On her blog, the petite style influencer sounded off: "The Bloggers vs. Editors! thing is tired. If there was a real competition, editors wouldn't be willing to give bloggers press. Blogs and magazines are good for different things; it's like comparing apples with oranges. Collaboration, not competition. Always!"
Then yesterday, the teen reaffirmed her stance at a panel on "The Future of Fashion Blogging" hosted by the IndependentFashionBloggers.org at the Evolving Influence conference. "A lot of it is kind of made-up," she stated.
As for all the drama over her hat's giant bow blocking the views of fellow show attendees at a recent Paris runway presentation? "I thought it was a kind of joke, but suddenly it's bloggers versus editors, which side are you on?," Tavi said to the packed audience. "It's a waste of space!"
The teenage blogging sensation points to the evolution of technology, while flexing both her fashion knowledge and age bracket. "Nick Knight started ShowSTUDIO a decade ago. And I remember seeing this Lindsay Lohan Disney channel show and she was chatting on a video phone and now you don't have to be a spy on the Disney channel to do it."
And the rest of the panel, including fashion enthusiast Bryan Boy (Marc Jacobs is a fan) and Brit blogger Susanna Lau (aka Susie Bubble), agreed that the debate is getting old.
Susie, whose blog Style Bubble draws in close to 87,000 visitors worldwide a month, stated bluntly, "People should get on with it."
But the packed crowd, many of them dressed in wacky, eye-catching outfits, were more interested in the secrets to Tavi's success. (Hey, seasoned journalists would kill for her contributing gigs at Pop and Harper's Bazaar.)
Tavi thinks a big part of it is about a point of view, but is also careful to not go out of her way to please everybody. "There's always someone who will love "Seinfeld" or dead dolls or Prada," the pint-size pundit told the audience.
Whereas Bryan Boy was proud of his live-eat-breathe fashion work ethic. "I'm online 18 hours a day. I'm serious. I don't sleep," the Philippines-based blogger said behind a futuristic, sci-fi pair of shades. On why he devotes all his time to fashion blogging, Bryan was upfront.
"I'm an attention whore," he confessed. It's fun!"
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