Lena Waithe Covers Vanity Fair
Lena Waithe is covering Vanity Fair for a landmark issue helmed by new EIC Radhika Jones. In it, Waithe is interviewed by fellow queer writer Jacqueline Woodson on various topics including pitching stories to white execs and her role as a storyteller of queer black stories.
“I am tired of white folks telling my stories. We gotta tell our s**t,” says Waithe. “Can’t no one tell a black story, particularly a queer story, the way I can, because I see the God in us.”
Waithe adds, “I didn’t realize I was born to stand out as much as I do. But I’m grateful. Because the other black or brown queer kids are like, ‘Oh, we the s**t.'”
Lena’s also clearly confident in her identity and her blackness and she dishes on her style.
“Being black and gay, having dreadlocks, having a certain kind of swag, and dressing the way I do, [people say,] ‘That’s dope, you’re cool,’” she says. “I don’t feel validated by that. I don’t want to be white. I don’t want to be straight. I don’t want to blend in. I try to wear queer designers who happen to be brown and makin’ sh**.”
We see you Lena!
The creator of ‘The Chi/”/all-around dope human being’s Vanity Fair cover is being praised by the likes of Ava Duvernay, who Lena worked for as a trash taking out production assistant in her early years.
That and more is covered in her cover story.
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