Tavi Gevinson Gets Real in V Magazine's 'The Chanel Book'

Tavi Gevinson Gets Real in V Magazine's 'The Chanel Book'

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Tavi Gevinson Gets Real in V Magazine's 'The Chanel Book'

Get to know the Gossip Girl star in this exclusive interview

Get to know the Gossip Girl star in this exclusive interview

Photography: Inez & Vinoodh

Text: Kevin Ponce

This feature appears in The Chanel Book, click here and get yours today

VMagazine: What are you most passionate about?

Tavi Gevinson: Avoiding physical or emotional pain to the detriment of my growth as a human being.

V: What words do you live by?

TG: Keep it moving.

V: What’s the last thing that made you cry?

TG: I don’t know! I was in my car waiting to pick up takeout. I think crying when you have a moment to be still is a reasonable reaction to living in the world or like, having conspiracy theorists as elected officials.

Tavi wears pleated black muslin cape; white dress; “double C” CHANEL logo earrings On lips: CHANEL Rouge Coco Bloom

V: What is freedom to you?

TG: “What you do with what’s been done to you.” Sorry to quote Sartre but it’s what I think!

V: If you could travel to the past for one day, where would you go?

TG: Ancient Greece.

V: What’s the best advice you’ve ever rejected?

TG: “Always take the meeting.”

V: What artistic work do you wish you created?

TG: I feel like getting to look at something and appreciate it without having to have done any work is a sweeter gig.

V: What’s one thing you would change about your industry?

TG: I would ensure a future for film beyond streamers! I would bring back midbudget movies! I would resuscitate theaters! I would do an overhaul on payment structures and ask executives in the Beverly Hills voting bloc to recognize their impaired judgment in the previous two presidential elections and resign! I would ask creators, very gently, “Does this need to be an eight-hour long docuseries, or could it be a 90-minute movie?” I could keep going! Vote for me!

V: If you could be a character in a movie, who would it be?

TG: Annie, from the John Huston one.

V: What is your favorite indulgence?

TG: To steal Fran Lebowitz’s view on guilty pleasures, I don’t think of anything as an indulgence so much as a fun thing I’m entitled to because life is short and I don’t hate myself.

V: Who do you envy?

TG: I tend to envy people who strike me as much more disciplined than I and who make things they seem to have a lot of control over. They also have to be talented and attractive. So right now, it’s Phoebe Bridgers.

V: What is the most profound discovery you’ve made about yourself this past year?

TG: I’m okay sharing a living space with mice.

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Credits:

December 13, 2020 - New York Makeup Fulvia Farolfi (Bryan Bantry), Hair Ward (The Wall Group), Manicure Megumi Yamamoto (Susan Price NYC), Stylist assistant Jared Depriest, Makeup assistant Robert Reyes, Hair assistants Brian Casey, Derrick Keith, Manicure assistant Kana Kishita

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