A couple of things. First of all, congratulations on your whole fashion blogger/teen prodigy thing. I must admit, at first I found the whole idea of you irksome. But in the end I think that probably had more to do with the degree to which the fashion world couldn’t stop peeing in their pants over you than anything you actually did. There doesn’t seem to be any getting around the fact that you are a very talented young lady.
And yet I was disappointed to read your comments in Racked regarding the “Ask an A-Lister“ feature on Seventeen’s website, which you view as appropriation of the “Ask a Grown Man” feature on your website, Rookie, in which celebrities like John Hamm and Judd Apatow answer teenaged girls’ questions via video.
Because: Tavi, may I introduce you to “Dear Boy”? The Sassy column in which such luminaries of the day as Thurston Moore, J. Mascis, Billy Corgan, Mike D, and Beck answered questions from readers (and occasionally editors)? Actually, it looks like you’ve already met. (Scroll down to the very bottom item.)
And here’s the thing, Tavi: that’s not such a big deal! You copy Sassy, and Seventeen copies you copying Sassy, and it has always been thus. It can be annoying, but it just is. So stop with the complaining. There are few things more tedious—or less gracious—than a person who complains about having their ideas ripped off.* Just go think up some new ones and move on.
*Especially when—it bears repeating—perhaps they weren’t this person’s ideas in the first place.