Cara Delevingne is a force to be reckoned with. A busy modeling career launched her into fame, but she recently quit to dive deeper into her true passion: acting. After a small debut in 2012's Anna Karenina, she's landed lead roles in movies such as Paper Towns, Suicide Squad and the upcoming Valerian. But aside from Delevingne's career, she is known for her individuality and being open about who she is — a trait that continues to inspire tons of fans.
Many women identified with Delevingne when she came out as bisexual in 2015, and the actress remains outspoken and proud about it since. Delevingne's openness on her sexuality is important, as it brings forth normalization for the #LGBT community and reminds the world that we're visible.
Delevingne Acknowledges That Sexuality Has Become Easier To Discuss Today
Striving for acceptance of the queer community will always remain fundamental, but it's no secret that the conversation about sexuality has changed over the years, especially for teens. Delevingne told Glamour that coming out at 22 feels old to her now, but she's glad that kids feel strong enough to come out at a younger age:
"I know 13- and 15-year-old girls who are like, 'I don’t know if I like a boy or a girl yet. I haven’t decided.' And it’s like—[imagine] if I was able to comprehend [that at their age]. I am very happy how sexuality has become easier and freer to talk about, especially for kids."
Delevingne is right — it's remarkable that more kids have began to feel free enough to express who they are; coming out takes a lot of courage.
Not Enough People Understand The Actress's Sexual Fluidity
Sexuality is a broad spectrum, but many people automatically assume that a person can only be gay or straight, nothing in between. Candidly, Delevingne admits that people constantly assume her sexuality, even her friends:
"A lot of the friends I have who are straight have such an old way of thinking. It’s 'So you’re just gay, right?' [They] don’t understand it. [If] I’m like, 'Oh, I really like this guy,' [they’re like], 'But you’re gay.' I’m like, 'No, you’re so annoying!'…. Someone is in a relationship with a girl one minute, or a boy is in a relationship with a boy, I don’t want them to be pigeonholed. Imagine if I got married to a man. Would people be like — 'She lied to us!' It’s like, no."
Delevingne's experience sounds a lot like bisexual erasure, which is when the existence or validity of one's bisexuality is disputed. Since it's a prevalent problem that exists both in and out of the LGBT community, voices like Cara Delevingne's are important to hear in media. She proves to the world that, yes, bisexuals exist and will always be valid.
Closing out her Glamour interview, the liberated actress expressed that she's happy living life and not knowing what the future awaits. There's no doubt that she'll continue to radiate confidence and be her authentic, empowered self, and I have the utmost respect for that.
Look out for Cara Delevingne's upcoming movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which premieres July 21.
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