Vogue slammed for asking if Cara Delevingne’s sexuality is ‘a phase’
Vogue magazine has been heavily criticised and is the subject of a campaign to force an apology after an interview with model Cara Delevingne which seemed to suggest her sexuality was “a phase”.
The Paper Towns actress has previously avoided discussing her relationships, but in an interview with Vogue, she talked about struggling with her sexuality while growing up.
She said: “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.”
She went on to discuss dating both men and women.
But while the interview carried a positive message overall, it contained the line: “Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct.”
The magazine is now the subject of a petition which calls for an apology.
At time of publication it had been signed by over 17,000 people.
The author of the petition Julie Rodriguez writes; “As a bisexual woman myself, I’ve experienced hurtful comments like this many times.”
“People are quick to assume queer women’s identities are a ‘phase’ and to refuse to recognize the important relationships in their lives — an attitude which can cause depression, result in families rejecting their daughters and even put young women at risk of suicide. Vogue should have taken this opportunity to combat negative stereotypes, not reinforce them. We should be applauding Cara for coming out as queer, and being open about her relationships with men and women.”