Cara Delevingne’s Been Out All This Time, She Just Never Said So
The Debrief: Cara’s not put labels on her sexuality, and hopefully one day we won’t just presume everyone’s straight unless they say otherwise…
The image of a slim, pretty-pretty blonde model from a posho family doesn’t quite blend with an image of ‘whatevs’ sexual orientation. But Cara Delevingne’s sexuality – she’s dated guys and girls, but doesn’t put a label on herself - doesn’t fit into the stereotypical mould given her.
The model, who’s also branching out into acting and singing, and has recently said that being with girlfriend, singer St Vincent, has made her the happiest she’s ever been, told the Daily Mail Australia: ‘I’ve been pretty open about myself from the beginning. I think it’s wonderful that you know, it’s being accepted more and more.
‘And I think everyone has a right to be whoever they want to be. So I’m just very happy.’
This might irk all those queer people out there who’ve ‘known’ about Cara’s sexuality all along, who might speculate that she might have been made to cover it up until she got famous enough to get away with coming out. But, even if that was the case, her saying this now hardly gets in the way of the fashion/film/music industries progressing to a point to being as favourable to queer women as it is to queer men. Cara has, in her own little way, undone what’s expected of world-famous high earning models-turned-whatevers, because her success doesn't seem to be dependent legions of horny men finding her sexually available.
By saying that sexuality is there all along and doesn’t need some grand coming out to be legitimised, Cara has also confirmed our sneaking suspicion that, one day, in a world where calling someone gay is no longer an insult, we won’t all assume that someone is straight unless they say otherwise. It’s a bit tiresome to expect celebrities or people in the public eye or even just normal humans to do solemn sit-downs with their nearest and dearest to explain their sexual desires. While queer people might not have the same rights as straight people, showing that you’re different and proud can be powerful, but imagine the pressure on LGB people to come out and be role models for something they just… feel? In an ideal world, it really wouldn’t matter, because being LGB would be just as socially acceptable as being straight. Oh
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