Rowan Blanchard Opens Up About Identifying As Queer with 'Wonderland' Magazine

Rowan Blanchard Opens Up About Identifying As Queer with 'Wonderland' Magazine

Rowan Blanchard picks up a wispy flower in this shot from the new issue of Wonderland magazine.

Inside, the 14-year-old Girl Meets World actress and activist opens up about social media, her powerful essays and more. Check it:

On social media: “The thing that’s tough about it is that you’re subject to everybody else’s opinions when you didn’t necessarily ask for that…The downside to social media is it’s another place for girls to be made fun of and another way for girls to be degraded; the upside is that it’s also a way for girls especially girls of color, for example to speak out and to take back some control.”

On her essay for Rookie: “I think I felt a need to write that piece because I was sick of apologising for things that I really shouldn’t be sorry for. I see it now with my young sister and it scares me because I know at that age, when I was 12, I would literally spend 45 minutes putting on a whole face of make-up, when I really didn’t want to, but because I genuinely felt that if somebody saw me with my dark eye circles or a blackhead, that I’d risk offending them. You are supposed to say ‘I’m sorry’ for things that you’re not sorry for, especially to men. When I wrote the piece for Rookie it was kind of me trying to get other girls to start accepting themselves, but it was about me trying to get myself to stop apologising, too.”

On identifying herself as queer: “In my life – only ever liked boys. However I personally don’t wanna label myself as straight, gay or whateva so I am not gonna give myself labels to stick with…I’m okay with it now, but I still realize that I was allowing people to comment on something that’s very personal. The first day I tweeted about it, it was definitely scary to see people commenting about things that literally have nothing to do with them.”

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