Why Does The New York Times Think It’s Okay To Mention 15-Year-Old Tavi Gevinson’s ‘Curves’?

Tavi Gevinson is the 15-year-old style prodigy that you, and perhaps your daughters, keep reading about. The little girl with a knack for style started her own fashion blog when she was just 12 years old. From there she’s attended countless runway shows and has been fully embraced by the fashion industry for her unique style. So with all of her talents and recognition, why is The New York Times talking about her body?

The piece begins with an introduction into Tavi’s latest venture — a magazine entitled Rookie that will be coupled with online content. The fashion muse is still in school she points out, so she can’t be be blogging all day. Then, along with an assessment for the teenager’s bedroom, the writer makes this comment:

Gevinson is no longer the gamine, granny-child of her early days but rather a doll-faced 15-year-old with contact lenses and curves.

Tavi, like many young girls both in and out of the public eye, is growing up rapidly — her business ventures alone show that she’s only getting more business savvy. But there are other ways to capture the remarkable progress and fast growth of young female talent than bringing readers back to her body. The teenager already has so much to her name. Why remind them of her underage “curves”?

(photo: nytimes.com)

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  • Jen

    We as a culture seem to have an obsession with the bodies of women and girls. No matter what the story is about, if we are talking about a woman looks MUST come into play. Couple this with the growing trend of sexy clothes for young girls and a permissive “rape culture” that puts women’s bodies and clothing on trial every time they are victimized and we get a regressive Stepford Wives-esque vision of the future of American women.

  • Sarah Coles

    Indeed agree with jen. why don’t people go and get a life.. Do we not have anyother topic other then that.


  • Thomas

    “Curves” are a shorthand way of describing that she’s now well into puberty, heading toward adulthood. Like it or not, our bodies say a lot about what stage of life we’re in. If Gevinson were a boy, they might well have pointed out that he now has to shave. In the same way, we can describe a middle-aged person as “graying”, or mention that they are “well-fed” to indicate a measure of success. Those physical details may not relate specifically to the issue at hand, but they provide a nice descriptive component to the bare facts of the story. It’s what a good writer does.

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  • Elizabeth

    The article is just trying to say that she’s grown up. Stop making a mountain out of a molehill.