MY POLICEMAN and THE CROWN Star Emma Corrin covers the August 2022 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth and styled by Alex Harrington.
There’s something galvanizing about Corrin rising to fame by playing an English rose, a genteel, distinctly British vision of femininity, even as they discard that same ideal of femininity in their own life. “I feel much more seen when I’m referred to as ‘they,’ but my closest friends, they will call me ‘she,’ and I don’t mind, because I know they know me,” explains Corrin as some of these friends drift in and out of the room
I ask Corrin about a photo they posted of themself in a chest binder last July along with a caption about safe binding practices. Posting anything to Instagram about gender identity can be “really scary,” they say, and the July post prompted a flood of comments, not all of them respectful. “In my mind, gender just isn’t something that feels fixed,” they say, “and I don’t know if it ever will be; there might always be some fluidity there for me.”
Corrin has also dated men and admits they’ve occasionally felt “intense pressure” to justify their LGBTQ+ identity: “I’m working out all this complex gender and sexuality stuff. And yet, I’m seeing a guy? That feels very juxtaposed, even if I’m very happy.”
[Photo Credit: Jamie Hawkesworth/Vogue Magazine]
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