“Westworld” star Tessa Thompson for Net-a-Porter’s The Edit Magazine photographed by Nagi Sakai and styled by Catherine Newell-Hanson.
On her family support of her relationships: “I can take things for granted because of my family – it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be. I’m attracted to men and also to women. If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion. That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself. I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones, but so many people don’t. So, do I have a responsibility to talk about that? Do I have a responsibility to say in a public space that this is my person?”
On her relationship with Janelle and the countless stories dedicated to detailing their every outing: “Janelle and I love each other DEEPLY. We’re so close, we vibrate on the same FREQUENCY. If people want to SPECULATE about what we are, it doesn’t bother me.”
On getting attention in recent years for her style on the red carpet and shooting ad campaigns as a black woman: “It’s become sort of a thing for actresses to be like, ‘A red carpet? Pshaw, I’d rather be in sweats,’ but I love to be in a dress. Campaigns allow you freedom. For a lot of actresses, it’s the way that they make most of their money and if you are a black woman, occupying that space and having that sort of visibility, internationally, is huge. There’s this idea that our faces don’t sell and so when we do get those campaigns, they show people that they do. It’s really easy to write off these spaces as being frivolous, but I don’t think they are, actually. I think they’re significant.”
Cover: Richard Quinn Dress from the Fall 2018 Collection | Kenneth Jay Lane Earrings | Balmain Boots
Image 1: Paco Rabanne Dress from the Fall 2018 Collection | Basserange Briefs
Image 2: A.W.A.K.E. Top | Maison Margiela High-rise Wide-leg Jeans from the Fall 2018 Collection | Laura Lombardi Earrings
[Photo Credit: Nagi Sakai/The Edit Magazine, vogue.com, Courtesy of Richard Quinn]