17-year-old starlet Amandla Stenberg has been making waves for carefree black girls everywhere from her profound and poignant video on cultural appropriation last year to her continued activism and visibility in the social justice sphere.
Recently, she covered the February issue of Teen Vogue and took over the glossy’s SnapChat sharing her thoughts on accepting her identity 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 just mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in. 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, there’s absolutely nothing but change. We cannot be suppressed.
Watch Amandla’s full SnapChat thread below:
We are so proud of this fearless young woman who is truly redefining what it means to be a young, black Hollywood starlet today. See more images from her shoot below.