In case any of us were still operating under the assumption that the “feminist protest” Karl Lagerfeld staged at Chanel last September was anything other than an obvious ploy for Instalikes, dauntingly perceptive feminist teen Tavi Gevinson is here to remind otherwise. Now, normally we’re opposed to the idea of a Feminist Scale on which candidates are ranked according to past actions and quality of Twitter followers. But Tavi is Tavi, and Karl once claimed Coco Chanel “wasn’t ugly enough” to be a feminist. So there’s that.
In a recent interview with i-D, the precocious Rookie editor spoke about her ambitions for her game-changing publishing venture, her professional role models and what it’s like to be the real leader of an activist generation.
“I don’t know if [Karl’s protest] was harmful so much as just sort of pointless and zeitgeist-y,” she mused. “There are more substantive ways that his influence could be used in progressive ways if that had been his intention.”
Her own, more affordable tips on how to further one’s feminism? “Listen to each other and learn about what feminism means for other people and how other feminists’ experiences are different from yours.” Pants entirely optional, particularly if they’re tweed and cost $4,000.