Cara Delevingne On How Watching Disney Princess Movies Led to Her Struggles With Sexuality

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Cara Delevingne attends the Christian Dior show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 on Feb. 27, 2018 in Paris.

Actress and model Cara Delevingne has been speaking up about her sexual fluidity since as early as 2014, making it clear that she is simply attracted to people, not men or women specifically. But in a new interview, the star revealed why she wasn’t always comfortable with that fact.

Chatting with RuPaul Charles and Michelle Visage on their podcast What’s the Tee, Delevingne said that growing up, she watched Disney movies constantly and found herself wanting to identify with the princesses in the films. “I learnt so many lessons from that — from Disney and that kind of fairytale thing," she said.

But the star also revealed that her love of Disney came at a personal cost — as she began to realize her sexual fluidity, she looked to the Disney princesses as role models. “I never really wanted to accept my sexuality," she said. “I was like, 'Disney princesses all love men. That's the way it is, and I'm not going to be a princess if I don't...’ you know what I mean?”   

RuPaul then steered the discussion toward sexual fluidity, asserting that “we’re all really fluid. We are all everything.” Visage also added that Disney could help a lot of queer children by including LGBTQ characters in their films. “They could make a big difference in this world if did either a queer character or a gender-fluid one.”

Delevingne, who will appear on tonight’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race as a guest judge, said that she had hope, recounting a story of how she recently watched an episode of the reality show with her very young cousins. “It’s really important for them to understand about being gay and fluidity,” she said. “A lot more now, it’s accepted.”

Listen to Delevingne’s full interview on RuPaul: What’s the Tee with Michelle Visage below: