Bisexuality is a word that seems to be hushed in Hollywood circles: there aren’t many out bisexuals, and they cover it up by dancing around the term. In contrast, Cara Delevingne not only embraces the word, but she’s not afraid to talk about it.
With her new movie Paper Towns about to be released on July 24, and having a much sought-after role in the upcoming Suicide Squad, Cara Delevingne is the “it girl” of the moment, and in a recent Vogue cover article, she openly proclaimed her sexuality.
In the interview, she talks about her girlfriend Annie Clark, better known as artist St. Vincent. She says, “I think that being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I’m feeling so happy with who I am these days. And for those words to come out of my mouth is actually a miracle.”
The supermodel-cum-singer-cum-actress also seems to be the toast of the town right now: her Instagram boasts twice the followers of Lady Gaga.
Delevingne goes on to talk about what it was dealing with her sexuality as a child, admitting to being afraid of the possibility of being gay. She explains, “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.”
However, she also admits that she would dream about men as well. She goes on to elaborate, “I have erotic dreams only about men. I had one two nights ago where I went up to a guy in the back of a VW minivan, with a bunch of his friends around him, and pretty much jumped him.” She also talks about if she ever met the “right guy,” and wanting to have a family.
Vogue, meanwhile, speculates that being bisexual is temporary. After Cara’s revelation, interviewer Rob Haskell writes, “Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct.”
He goes on to double down on the insinuation that her dating women is just a phase, making the article sound more homophobic and perpetuating bisexual erasure. Later on in the article, he writes, “When I suggest to Cara that to trust a man, she might have to revise an old and stubborn idea of hers — that women are perennially troubled and therefore only women will accept her — her smile says she concedes the point.”
That one sentence has started a torrent of responses pointing out that bisexuality isn’t a phase. Lane Moore of Cosmopolitan.com wrote an op-ed response to the article that reads in part, “So her smiling at you belittling her sexual identity and her love for her current girlfriend must mean, ‘Yes, you’re right completely’? Doubtful. I’d wager that her smile more likely meant, ‘You’re a homophobic moron. Fuck off.’”
The article has been deemed as problematic by many. Additionally, a quick Google search shows a study from 2008 that claims that not only is bisexuality real, but it’s not just an experimental phase.
Vogue has started such a wildfire that an ongoing petition to tell the magazine “being LGBT isn’t a ‘phase’!” currently has over 22,000 signatures.
As for Delevingne, her stance is clear. When the New York Times did a profile on her for Paper Towns earlier in July she told them, “My sexuality is not a phase. I am who I am.”