'I thought I needed to dress a certain way' - Amandla Stenberg


Teenage Hunger Games star

The 18-year-old who played Rue in the film shared her secrets with InStyle.

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“I think something that was a huge limitation for me was gender. I thought that I had to dress a certain way in order to appear female, in order to subscribe to certain beauty standards, in order to look pretty.”

She continues, “And once I lifted that limitation off of myself of trying to look digestible, especially to the male gaze, it was a lot easier for me to find what style actually suited me.”

Stenberg reveals her big style breakthrough came when she realised that gender is a “construct” created by society and that she can adapt her clothing to look exactly how she wants it to.

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“At the end of the day, it’s fabric draped over your body," she smiles. "(When I worked that out) I was able to actually recognise when I do enjoy women’s fashion.”

Amandla attended her first ever show at Paris Fashion Week this month (Mar17), for Chanel, because she's a longtime fan of the high-end French label. She also got to check out label founder Mademoiselle Chanel's famed apartment in the city.

“Chanel is one of those brands that I feel comfortable in. It doesn’t make me feel like I’m trying to fit into a box that doesn’t feel natural to me. That’s super rare for a luxury brand.”

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