Kanye West’s not everyone’s idea of a fearless hero but to me he is.
There was a time when I was truly afraid of failure: the idea of experiencing it alone made me overly cautious and too timid to step outside my comfort zone. Despite all his controversial opinions and actions, it was Kanye West who flipped my fear on its head and made me excited to try and less intimidated by the idea of failure. Kanye’s not everyone’s idea of a fearless hero but to me he is. Here’s why.
In stories about Tavi Gevinson’s eclectic and inspiring career, her age is so often the focus. But, as anyone who is (or has been) a teenage girl will know full well, her determination, ambition and creativity aren’t particularly unique; rather, it’s that the work those traits have produced—first as a fashion blogger, then a writer, a website editor and an actress—could exist at all. At the age when most of us were being told we couldn’t or shouldn’t make the work we dreamed about, Tavi was blocking out that noise and persevering. And the work that perseverance produced has cleared a path for other girls and women, and told them, “you can do it too, you know.”
After three years as the editor of Rookie magazine, Tavi stepped out from behind the scenes last year when she won a role in the Broadway reprisal of Kenneth Lonergan’s 1996 play, This is Our Youth. Tavi takes on each of her new creative pursuits with such ease you could be mistaken for thinking that everything comes super easy to her, but that’s not always the case.
She and I spoke about facing your fears, finding the courage it requires to stand on stage every night, and blocking out the doubtful voices in your head.
The third (and final) piece I wrote for Rolling Stone to accompany the launch of their Kim Kardashian cover (July 2015) was this list of references to the Kardashians in hip hop, co-written with Brittany Spanos and Nick Murray. Below are the pieces I wrote from the list, which you can read in full here.
It's often said that Kim Kardashian and her family are famous for doing nothing. Not so! In fact, any regular viewer of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its satellite series can attest that the Kardashians have built up their empire (and their résumés) by working innumerable useful, diverting, or otherwise odd jobs while the cameras roll. From Kris and Khloé's real-life stints as TV hosts, to Kim's experience as a wig model, to that time one of the gang became an alligator hunter, we rank 25 of the Kardashians' most compelling career moves.