A popular star from the Hunger Games film series has come out as bisexual.
Amandla Stenberg, known for her emotional portrayal of Rue in the Hunger Games, took over the Teen Vogue Snapchat on Friday night.
The 17-year-old appears on the magazine, and gave an interview to Solange Knowles.
“There’s a secret language between black girls destined to move mountains and cross rivers when the world sometimes tells you to belong to the valleys that surround you. You feel it like a rhythm you can’t shake if you even dared to quiet the sounds around you. Amandla (@amandlastenberg) knows it all too well. So here we are, connecting as non conforming black gals. Connecting as girls who recognize the borders that have been built around us, but tearing them down while coloring outside every line.” – soul healing honey mama Solange (@saintrecords) I think that when you’re a black girl and you grow up you internalize all these messages. Everywhere you look tells you that you shouldn’t accept your hair, or your natural features, or that you shouldn’t have a voice, or that you aren’t smart. In terms of my evolution I think those internalized messages built up in my mind until I was given the tools to recognize the situation. And understand that no, there’s nothing wrong with me, these are just that these are just messages that we’re fed. I feel like the best way to deal with that has been just to be myself and connect with all these other black girls who are awakening and realizing that they’ve been trying to conform; and the only way to fight that is to be themselves on the most genuine level. My undying gratitude to @teenvogue for giving me the opportunity to be myself. All of my love to all of you for giving me the confidence to be genuine. Our soul baring is our power. #RepresentationMatters #blackgirlmagic
In the Snapchat, she praised the magazine for featuring her, saying she was proud to be visible to young black and bisexual women.
She said: “It’s a really really hard thing to be silenced. And it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and just mould yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in.
“As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I’ve been through it, and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable.”
Stenberg also posted the snap to her Tumblr page, tagging it with “I’m very bisexual”.
Last summer, Jaden Smith – the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith – wore a white dress when attending his school prom with actress Stenberg.
Stenberg tweeted snaps of the two before their prom, tagging the photo simply as “prom”.
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