Former Disney Channel child star and professional dancer Alyson Stoner has shared her experience of falling in love with a woman in an emotional essay for Teen Vogue.
On Friday, the outlet published Stoner’s essay titled, “How I embraced my sexual idenity,” where the star opened up about her struggle with coming to terms with her sexuality.
“After I dizzied myself from doing knee spins, she walked toward me to correct my form,” Stoner wrote of meeting her dance instructor, the women she fell for, for the first time.
Stoner detailed how their relationship bloomed over time, recounting the first time they hung out together to the first time they kissed.
“In its purest sense, I felt awakened, more compassionate and like my truest self,” Stoner wrote.
Later in the essay, the “Step Up” actress and dancer admitted that while she was falling in love with a woman, she also struggled to accept what was happening and denied her feelings at first.
“I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me. It is the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best journeys.”