At first glance, it might seem like an odd choice for UK lesbian magazine Diva to put straight-identified celebrity foodie/author Nigella Lawson on the cover of their March issue. But when you think about the thousands of men and women who have drooled at the sight of Nigella as she serves up a hot dish on one of her Food Network or Channel 4 shows, and how she’s so often referred to as the “queen of food porn,” it might not seem that strange — especially when she’s open to answering questions about women.
Here’s an except from the interview:
On her lesbian following:
I’m happy to have a following. But also, funnily
enough, I think people mistake these things. When
I was younger, I was asked why I didn’t find it
offensive if someone wolf-whistled at me. Listen,
I’m a feminist who doesn’t find it offensive to be
attractive. Just like I feel that eating is an occasion
for pleasure. I feel that any form of appreciation
deserves a smile back and a thank you. Being found
attractive has never seemed at all offensive to me.
On if she ever had crushes on females:
Oh yes, at school. I was at one school for a while
and they were called a crush, a craze, and I
remember there was a very beautiful Egyptian girl
called Nilgen and I was allowed to go make her
bed every day. Nevertheless, it was considered
normal in those days.
I think it was seeking the comfort of a mother
or an older sister. Being at boarding school is a
strange feeling, and you want somebody to show
concern for you. It was certainly a very unphysical
sort of crush. I was very much an introverted child
who lived in my head. I was so shy, I remember
hating it if any of my parents’ friends addressed a
question to me. Up until I was 19 and went travelling
On if she’s ever been with a woman:
No, I haven’t had a love affair with a woman but
I have very close woman friends, which is a very
different thing but I think we all have it in
us — women more than men.
I do feel that I find
difference very interesting. In a sense, a smooth-skinned
man wouldn’t appeal.
I know a lot of
straight men feel threatened. But pleasure is
pleasure, and I’m not saying it’s all fluid, but in a
sense one’s relationship is with the person.
And, yes, she also talks about food. You can get your own copy of the March issue online or at select bookstores now.