Elle UK magazine is printing four different covers of its prestigious Rise of the Rebel September issue, and we are happy to report that the LGBT community is very well represented this year!
Amandla Stenberg, who is bisexual, is featured on one of the September covers. Stenberg is the 17-year-old American actress probably best known for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games and for her portrayal of Cateleya in Colombiana. She frequently speaks on race and sexuality through social media, she has become somewhat of a recent spokesperson for young black girls, and just last year she was awarded “Feminist of the Year” by Ms. Foundation for Women.
She recently explained on Tumblr that “I cannot separate my gender from my race from my sexual orientation. They’re all interconnected and they’re all intersectional.” And earlier this year, Stenberg told Teen Vogue: “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.”
In addition to Stenberg, Hari Nef is also featured on one of the Elle covers for September. You may remember Nef, an American transgender model, from her appearance in the second season of the award winning show Transparent. Last year, Nef acknowledged there seems to be a fascination with her body and told Good magazine: “I feel like selling sex permeates all trans women professionals.” She also spoke about how proud she is to be trans in Interview magazine. “If you are trans and/or gender nonconforming, your (way of) life persists as a question in frequent need of answering. To answer the question with love and confidence—over and over—is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Trans is tough, but it’s beautiful.”
This is not the first time Elle has featured a transgender woman; a few years ago, its Serbian magazine had model Andreja Pejic on its cover. The other two September issues will have Kristen Stewart and Zayn Malik on its covers. Kudos to Elle for remaining progressive and continuing to support the community.