"Married at First Sight" star comes out as bisexual, Miss Universe Competitor Rikkie Kollé is transgender, and a potential "Joy Ride" spinoff might include a queer storyline.
Lyndall Grace Thought ‘It Was Obvious’ She Was Bisexual
Lyndall Grace, a MAFS ("Married at First Sight") star and rising influencer, came out as bisexual during a spontaneous Instagram live during pride month.
While hosting a Q&A during the live stream, a fan asked whether or not she was bisexual, and Grace was happy to answer.
“I truly thought it was pretty obvious,” said Grace. “If the nose ring, roller hockey, overalls, footy, Miley Cyrus posters, gridiron, and lack of care of what men think of me wasn’t enough … I used to have an undercut.”
Later in the Q&A session, Grace said that she “has never attempted to hide her sexuality, and has always been open about who she is.”
Miss Universe Competitor Rikkie Kollé Is Trans
Rikkie Kollé. Photo via rikkievaleriekolle, Instagram.
On July 8, model Rikkie Kollé was crowned winner of Miss Netherlands by Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel. Kollé is the first transgender winner of Miss Netherlands and is set to compete for the title of Miss Universe.
Gabriel showed respect to Kollé and paid homage to the “vibrant colors of the Netherlands fashion” through her bright neon gown.
“I want to be a voice and role model for all young women and queer people,” said Kollé to USA Today. “I know better than anyone else what it’s like to feel alone and not be surrounded by only positive thoughts.”
The Miss Universe 2023 competition is set to take place in El Salvador by the end of the year.
Potential ‘Joy Ride’ Spinoff To Include Queer Storyline
Stephanie Hsu. Photo via stephaniehsuofficial, Instagram.
“Joy Ride,” a film by Oscar-nominated “Everything Everywhere All At Once” star Stephanie Hsu almost had a queer plot, but was chopped from the final version.
In an interview with Collider, Hsu revealed that her character Kat was originally supposed to have “a little gay” subplot.
“There’s a whole gay track between Sherry’s character and my character that kind of got edited,” said Hsu.
While the “little gay” subplot was cut from “Joy Ride,” Hsu explained they’d like to revisit the cut plot in any potential sequel, but that Sherry Cola, who plays Lola Chen in the movie, is not looking forward to dedicating screen time to a queer storyline.
“[It] will be saved for the sequel, but Sherry is livid about it,” Hsu said.