Amandla Stenberg comes out as bisexual on Snapchat
“Its a really really hard thing to be silenced,” Stenberg said in the snap, “And its deeply bruising to fight against your identity and just mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldnt be in.As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, Ive been through it, and it hurts and its awkward and its uncomfortable.”
The teen starwho was chosen as one of the Daily Dot’s 20 Under 20 in Decemberalso posted the snap to her Tumblr, tagging the post “hello” and “I’m very bisexual.”
Stenberg has quickly risen as a social media star due to her bold videos that attack cultural appropriation and racism. In one April video, titled “Don’t cash crop my cornrows,” Stenberg dismantled fashion and celebrity trends that appropriated black hairstyles and other features such as “grills.”
Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed high fashion, cool, or funny when the privileged take it for themselves. Appropriation occurs when the appropriate is not aware of the deep significance of the culture theyre partaking in.
Stenberg has been quick to weigh in when celebs like Kylie Jenner wade into appropriation waters. In July, after Jenner posted an Instagram pic of herself wearing the black hairstyle, Stenberg criticized the move using the sarcastic hashtag, #whitegirlsdoitbetter.
As if being a strong, outspoken cultural critic wasn’t enough, Stenberg has now also established herself as an ambassador for young LGBT people of color.
After a heartfelt message dedicated to “Solange and Ava Duvernay and Willow and all the black girls watching this right now,” the actress and activist announced a fierce commitment to making Hollywood more inclusive. And if her career thus far is any indication, the 17-year-old has big things in store.
“This is just the beginning, though; we have a lot of work to do for all women of color,” said Stenberg in the Teen Vogue snap. “We need more representation in film and television. We need our voices to be louder in the media.”
“And not just women of colorbisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women. Im sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are too. Thank you for listening and goodnight,” Stenberg said as she signed off.
Illustration via Tiffany Pai | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III