In 2011, Tavi Gevinson posted a
self-portrait which she said exhibited some "Heathers"/"Twin
"I started thinking too much
about how I look in it and avoided posting it for a while," she wrote.
"I wasn't insecure, quite the opposite - I didn't want to post this photo
because I look good in it. And, as someone whose 'thing' for so long has been 'Challenge
beauty standards! Screw convention! Look like a grandmother on ecstasy at
Fashion Week!', that somehow felt hypocritical. …
"The general voice of my blog
has been very much against the idea of those (or, in a way, any) standards for
a long time, maybe not in so many words, but definitely in spirit. I once
relished in an email I got saying I was an ugly boy because it felt like proof
that I hadn't given in to societal pressure to be pretty that girls usually
feel affected by. ...
"Before I got contacts in
March, I just never really counted myself in the general pool of people who
might be considered attractive. I wasn't insecure about how I looked, I just
made peace with the fact that I wasn't, to me, an attractive person, and
decided to milk my charming personality instead. The glasses were an easy way
to isolate myself from even having to consider keeping up some kind of face.
Then I slowly came to feel that, well, maybe I did want my face to be
visible. Maybe I liked my face. Is that not okay?"