Vogue under fire for labelling Cara Delevingne's bisexuality a 'phase'
Published 26/06/2015 | 10:08
Vogue magazine is in hot water with the LGBT community over labelling cover star Cara Delevingne's bisexuality "just a phase".
The British supermodel, who is dating singer St Vincent, features on the cover of the style bible this month, where writer Rob Haskell offended many readers while describing her sexuality.
"Cara says she felt confused by her sexuality as a child, and the possibility of being gay frightened her... Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct.
"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."
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Delevingne previously dated actress Michelle Rodriguez and while has never candidly discussed her personal relationships, only saying last year after her Rodriguez romance: "People can say what they want, but I’m having a good time. I know what people are doing who are my age; I just think it would be a lie to pretend that I’m not having a good time."
A petition is now circulating for Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour to issue an apology to the LGBT community for the "offensive" interview.
"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," Julie Rodriguez, who created the petition, wrote.
"How could Vogue’s editorial staff greenlight this article and publish it without anyone raising concerns about this dismissive and demeaning language?
"Vogue should have taken this opportunity to combat negative stereotypes, not reinforce them."