*Amandla Stenberg, best known for starring as Rue in “The Hunger Games,” has come out as bisexual.
The actress, 17, opened up about her sexuality while appearing on Teen Vogue’s Snapchat account Thursday, following the reveal of her first cover for the magazine.
She tweeted out a link to the clip on Friday.
“It’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and mold yourself into shapes you just shouldn’t be in,” began Stenberg in the video.
She went on to explain: “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”
She cited a number of strong black females who have given her the inspiration to embrace her true self.
“But then I realized because of Solange [Knowles] and Ava DuVernay and Willow [Smith] and all the black girls watching this right now, that there’s absolutely nothing to change.”
She closes with a call for more tolerance and acceptance.
“We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow,” she said.
“Here I am being myself and it’s definitely hard and vulnerable and it’s definitely a process but I’m learning and I’m growing.”
Solange interviews Stenberg for Teen Vogue here.