Jane Hill: Cara Delevingne Is An Inspiration

Jane Hill, who is a gay BBC newscaster, has said that Cara Delevingne is one of her idols.

Jane was speaking with the Mail on Sunday, saying how when she was growing up as a lesbian woman, there was no one for her to look up to. But now, Jane thinks that celebrities like Cara mean that the new generation of lesbian and bisexual women won’t have this difficulty.

“When I was growing up, I had terrible struggles with who I was. It was hugely difficult for me. I didn’t know any lesbians. I didn’t see any gay women in the media in magazines. It wasn’t talked about. It wasn’t part of the conversation. I went through my 20s and 30s not being who I was and not feeling it was right for me to be able to be who I was. There was just one image of a lesbian, this tough clichéd image and it didn’t fit me. I really struggled and it took me a very long time to get here.”

“What I think is truly incredible is that I now look in a magazine and see Cara Delevingne, this beautiful model, just completely relaxed about who she is and not trying to hide it, not being secretive. For young girls growing up, this is incredible.”

“I went through my 20s and 30s not being who I was and not feeling it was right for me to be able to be who I was. There was just one image of a lesbian, this tough cliched image and it didn’t fit me. I really struggled and it took me a very long time to get here.”

I definitely think the sudden explosion of prominent LGBT figures into the media is going to be a huge help to many people, as well as the general spread of acceptance and love towards the community. Websites and pages dedicated to LGBT issues are more available than ever, and as a bisexual woman, I would have loved the access that people growing up today have to all these resources.

Check out the full interview with Jane, here.

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Gay BBC newscaster Jane Hill says that model Cara Delevingne is an inspiration.