Kristen Stewart Defends Gender-Bending Rolling Stone Cover

Kristen Stewart Defends Gender-Bending Rolling Stone Cover

Kristen Stewart defended her raunchy Rolling Stone magazine cover photoshoot in March, which went viral and divided audiences across social media platforms.

"The existence of" "The female body pushing you towards any kind of sexuality that isn't exclusive to straight men is something that people aren't very comfortable with and I'm very happy about that," he Stewart said Sunday during a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival. for her latest film Love Lies Bleeding.

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The photos show Stewart in a mullet with jockstraps and basketball shorts. The spread quickly went viral on social media, as fans marveled at the opportunity for a queer celebrity to do a hypersexualized photoshoot that doesn't cater to the male gaze.

Stewart, who is bisexual, said she likes to break traditional stereotypes about what it means to be a woman. “It's nice to take different photos and mix them in a way that people aren't used to and don't want to do, and that's good too,” he added.

Stewart insisted that the androgynous images Collier Schorr took for Rolling Stone shouldn't be a big deal. “It's actually ubiquitous and it's everywhere and it's denied and it's crazy that there aren't more images like this. “I loved the opportunity,” she said. 

Love Lies Bleeding, directed by Rose Glass, follows Lou (Kristen Stewart) as a gym manager in the middle of Nowhere America and falls in love with bodybuilder Jackie (Katy O'Brian) after she comes to town for a competition in Las Vegas The two soon get into trouble with Lou's father (Ed Harris), an arms dealer who runs the local criminal network.

Stewart lets the magazines go to the theater and talk about making lesbian films like Love Lies Bleeding for the general public and not in an echo chamber. "We can't keep telling everyone how to feel, patting each other on the back and earning points giving space to marginalized voices and simply allowing them to speak out. That's exactly how it is," Stewart told the Berlinale press.

"The era of queer films that were so clearly right is over. " It's over. Maybe it will happen, but I think things are evolving and moving forward. "It's the way we all move forward," he added. Stewart highlighted Happiest Season, his LGBTQ+ holiday comedy, which took an approach completely commercial, while a moment that sparked interest in presenting other films with different voices and themes to a wider audience.

“It's not about making [films] about why they are excluded, but about people's real experiences, what they like, what their desires are, where they come from, where they want to go and yes. . “I don't think you always have to be on one platform and be the spokesperson for everyone,” Stewart said.

The Hollywood actress has also done a progress report. on your next project. Lead role in a biopic about Susan Sontag. “The Sontag case will unfold over a very long period of time. The format is unique. It is a hybrid form between documentary, research project, experiment, film within a film. We started here at the festival last year. I don't know when we'll be done with this thing. It's kind of an open process."

Love Lies Bleeding, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, received positive reviews from critics, including the Hollywood Reporter. David Rooney wrote that director Glass "presented a lesbian neo-noir steeped in disturbing nightscapes, violent crime and KStew as tough as ever, presented in such a powerful and focused way."