I would not be the person I am today without my four Rookie Yearbooks. These incredible paper versions of the Rookie website (shown above & below), run by my idol Tavi Gevinson, which have opened my eyes to a world of possibility.
They have proved to me that teenagers are incredible, productive and wonderful and that you don’t have to be an adult or a male or rich to be incredibly successful and well respected. They have taught me how to grow up in my own way, how to create zines and the power of music. Trust me my music taste is in a better place thanks to these books and the incredible people who contribute to them.
I have learnt that success is based on happiness, and therefore if you are not happy you are not successful, and that sometimes it is more than okay to be alone. I now know that fashion isn’t just what is in the magazines, not to do things just because others are doing them and that no one but you can define your body. That it is okay not to be okay and that there are many ways to deal with difficult experiences, together. That the world is big and scary, but exciting and full of opportunities just the same. Finally, that we are all winners & that we are all loved.
A must have for any teenager or adult, male or female, it is an incredible collaboration of beautiful teenage minds. I would not be the person I am today without Rookie.
Love Holly x
(photo credit: rookiemag.com / screenshot)