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Our Cate

Cate Blanchett takes her rightful place in the lesbian hall of fame.

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“For me, the true icons of style are always those women who’ve been utterly themselves without apology.”

She has won two Oscars and has another 149 wins and almost 200 nominations to her name. As perhaps the greatest film star of her generation, she’s an actor so versatile that she can play an albino Italian immigrant, an elf queen, the bisexual actor Katharine Hepburn, and a man— Bob Dylan. As a trained theater actor she is also adept at interpreting Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Ibsen. And on top of all the mainstream critical acclaim, Cate Blanchett has taken her rightful place in the pantheon of lesbian screen goddesses through her unwavering dedication to the strength and individuality of women everywhere, including those who are marginalized and queer. From the outset of her career, Blanchett has played strong, determined, and unique women: Elizabeth I, Charlotte Gray, Galadriel, Veronica Guerin, Hepburn, and Lady Marion Loxley—to name just a few. Even when she plays a completely vulnerable and unhinged mess, like Jasmine French in Blue Jasmine, she walks off with an Oscar. Blanchett makes a damn good villain, too: Marissa Wiegler in Hanna, the wicked stepmother in Cinderella, and Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. She can also handle playing 13 characters in one film, as she did in the indie film Manifesto. As we go to press, she is attached to play the comic genius Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic (script by Aaron Sorkin); in addition she has four films in post-production and one she is currently filming. Blanchett may be approaching 50, but she’s not slowing down—and each of the challenging roles she now takes on is a victory for aging women. When asked by Stephen Colbert why Ocean’s Eight was thus named, her witty riposte was, “There’s only eight women working in Hollywood, ” alluding both to the widespread sexism in the industry and to the aging out of female stars—a cruelty she seems determined to defy.

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Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings, a fresh approach, and inspiring ideas to sustain us for the rest of the year. And so we’re very pleased to present the official relaunch issue of Curve! We hope you enjoy the new look—and the new quality—which makes reading the magazine in print even more enjoyable than it was before. We couldn’t think of a better person to grace our cover this issue than Cate Blanchett, star of our favorite lesbian movie, Carol. Plus, we have interviews with rising songstress Lauren Ruth Ward, the legendary Nona Hendryx, and insight from out political analyst Masha Gessen. We also focus on fitness, well-being, interior design, and style—and we welcome travel partner Olivia to share their upcoming vacations and adventures with us. Enjoy!