There’s still a way to go when it comes to challenging the stereotypes surrounding women from the LGBTQIA+ community. Either the portrayal of bi, trans and lesbian women on screen is largely catered to the male gaze, or queer women are seen as masculine or ‘tomboys’ by people outside of the community.
And the latest interview with Kendall Jenner in Vogue serves as a reminder of that. While the interview starts off as a casual chat about her love for horse riding, the discussion soon strays to her sexuality, and the apparent 'rumours' surrounding it. The interviewer asking about her love life, unfortunately seemed to lead Kendall down an awkward line of conversation that’s been framed in an even more awkward way in the write up.
"Kendall Jenner-a tomboy who collects vintage cars, prefers sneaks and jeans and a hoodie, and rolls with a squad of mostly guys-is not gay," the interviewer writes, as if her interests somehow affect her sexuality. When she's asked why the Internet thinks she's gay, Kendall explains it's probably because she's not like her sister's - posting pics of themselves with male partners. She's more "low key" with guys.
thrilled to cover @voguemagazine's April dreamers issue!! Vogue continues to make my dreams come true. ❤️ read my full cover story in the link in my bio. shot by my babies @mertalas @macpiggott pic.twitter.com/j6lRC32Kfu- Kendall (@KendallJenner) March 14, 2018
While she's driving 90mph down the freeway, she answers the interviewer's questions about her sexuality, saying she doesn't think she has a "bisexual or gay bone" in her body. She goes on to explain she feels she has a "male energy", adding she doesn't want to say that wrong because she's "not transgender or anything".
She then refers back to the interviewer's question, "But to answer your question: I’m not gay. I have literally nothing to hide. I would never hide something like that."
Unsurprisingly, this has sparked a conversation among LGBTQIA+ people on social media. People are largely positive about Kendall and understand the situation she must have been put in, and how interviews can often be taken out of context. But there are some users that see the whole thing as potentially damaging…
I just read an excerpt from Kendall Jenner’s Vogue spread (don’t ask) & she said "I sort of have a...male energy? I don’t want to say that wrong because I’m not transgender.” Girl. What?- M. (@oluwamaya) March 15, 2018
lmao i’m reading about kendall jenner in vogue and my eyes just rolled to the back of my head pic.twitter.com/Ccsq7Xllkp- hmm Ⓥ (@ubebaybay) March 14, 2018
Kendall Jenner is NOT GAY and I feel weird that there are 3 paragraphs devoted to her NOT GAYNESS because that feels kind of like it feeds into the idea that being queer does mean having something to hide when she says "I have literally nothing to hide."https://t.co/duxG5R3Fud- Alex Berg (@itsalexberg) March 15, 2018
i'm so confused by this entire paragraph of kendall jenner insisting that she's not gay but she's up for any experience but she's not gay guys pic.twitter.com/MBqa7d8huO- ellie (@eleanorbate) March 14, 2018
So first of all let’s just mention how shady it is that the journalist asked her about her sexuality and gender identity whilst the girl was DRIVING knowing she wouldn’t be concentrating on her answer. That’s fucking poor, but then Vogue also thought Gigi was genderfluid]]>🤷🏻💜