Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games sidekick, 17-year-old Amandla Stenberg came out as bisexual through a Snapchat video.
The actress is Teen Vogue’s February cover girl and she took over their Snapchat video last Thursday.
While wearing a “Black Girls are Magic” sweater, Stenberg first thanked the magazine for representing black girls, saying that it is “deeply bruising” to “fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in.”
“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,” she said.
Stenberg also shared the video on her Twitter.
The Teen Vogue cover story was written by entertainer Solange Knowles and addressed Sternberg’s budding career in social justice activism.
“…I realized because of Solange and [director] Ava DuVernay and Willow [Smith] and all the black girls watching this right now, that there’s absolutely nothing to change,” Stenberg said in the video. “We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow.”
When Stenberg was cast in The Hunger Games as Rue, she was 12 years old.
“…people called me the N-word and said that the death of my character, Rue, would be less sad because I was black,” Stenberg said in her Teen Vogue interview. “That was the first moment I realized being black was such a crucial part of my identity in terms of the way that I was perceived and how it would affect any line of work that I wanted to pursue.”
Stenberg built her #BlackGirlMagic brand through social media and uses it to share messages of social consciousness.
“I really believe in the concept of rebellion through self-hood and rebellion just by embracing your true identity no matter what you’ve been told,” Stenberg said in her Snapchat video. “It’s definitely a process but I’m learning and growing.”
This week, Essence magazine released three covers for their February issue featuring different black women, actresses Teyonah Parris, Yara Shahidi and social justice activist Johnetta “Netta” Elzie with the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic.
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