As her 14 million Instagram followers would likely agree, Cara Delevingne is not an especially private person. But the "Paper Towns" star got really, really open in her July 2015 U.S. Vogue cover story, discussing everything from her tumultuous childhood, to her waning interest in modeling, to her sexuality and relationship with musician Annie Clark.
It was the way writer Rob Haskell framed the latter that has some members of the LGBT community in an uproar. He writes (our emphasis):
"Cara says she felt confused by her sexuality as a child, and the possibility of being gay frightened her. '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 explains. 'But I have erotic dreams only about men. I had one two nights ago where I went up to a guy in the back of a VW minivan, with a bunch of his friends around him, and pretty much jumped him.' Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct. 'Women are what completely inspire me, and they have also been my downfall. I have only been hurt by women, my mother first of all.'
'The thing is,' she continues, 'if I ever found a guy I could fall in love with, I’d want to marry him and have his children. And that scares me to death because I think I’m a whole bunch of crazy, and I always worry that a guy will walk away once he really, truly knows me.' When I suggest to Cara that to trust a man, she might have to revise an old and stubborn idea of hers—that women are perennially troubled and therefore only women will accept her—her smile says she concedes the point.
This prompted Julie Rodriguez to start a petition on Care2 asking Vogue to apologize for characterizing Delevingne’s relationships with women as a “phase.”
“The idea that queer women only form relationships with other women as a result of childhood trauma is a harmful (and false) stereotype that lesbian and bisexual women have been combating for decades,” writes Rodriguez. “How could Vogue’s editorial staff greenlight this article and publish it without anyone raising concerns about this dismissive and demeaning language?” She adds that the magazine should have "taken this opportunity to combat negative stereotypes, not reinforce them."
The petition currently has more than 12,000 signatures and counting, as well as many personal comments about why being gay is not a phase, why it's important that it not be described as such, and how offensive and dismissive they felt Haskell's comments were. You can find them here.
Delevingne hasn't yet said anything on the matter, but has proven in the past that she is not above lashing out at Vogue for misrepresenting her. A rep for Vogue declined to comment.
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