Cara Delevingne Reveals Learning About Gender Fluidity Was a 'Breakthrough Moment'

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Cara Delevingne attends the European film premiere of 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' in London on  July 24, 2017. 

Actress and model Cara Delevingne has been an out and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community for years. Now, the actress has spoken about the learning process when it comes to gender fluidity, and how it informs her own happiness.

Delevingne said in a new cover story for British Vogue that her life can be measured in “milestones; times in my life and lessons I’ve learnt that have made me who I am.” One of those milestones, according to the Suicide Squad actress, was discovering that gender was non-binary. “When I first realized that gender is so much more fluid than ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ it was a breakthrough moment for me," she said.

The model added that the stories we’re told as children, including and especially the ideas of love and relationships that we form at an early age, are simply stories. “Here’s a secret for you,” she said. “You know those fairytales and romantic comedies we are brought up watching? They’re not real.”

Delevingne started speaking about her bisexuality back in 2015, when Vogue printed a story suggesting her sexuality could be a phase. But Delevingne clarified to The New York Times that this was not the case. “My sexuality is not a phase,” she said. “I am who I am.”

In her new cover story, Delevingne added that part of the process of becoming a happier, healthier version of yourself is about learning to accept your imperfections. “The cracks and flaws are the things that people try and hide away,” she said. “But those are the things that make us who we are.”