Variety has been hard at work since February, when they first began discussing the contents for its Pride issue: There is a long string of new profiles — Indya Moore, Bowen Yang, Da Brat, who just came out in March, and of course Cara here — and interviews (accompanied by pared-down, socially distant photoshoots) with eight LGBTQ couples in the entertainment industry, like Greg Berlanti and Robbie Rogers, Kiersey Clemmons and her stunt double, George Takei and his husband, stylist Jason Bolden and his husband Adam, a music exec, and more. You can go here, to its Power of Pride page, and read to your heart’s content.
The 2019 cover was a group affair (Don Lemon, Hannah Gadsby, Jim Parsons, Billy Eichner, Asia Kate Dillon, MJ Rodriguez; the issue just won a Maggie Award). That obviously wasn’t on the table this time, given that Covid had already hit. I also wonder if it means the ability to print multiple covers was also hindered. It’s definitely understandable that they’d default to picking Cara Delevingne, a known name and a proven model who can easily rip off a cover photo from her own backyard (assuming that’s what happened — they have not actually said). Would it have looked too much like a boxy old TV Guide to get a couple more people on here too? Honest question. Probably. But I’d still love to have seen an Indya Moore version.
Cara’s piece is at least meaty (maybe that was the other governing factor). She talks about her Weinstein story, and shares a lot about her sexual confusion growing up and the fears she had about being open about it with her family — and what happened when she finally was. It concludes with this:
Delevingne also feels a kinship with her fans, who often remind her of herself when she was less certain about the future. Asked what message she’d share with them, she thinks about it, then says: “Pride to me is a sense of something that I never really had as a kid. A sense of pride is like a sense of belonging, a family outside your family, a place where you don’t have to apologize or feel ashamed. I guess I never felt like I belonged anywhere as a kid. Or I always felt like I didn’t belong in my own body. I felt so lost.”
She acknowledges that she can still feel that way, but she’s better equipped to handle it. “Once I could talk about my sexuality freely, I wasn’t hiding anything anymore,” Delevingne says. “And the person I hid it from the most was myself.”
Feels like a good place to conclude the post, too.