

"From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer… will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power will have the power; can stand up, will stand up. Slayers... every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?" -from the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Secretary of the Astrology Club (Cancer). Founder of the Vegan Sorority. Riot Grrrl Forever.

I started writing zines and stories because I didn't see myself or many of my friends represented in mainstream books or media, so what Rookie is doing is totally revolutionary in my point of view.
Amy Rose Spiegel

"Most people are other people." -Oscar Wilde

Member of the Paul Westerberg Appreciation Society and the Sisters of the Dick (Chris Kraus Coven Klub). Winner of the Roland Barthes Scholarship for Excellence in Textual Pleasure.

I'm always so impressed by Rookie’s teen readers, and so comforted that they're the people who are going to run shit one day very soon. I personally can't wait.">
Amy Rose Spiegel

"Most people are other people." -Oscar Wilde

Member of the Paul Westerberg Appreciation Society and the Sisters of the Dick (Chris Kraus Coven Klub). Winner of the Roland Barthes Scholarship for Excellence in Textual Pleasure.

I'm always so impressed by Rookie’s teen readers, and so comforted that they're the people who are going to run shit one day very soon. I personally can't wait.
Jessica Hopper

“I wasn't born to be a spectator" -Patti Smith

Yearbook Music Editor. Band Leader. Riot Grrrl Forever.

There is nothing about Rookie that I don't find to be downright revolutionary. Every day I read a passage on Rookie that illuminates the progression of feminism, of teen girls knowing their own power—and it stands in stark contrast to the generations before, you can plot the evolution and distance from even Riot Grrrl a generation before—and I am continually renewed by it, and grateful to be one of the Olds in the midst of such great work.">
Jessica Hopper

“I wasn't born to be a spectator" -Patti Smith

Yearbook Music Editor. Band Leader. Riot Grrrl Forever.

There is nothing about Rookie that I don't find to be downright revolutionary. Every day I read a passage on Rookie that illuminates the progression of feminism, of teen girls knowing their own power—and it stands in stark contrast to the generations before, you can plot the evolution and distance from even Riot Grrrl a generation before—and I am continually renewed by it, and grateful to be one of the Olds in the midst of such great work.
María Fernanda

“I'm a gangsta but y'all knew that.”

Class Photographer. Member of the All Girls Choir and the Unicorn Appreciation Club.

Rookie gathers together a bunch of people from different countries with different tastes and opinions, yet there exists this solidarity between the girls. The fact that I can find people in other parts of the world with whom you feel related is incredible.">
María Fernanda

“I'm a gangsta but y'all knew that.”

Class Photographer. Member of the All Girls Choir and the Unicorn Appreciation Club.

Rookie gathers together a bunch of people from different countries with different tastes and opinions, yet there exists this solidarity between the girls. The fact that I can find people in other parts of the world with whom you feel related is incredible.
Monika Zaleska

“Poems don't always have to rhyme, you know. They just have to be creative. Love to my gurl gang RHMS <3” -Monika Zaleska

Moonlight storyteller. Fulbright scholar. Sole member of the Literary Detective Club.

Rookie is like reading your older sister's diary. Or like hanging out with your weird hippie aunt who's seen-it-all and now lives in your computer. But you can't borrow her kaftan, sorry.

Photo by Hanna Kozlowska.">
Monika Zaleska

“Poems don't always have to rhyme, you know. They just have to be creative. Love to my gurl gang RHMS <3” -Monika Zaleska

Moonlight storyteller. Fulbright scholar. Sole member of the Literary Detective Club.

Rookie is like reading your older sister's diary. Or like hanging out with your weird hippie aunt who's seen-it-all and now lives in your computer. But you can't borrow her kaftan, sorry.

Photo by Hanna Kozlowska.
Marie Lodi

"Say anything about me, darling, as long as it isn't boring." - Tallulah Bankhead

Head of the Goth Recognize Goth Support Group and the Girls Who Worship at the Altar of John Waters Club. Theatre School Costume Buyer.

Rookie is a very powerful coven and the readers are their own little army. They are the life force that keeps it all going.">
Marie Lodi

"Say anything about me, darling, as long as it isn't boring." - Tallulah Bankhead

Head of the Goth Recognize Goth Support Group and the Girls Who Worship at the Altar of John Waters Club. Theatre School Costume Buyer.

Rookie is a very powerful coven and the readers are their own little army. They are the life force that keeps it all going.
Lola Pellegrino

“You wanna know about the league, man? We hate cops! And we love music! And we can fly!” -World/Inferno Friendship Society. “Elevate the sisterhood and keep shining” -Carrie Battan

Co-President of Sisters of the Dick (Chris Kraus Coven Klub). Member of the Gay-Straight Alliance and the Goth Recognize Goth Support Group. Honor Society.

What’s the most exciting thing about Rookie? Everything that’s coming next!">
Lola Pellegrino

“You wanna know about the league, man? We hate cops! And we love music! And we can fly!” -World/Inferno Friendship Society. “Elevate the sisterhood and keep shining” -Carrie Battan

Co-President of Sisters of the Dick (Chris Kraus Coven Klub). Member of the Gay-Straight Alliance and the Goth Recognize Goth Support Group. Honor Society.

What’s the most exciting thing about Rookie? Everything that’s coming next!
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We all know Tavi Gevinson is Class President and Yearbook Editor, but what of the other eighty-odd grrrls who keep the school of Rookie Mag running? 19 to 37 years wise, hailing from America, Australia, Mexico, and Poland, each freaks, geeks, and cheerleaders in their own right—here, we introduce you to nine of the forever young wonders who make up Rookie’s Class of 2013.