Amandla Stenberg looked amazing on the cover of ‘Teen Vogue’ on Jan. 7, but she did something even more amazing when she took over their Snapchat the same day: she came out as bisexual! See her heartfelt, brave confession here.
Amandla Stenberg is one very brave 17-year-old girl. The beautiful young Hunger Games star took over Teen Vogue’s Snapchat on Jan. 7 and admitted to the world that she’s bisexual. Later the same day she shared a very heartfelt video with more explanation on her Tumblr. Check it out here.
Amandla is one of the most outspoken young stars in Hollywood right now, and even she was afraid to come out as bisexual. Despite the worry, she took the opportunity during her Teen Vogue Snapchat takeover to share with her fans that she’s attracted to both men and women. The same day that her gorgeous cover for the magazine came out, she took to her Tumblr to share a longer video that goes into more detail about her sexuality, beginning with how hard it is to not be yourself.
“It’s a really, really hard thing to be silenced,” said Amandla, “and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in.” Which is why Amandla says she finally wanted to admit who she is inside to the public. “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.”
Luckily, Amandla says the strength of other black women taught her that it’s okay to be who you are, including Willow Smith, India Aire, and Solange Knowles. From these beautiful women, she learned that she, and every other woman, has “absolutely nothing to change” about themselves. “We cannot be suppressed,” explained Amandla. “We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow.”
Amandla expressed how truly grateful she is for everyone who stood by her while she showed her true colors. “Thank you for supporting me,” she said. “This is just the beginning, we have a lot of work to do.” Work that includes weeding out social attitudes that force people to hide who they are. “I’m sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia,” said Amandla. So are we, you go girl!
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