Cara Delevingne Responds To ‘Vogue’ Controversy: ‘My Sexuality Is Not A Phase’

Cara Delevingne isn’t one to let an inaccuracy go unchallenged, especially when the matter at hand concerns her identity as an independent-minded and self-confident woman. In a June interview with Vogue, the supermodel-turned-actress candidly discussed her intimate relationship with female recording artist St. Vincent. But many readers, including Delevingne herself, took issue with writer Rob Haskell’s treatment of the subject. According to People Magazine, the Vogue story was the first time Cara publicly spoke about her sexuality.

In the Vogue piece, Haskell cites a discussion with Cara’s parents in which they expressed uncertainty regarding Delevingne’s decision to self-identify as bisexual. But he also went one step further, seemingly giving credence to their appraisal of Delevingne’s romantic involvements.

“Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct.”

The New York Times noted that backlash followed the publication of the Vogue piece, including an online petition protesting Haskell’s choice of words. Delevingne recently addressed the controversy directly, noting that while she didn’t find the article to be malicious, she clearly asserted her feelings regarding her own sexuality.

“My sexuality is not a phase. I am who I am.”

In fact, Cara’s position was no less certain what she expressed in the original Vogue piece, in which she noted that she came to terms with her bisexuality when she fell in love with another woman at the age of 20. She also noted that she would be happy to fall in love with a man and have children someday.

Delevingne also spoke in favor of marriage equality and acceptance at a red carpet event in Sydney, telling Daily Mail Australia, “I think everyone has a right to be whoever they want to be.”

Cara Delevingne, who was once best-known as a model for Burberry, will appear in a leading role in the forthcoming film Paper Towns, which is an adaptation of a bestselling novel by John Greene. But the lion’s share of buzz around Delevingne’s acting career concerns her casting as Enchantress in the much-anticipated blockbuster movie Suicide Squad.

Although Rob Haskell and the editors of Vogue effectively implied that Delevingne is somewhat confused regarding her own identity, the young celebrity seems secure in following a path that adheres to the Ancient Greek maxim, “Know thyself.” Indeed, a keen sense of self-awareness already appears to have helped her in a myriad of personal and professional achievements thus far, and it appears that many more will follow in the coming years.

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