The Brit model joins West Side Story star Ariana DeBose and actress and singer Cynthia Erivo to talk about their experiences as part of the LGBTQIA+ community alongside a trio of special digital covers.
They are among the 12 LGBTQIA+ stars who cover British Vogue’s August Issue, celebrating 50 years of Pride in London.
Representing: Cara Delevingne has revealed the importance of representation in her industry as she stars on the cover of British Vogue
Cara appears on her solo cover in a wet t-shirt emblazoned with her name, layered under a Karl Lagerfeld metal body plate.
Speaking to the publication about the importance of representation for her in the industry, she explained: ‘People need to see people like them.’
‘It’s also important that in our industry, the entertainment industry, we are meant to be at the forefront of what is going on in the world, what people are and what we should be doing, which is leading.’
‘And to be leading, we need to represent all types of different people. Growing up, I didn’t really see many people like me. So I’m just really grateful to be able to be one of those people representing.’
Iconic: Cara is among 12 12 LGBTQIA+ stars on the cover (from left to right): Cara, Cynthia Erivo, Ariana DeBose, Jordan Barrett, Munroe Bergdorf, Sheerah Ravindren, Cameron Lee Phan, Aweng Chuol, Nathan Westling, Valentina Sampaio, Gottmik, Kai-Isaiah Jamal
Asked about her ‘coming out story’ she continued: ‘It’s hard to call it a coming out story, because I never really came out.’
‘It was more that I just decided to put my cards on the table and say look, I’m in love, I’m in love with who I’m in love with. It didn’t feel like I was making, you know, a conscious decision to be out.’
‘It just meant that I was done with being in the closet. I was done with being ashamed for who I loved and who I was. So for me it was more just being like, love is love, and we should be able to love who we want.’
Cynthia wows on her cover in a pair of bondage-inspired leather trousers and a shirt and tie, declaring that the consequences of her being out in the film industry ‘is that some young Black queer actress somewhere will know coming in that she’s not alone.’
The Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress added: ‘I could feel myself actively hiding that part of myself and it didn’t feel good.’
‘That takes a lot of energy to uphold and there is zero return. I felt like I was looking at my community be alive and vibrant from inside a glass box. I don’t want to watch from inside that glass box anymore…There’s not enough room in there and there is no ventilation!’
As a child attending Catholic school in London – where Erivo was born and raised by Nigerian parents – and growing up in a family where queerness wasn’t talked about. she said: ‘My closest friends have known this of me for a long time.’
Out and proud: Actress and singer Cynthia Erivo wows on her cover in a pair of bondage-inspired leather trousers and a shirt and tie
‘I feel like I knew it when I was around 15 but didn’t know what to call it. I didn’t have the vocabulary for it. I knew I was attracted to both men and women. I was attracted to people. I’d have a crush on this person or that person but didn’t know how to put it in words.’
Oscar winner Ariana DeBose looks incredible on her solo cover, rocking a white vest top and showing off her tattoos.
‘As a queer woman of colour I’ve been asked to be more urban, as if my brand of Blackness wasn’t quite Black enough,’ she said of her experience of being queer in her industry.
‘I think that’s interesting. I’ve also been asked to be more butch, which is not a bad thing. But sometimes you’d like to be able to bring your sheer humanity to a role. I don’t think roles for queer women have to always present in one specific way.’
The August issue of British Vogue is on sale from Tuesday 19th July.
Speaking out: West Side Story star Ariana DeBose speaks about her experience of being black and queer in her industry
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