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Editor’s Letter

November 2011: Girl Gang

Welcome to the third issue of Rookie! Our theme is Girl Gang. We will be talking about girl bands, actual girl gangs, and all the nuances of friendship that for some reason are so specific to girls, especially of the teenaged age. Togetherness! Rivalry! Bracelets!

Below is the sloppy inspiration board I made for this month, and here is the polished version that will actually show you a little bit of what you’ll be seeing later.

Basically, Powerpuff Girls and Jawbreaker colors, girl groups of the ’50s and ’60s, cat-eye makeup, and general badassery.

The Rookie girl gang (plus Joe) isn’t a bad crew to be a part of. When Rookie was but a tiny sperm in the uterus of my mind (sorry), the New York staff plus myself all had a “meeting” which quickly devolved/evolved into sitting around eating pizza and talking about how much we love Joan Rivers for four hours. Some of our rituals include Anaheed and me texting each other poop Emojis, Anaheed asking over chat that I send her a virtual pizza while I insist on a toilet because I don’t feel like getting up, and Anaheed bugging me to finish this editor’s letter while I ask why I still don’t have that toilet I asked for. Aren’t we a quirky, zany, wacky, loving bunch?

It’s not too late to send in your own girl gang photo to submissions@rookiemag.com, either. Here’s mine, from when we saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow performance in the summer. I’m the one who looks like Anaheed still has not gotten her that toilet.

And so on and so forth. I’m so happy you’re still here! This shall be a good month.

Alrighty, let’s do this.

On Wednesdays, we wear pink.



  • puffytoad November 1st, 2011 3:06 PM

    I see what you did there at the end.

  • Laia November 1st, 2011 3:41 PM

    this is gonna be the BEST month YET!

  • timelady November 1st, 2011 4:06 PM

    “Get in loser, we’re going shopping.” Ah, Mean Girls. It’s one of the most quote-able films ever. (It came from Tina Fey’s brain, so, duh)

  • Madeleine November 1st, 2011 4:14 PM

    Hi Tavi,

    I saw Rookie in New York magazine in a sidebar to “The Rebirth of the Feminist Manifesto.”

    You (and Rookie) are the best!

  • Cosmo Beatrix November 1st, 2011 4:38 PM

    wooooooo! i so agree

    i lol’d at the end as a flickr of terror sparked when i thought it was genuine and suddenly thought i wouldn’t have anything nice that’s pink to wear. no joke. this is how devoted i am!

  • Marguerite November 1st, 2011 4:54 PM

    hehehe PowerPuff Girls! I’m so excited for this month! Rookie keeps on getting better and BETTER! :D

  • Jamie November 1st, 2011 6:14 PM


  • darksideoftherainbow November 1st, 2011 7:05 PM

    i’m suuuper excited for this month!!!

  • Leila November 1st, 2011 7:38 PM

    Congrats on two months of pure awesomeness!

  • November 1st, 2011 8:36 PM

    Just did a search on Yahoo to find a ‘Mean Girls’ quote that I could respond with. My seearching skills have never been great, so this isn’t from the actual movie, but I thought it was pretty good anyway (spell-checker you have a rival)!

    “…my face is starting to fill out what does this mean? Girls …”

  • therestar November 1st, 2011 8:36 PM

    I always wear pink on Wednesdays?

  • Chimdi November 1st, 2011 11:26 PM

    you guys better talk about the Dum Dum Girls…

    • Anaheed November 2nd, 2011 3:52 AM

      ON IT.

    • arriving November 3rd, 2011 5:17 PM

      i will see your bet of the dum dum girls and raise you the vivian girls. . .

  • Erica November 2nd, 2011 12:59 AM

    im SO excited!!!!

  • loony November 2nd, 2011 12:39 PM

    sounds great!

  • Aine November 2nd, 2011 5:06 PM

    Please tell me you are going to talk about Gotham Girls. PLEASE.

  • Pashupati November 3rd, 2011 7:49 PM

    “Rookie girls’ party gang” :)

  • karysrhiann November 4th, 2011 5:23 PM

    Something I thought you guys would love, very relevant to this month’s theme! http://portable.tv/loves/post/michal-pudelkas-tribal-women/

  • OlyGirl_LAWorld November 5th, 2011 3:26 PM

    Sailor Moon!! Sailor Moon!!! Probably my favorite crime-fighting girl gang of all.