Cara Delevingne on Her Bisexuality: ‘I Am Who I Am’

After a ‘Vogue’ article called her relationship with a woman ‘a phase,’ the budding star cleared up any confusion.

Cara Delevingne during an interview with Jimmy Fallon on July 6. (Photo: Douglas Gorenstein/NBCU via Getty Images)

Jul 17, 2015· 1 MIN READ
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

Known for thick eyebrows, beatboxing skills, and appearing in Taylor Swift music videos, model and actor Cara Delevingne acknowledges that she’s still discovering parts of herself, but one thing’s for sure: Being bisexual isn’t a fleeting chapter in her life.

“My sexuality is not a phase. I am who I am,” Delevingne said in an interview with The New York Times.

Clarifying that she is attracted to both men and women might seem unnecessary, but Vogue’s July profile on the 22-year-old indicates otherwise. After speaking with Delevingne about her role in the upcoming film Paper Towns, her modeling career, and her relationship with musician Annie Clark—better known as St. VincentVogue writer Rob Haskell went on to speculate that her interest in women might be a passing fad.

“Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct,” Haskell writes. He goes on to hypothesize that Delevingne’s relationship with her mother, who, as Haskell also points out, has long battled heroin abuse, might be connected to her interest in women: “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.”

Delevingne told the Times she found “nothing malicious” in the article, but the more than 20,000 people who signed a petition asking for an apology from Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour felt otherwise.

So, Why Should You Care? Insisting that bisexual people are “confused” is a common misconception about this subset of the LGBT community. The label not only invalidates bisexual individuals' sexuality and part of their identity but leaves the community disproportionately closeted. While more than 70 percent of both gay men and women were out to the most significant people in their lives, only 28 percent of bisexual people revealed their orientation, according to a 2013 Pew Research survey.

Feeling forced to hide their identity, bisexual women report higher rates of depression and anxiety disorders than lesbian and heterosexual women, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

While Delevingne found the Internet uproar on her behalf flattering, she seems unfazed by Haskell's remarks. As she told Vogue in the first place: “Being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I’m feeling so happy with who I am these days.”