Amandla Stenberg is celebrating the strength of their body as the star of Calvin Klein's 2023 "Let It Out" Pride campaign.
Photographed by Karim Sadli, Stenberg's new Calvin Klein campaign, unveiled on May 23, is entirely in B&W, capturing the essence of Pride through the expression of joy and comfort in her own body. Amandla's pictures might be devoid of color, but her expressions are certainly not. Throughout the campaign, she sports a wide-mouthed grin, pokes her tongue out, or smiles the kind of tight-lipped smile you can only have when you know you're killing it. As most queer people know best, it's not just the clothes we wear that sell a look but how we feel wearing them.
When asked if they have a message for the queer community they represent with the shoot, Stenberg quickly proclaims that queerness is not a monolith. "It's a kaleidoscope of varied experiences, so it's hard for me to imagine words of wisdom that could encompass each drastically different path," she tells Teen Vogue. “But I will say I have never known anything as beautiful as the alchemy and creativity with which queer people approach love, and I feel blessed to be shaped by it.”
The collection modeled by Stenberg heralds the upcoming Pride season with Calvin Klein's signature "This Is Love" mantra. This year, with vibrant color blocks across the waistband — a sneak peek of your Calvins is now an eye-catching spectrum of cool blue and pinks, or warm red, orange, and yellows. In the snaps for the campaign, Stenberg wears a range of pieces, including the "Empower Each Other" shirt, one of two limited edition tees — the other implores us to "Show Up For Trans Youth" — in support of ILGA World and Transgender Law Center.
To celebrate the launch of the new collection, Teen Vogue caught up with Stenberg to chat about all things style and pride.
Teen Vogue: In what ways do you think your style is an extension of yourself? I'm thinking back to your stunning RuPaul's Drag Race look…