Cara Delevingne just came out as pansexual – here's everything you need to know

Louis Staples
Thursday 04 June 2020 11:30
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Model and actress Cara Delevingne has publicly announced that she identifies as pansexual.

Speaking to Variety, she explained that she has previously avoided using labels to describe her sexuality and gender identity

The thing is with me, I change a lot.

I feel different all the time. Some days, I feel more womanly. Some days, I feel more like a man.

As for her sexuality, the 27-year-old said:

I always will remain, I think, pansexual.

However one defines themselves, whether it’s ‘they’ or ‘he’ or ‘she,’ I fall in love with the person — and that’s that. I’m attracted to the person.

Delevingne joins a host of celebrities and public figures who identify as pansexual, including drag star Courtney Act, Miley Cyrus and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran.

So what is pansexuality?

Put simply, someone who identifies as "pansexual" is attracted to people regardless of their sex or gender identity.

This is different to "bisexual", although definitions of the term are expanding quickly. While "bisexuality" has historically been thought to describe sexual attraction to "men" and "women" – and therefore exclude anyone who doesn't fit those descriptors – others have argued that it can describe someone who is attracted to someone who shares their gender identity, and someone that doesn't.

"Pansexuality", on the other hand, explicitly incorporates attraction to non-binary people. It's essentially a catch-all term, though critics of the "pansexual" label have warned that it could contribute to the erasure of bisexual identities and uphold biphobia.

On the other hand, there are commentators who feel that "bisexual" as a term is too exclusive and should be broadened out to incorporate those that identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming.

Delevingne feels that this label best describes her sexuality, and it's great she feels able to share that with the world.

Other public figures who have come out as pansexual include Janelle Monáe, Brandon Urie, Bella Thorne, Christine and the Queens and Joe Lycett.

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