Cara Delevingne is no stranger to controversy but this time the catwalk model has her fans firmly in her corner. The 22-year-old recently undertook an interview with Vogue for its July Edition and the resulting article has been condemned because of the author’s take on her sexuality as a "phase".

Cara DelevingneCara Delevingne has hit back at claims her sexuality is just 'a phase'

But Cara has hit back in a subsequent interview with The New York Times and said: "My sexuality is not a phase. I am who I am."

Last month, thousands signed a petition demanding an apology from US Vogue after several comments from interviewer Rob Haskell within his piece angered many.

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He wrote: "Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct."

Referring to her difficult relationship with her mother as a factor of her sexuality, Haskell continued: "When I suggest to Cara that to trust a man, she might have to revise an old and stubborn idea of hers - that women are perennially troubled and therefore only women will accept her - her smile says she concedes the point."

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Many readers were left frustrated with Haskell’s dismissive tone, but Cara seems to have dismissed his suggestions and simply confirmed her feelings for singer girlfriend, St Vincent - real name Anna Clarke.

The model-turned-actress, who is starring in DC Comics Suicide Squad, told her relationship has actually helped her acting.

She said: "Being in love helps, you know? If you’re in love with someone, you can be with them like no one else is in the room. Acting is like that.

"It’s like taking that feeling and turning it on so nothing else matter when you’re looking into another actor’s face."