Cara Delevingne Responds To 'Vogue' Controversy Regarding Her Sexuality, Says "I Am Who I Am"
American fashion bible Vogue has been simmering in the media's hot seat recently after the mag's Rob Haskell labeled model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne's bisexuality a "phase" in the print edition of their interview. Um, what? During a recent interview with The New York Times, though, Delevingne has finally responded to Vogue' s comments about her relationship with girlfriend St. Vincent like a pro, stating "My sexuality is not a phase. I am who I am." Preach, girl.
I, among others, certainly expected better from the prestigious fashion glossy. To characterize a person's bisexuality as "a phase" is just plain ignorance, and that kind of comment coming from a publication who represents one of the few industries that is actively pro-LGBT will probably set them back a few subscribers, and understandably so. The controversy has even sparked a petition from readers asking the magazine to apologize publicly for its mistake.
Delevingne, who is particularly outspoken about her sexuality in general, really opened up about her relationship to Vogue during her July cover interview, expressing that she believes "being in love [with my girlfriend] is a big part of why I'm feeling so happy with who I am these days. It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it."
What is immensely upsetting about Haskell's remark is that, despite Delevingne's honesty and the fact that she sounds extremely confident and proud of her relationship and the positive effects it has had on her life, the seemingly brushed it off as if it were some sort of middle school crush.
Delevingne has publicly come out as a bisexual woman and clearly knows exactly who she is, so it's certainly not Vogue's place to prescribe things about her identity.
Below are reactions from fans of the Paper Towns actress and members of the LGBT community regarding to her interview with Vogue.
Bustle has reached out to Vogue for comment and will update if they respond.
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