Cara Delevingne insists it’s ‘all of our jobs’ to fight for women’s and trans rights
Model Cara Delevingne has posed topless for British Vogue, stating it is “all of our jobs” to stand up for women’s and trans rights.
The 29-year-old model posed for Vogue‘s Pride issue alongside 11 other LGBTQ+ creatives including trans activist Munroe Bergdorf and Oscar-winning actress Ariana DeBose. The piece itself was written by trailblazing trans journalist Paris Lees.
Delevingne wore a metal corset for the Pride issues, which she said taking part in gave her a “very different sense of elatedness”.
“Trans rights, women’s rights – they’re all human rights,” Delevingne said in the interview.
“This isn’t about, ‘Oh, it’s not my job because I’m not part of the community.’ It’s all of our jobs to stand up for each other.”
Cara Delevingne added in a video for Vogue‘s Pride edition that she “didn’t really see many people like me” growing up.
“I’m just really grateful to be able to be one of those people representing,” she said.
“I never really came out. It was more that I just decided that I was done with being in the closet, I was done with being ashamed for who I loved and who I was.”
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The piece covered current issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, everything from Florida’s cruel “Don’t Say Gay” bill passed in March to the UK plummeting down the ranking of LGBTQ-friendly countries in Europe, partly due to delays in banning conversion therapy.
Valentina Sampaio, the first trans model to appear on Vogue Paris‘ cover in 2017, also drew attention to her home country of Brazil, claiming it is “the country with the highest rate of transgender murders in the world”, and that transphobia is a global problem.
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Bergdorf said in the feature: “I feel very hopeless about the structure of government and how easily people can get into power.
“I’ve got to hope things can change. It’s tough, but I do think that as awful as things are now politically, the consciousness of the country is heading in the right way.”
DeBose added: “I’m very aware of the importance of allyship right now.
“I don’t believe this is a fight we can win on our own. Historically, any time we’ve made gains as a community is because we’ve had the support of others.
“This is the time, because if they’re going to come after my rights, one way or another they’re coming for yours too.”