Cara Delevingne, Cynthia Erivo & More LGBTQ Stars Cover ‘British Vogue’ Pride Issue

British Vogue celebrates Pride in a big way.

This week, the magazine unveiled its new August cover, featuring an all-star lineup of LGBTQ actors, artists, models and activists.

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Actor and model Cara Delevingne, actor, singer and producer Cynthia Erivo, Oscar-winning actor, singer and dancer Ariana DeBose, model Jordan Barrett, model and activist Munroe Bergdorf, model and activist Sheerah Ravindren, actor and artist Cameron Lee Phan, models Aweng Chuol, Nathan Westling and Valentina Sampaio, drag artist Gottmik and poet, model and trans-visibility activist Kai-Isaiah Jamal.

Cara Delevingne – Photo: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for British Vogue
Cara Delevingne – Photo: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for British Vogue

On why this shoot was more meaningful than most, Delevingne says, “I arrived today with a very different sense of elation. It’s so different and it’s so much fun.”

Erivo, meanwhile, shares while it took her a long time to share publicly that she’s bisexual, explaining that many LGBTQ people “still feel the need to constantly justify why we deserve to be treated as equals.” , when really the only difference is that we love differently and we express ourselves differently.”

She adds: “Instead of being punished for it, we should be praised for being brave. That’s the most important thing: giving people the space to fully show who they are.”

Talking about the recent spate of anti-trans backlash in the UK and whether it might make sense to leave the country, Kai-Isaiah admits: “This is kind of where I am, especially when transgender fluid is a place of not wanting to hold onto or conform, but also want to survive.”

Munroe Bergdorf added: “I feel very hopeless about the structure of government and how easy it is for people to come to power. I have hope that things can change. I do think that as terrible as things are politically now, the consciousness of the country is moving in the right direction.”

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Trans rights are also paramount to DeBose, explaining: “I’m very aware of the importance of alliance right now. I don’t believe this is a fight we can win alone. Historically, every time we have made a profit as a community, because we have had the support of others. And now is the time, because if they come after my rights, they somehow come for yours.”

Cynthia Erivo – Photo: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for British Vogue
Cynthia Erivo – Photo: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for British Vogue

Erivo reminds readers, “People who want to help but don’t know what to do should find their gay family and sit down and talk to them.”

“Trans rights, women’s rights, they’re all human rights,” Delevingne adds. “This isn’t about, ‘Oh, it’s not my job, because I’m not part of the community.’ Our job is to stand up for each other.”