“I’m not going to change myself for this business.”
by Molly Thomson
Former Disney actress Bella Thorne has never shied away from self-expression, despite an unrelenting pressure from our society to do so. When 19-year-old Thorne came out, it was in the form of a tweet; a fan asked her via the medium if she was bisexual, to which she answered, unperturbed, “Yeah.”
However, now that pressure is coming from another, unfortunately not unexpected source: movie studios.
“It is hard in this business for us. It really is,” she told Maxim in a recent interview. “I’ve had studios tell me my image is too ‘out there,’ hinting at it, but not really saying it.”
Here’s why this is problematic (beyond the obvious): bisexuality is not “edgy.” It is not a choice. It is not a calculated decision to warp one’s image or to shed a good-girl Disney persona. By embracing her bisexuality, all Thorne is doing is being wholly and unapologetically herself.
“I’m not going to change myself for this business,” Bella said. “I’m not going to change myself for anyone else.”
She shouldn’t. Nobody should.
Keep being you, Bella!