Amandla Stenberg is ready to open up about her racial and sexual identity.
On Thursday night, the 17-year-old posted a personal video to Tumblr, so she could break down barriers and open up to her fans and followers about who she really is.
The teen — who played Rue in the first Hunger Games movie — said:
“It’s a really, really hard thing to be silenced and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t in.”
The actress admitted that she relates to that struggle, revealing she is bisexual:
“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.”
“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.”
Jennifer Lawrence‘s former costar explained that she’s finally ready to embrace her true self, confessing:
“Here I am, being myself. And it’s hard and vulnerable, and it’s definitely a process but I’m learning and I’m growing.”
“I’m sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me. And I know you are too.”
Bravo, Amandla! Ch-ch-check out the full video (below)!
The clip was initially featured on Teen Vogue‘s Snapchat after the youngster took over to promote her upcoming issue.
In fact, she also used her Instagram account to share her cover shot, and another inspiring message about accepting her identity.
Take a look (below)!
“There’s a secret language between black girls destined to move mountains and cross rivers when the world sometimes tells you to belong to the valleys that surround you. You feel it like a rhythm you can├óΓé¼Γäót shake if you even dared to quiet the sounds around you. Amandla (@amandlastenberg) knows it all too well. So here we are, connecting as non conforming black gals. Connecting as girls who recognize the borders that have been built around us, but tearing them down while coloring outside every line.” – soul healing honey mama Solange (@saintrecords) I think that when you├óΓé¼Γäóre a black girl and you grow up you internalize all these messages. Everywhere you look tells you that you shouldn’t accept your hair, or your natural features, or that you shouldn├óΓé¼Γäót have a voice, or that you aren├óΓé¼Γäót smart. In terms of my evolution I think those internalized messages built up in my mind until I was given the tools to recognize the situation. And understand that no, there├óΓé¼Γäós nothing wrong with me, these are just that these are just messages that we├óΓé¼Γäóre fed. I feel like the best way to deal with that has been just to be myself and connect with all these other black girls who are awakening and realizing that they├óΓé¼Γäóve been trying to conform; and the only way to fight that is to be themselves on the most genuine level. My undying gratitude to @teenvogue for giving me the opportunity to be myself. All of my love to all of you for giving me the confidence to be genuine. Our soul baring is our power. #RepresentationMatters #blackgirlmagicA photo posted by amandla (@amandlastenberg) on Jan 7, 2016 at 9:57am PST
We’re so proud of Amandla for opening up and sharing her story, and we absolutely agree that there needs to be more representation of all women in Hollywood!
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[Image via Amandla Stenberg/Tumblr.]