Actors Amandla Stenberg and Kristen Stewart will be featured on two of the covers, and transgender model Hari Nerf will feature on a third. The fourth spot will be taken by former One Direction star Zayn Malik.
Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg came out as nonbinary in a conversation that unfolded on Tumblr, in which Stenberg expressed that gender neutral “they/them” pronouns are more comfortable, but that “she/her” is preferred in public contexts for now. She also talked about identifying as bisexual in a snap chat for Teen Vogue:
It’s a really really hard thing to be silenced and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in…Here I am being myself and it’s definitely hard and vulnerable and it’s definitely a process but I’m learning and I’m growing.
Kristen Stewart addressed rumors about her sexuality in a conversation with Nylon after a photo emerged of her holding hands with then-girlfriend Alicia Cargile. The Twilight star, like many millenials, identifies as something other than straight, but prefers to eschew labels:
Google me, I’m not hiding… I think in three or four year, there are going to be a whole lot more people who don’t think it’s necessary to figure out if you’re gay or straight. It’s like, just do your thing.
Hari Nef was the first openly transgender model signed to
the IMG Worldwide and stars in the Amazon original series “Transparent” as one of the characters’ trans ancestors. She talked to Vogue about modeling from the start of her transition and not emulating feminine stereotypes:
Insisting on perhaps a more gender ambiguous or barefaced or subtle femininity as a trans woman has opened me up to certain dangers and rejection.
There’s also confusion from cisgender folks. It’s like, ‘Girl, you should be doing everything you can to be femme. Why aren’t you? If you went a little harder for this, people really wouldn’t clock you! You could really get straight men!’
While Zayn Malik expressed appreciation for LGBTQ fans in an interview with Out:
If guys find me attractive, then that’s a cool thing as well. It’s sick. It’s a compliment. I’m blessed by whoever was up there to be who I am and be able to do what I do. I genuinely mean that.
Check out the covers below:
1/ Rise Of The Rebel – Kristen Stewart: The Hollywood Non-Conformist
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