No big surprise here, but Kristin Stewart is one of eight stars to grace a cover of Elle magazine’ annual Women In Hollywood issue.
Not only is she one of the most accomplished young actresses in the industry with a massive fan base, but she’s also a strong woman who’s not afraid to be herself and stand up for what she believes in.
But Stewart hasn’t actually made many recent headlines as a result of this talent. Instead, she has mostly been in the news due to her love life, and the fact she is now dating a woman.
While many people have questioned her relationship with girlfriend Alicia Cargile – which she confirmed in July – Stewart has no qualms setting the record straight.
I’m not ashamed, and I’m not confused. Things have changed. And not just with me—we’re really allowed to encourage this new acceptance to develop and be awesome.”
In fact, Stewart has unabashedly gushed over her relationship in the past.
She told Elle U.K. in July,
Right now I’m just really in love with my girlfriend. We’ve broken up a couple of times and gotten back together, and this time I was like, ‘Finally, I can feel again.'”
Previously, the Twilight actress dated her co-star Robert Pattinson, but she felt the relationship was “trivialized.”
When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialized, so I didn’t like it. We were turned into these characters and placed into this ridiculous comic book,” she explained. “And I was like, ‘That’s mine. You’re making my relationship something that it’s not.’ I didn’t like that.”
However, she feels her romance with Cargile has altered how the public perceives her, and in turn, how she perceives relationships.
It changed when I started dating a girl. I was like, ‘Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I’m not down with it or I’m ashamed of it, so I had to alter how I approached being in public. It opened my life up and I’m so much happier.”
Read Elle’s full Women of the Year issue here.