June 25, 2015 07:56 PM

Cara Delevingne’s second Vogue cover garnered a lot of attention — both for the beautiful photos and the frank talk about her career and her relationship with singer St. Vincent. But now, part of her profile is making headlines for a very different reason.

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One particular passage, in which writer Rob Haskell suggests that her sexual orientation might not be permament, has drawn the ire of more than 13,000 people online, all of whom signed a petition demanding that Vogue recognize that being LGBT is not a phase. The section in question, below, indicates that he agrees with her parents about the controversial idea:

“Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct. ‘Women are what completely inspire me, and they have also been my downfall. I have only been hurt by women, my mother first of all.

‘The thing is,’ she continues, ‘if I ever found a guy I could fall in love with, I’d want to marry him and have his children. And that scares me to death because I think I’m a whole bunch of crazy, and I always worry that a guy will walk away once he really, truly knows me.” 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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Petition founder Julie Rodriguez writes, “How could Vogue’s editorial staff greenlight this article and publish it without anyone raising concerns about this dismissive and demeaning language? As a bisexual woman myself, I’ve experienced hurtful comments like this many times. People are quick to assume queer women’s identities are a “phase” and to refuse to recognize the important relationships in their lives — an attitude which can cause depression, result in families rejecting their daughters (or forcing them into abusive conversion ‘therapy’), and even put young women at risk of suicide.”

Vogue has no comment, and nor has Delevingne addressed the controversy — though she’s currently busy on a whirlwind tour promoting her film Paper Towns.

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