In celebration of her new Teen Vogue cover, 17-year-old Amandla Stenberg took over the Teen Vogue Snapchat yesterday where she revealed that she identifies as a ‘black, bisexual, woman.’
“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,” she says in the video.
“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…but then I realized because of Solange and Ava DuVernay and Willow and all the black girls watching this right now, that there’s absolutely nothing to change.”
Amandla signed off with a few words of wisdom for anyone who need a little encouragement:
“We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow…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.”
Watch the video below. Also, if you haven’t checked out Amandla’s Teen Vogue cover story (she was interviewed by Solange!) click here.