Swedens Magda Eriksson and Denmarks Pernille Harder talk about their kiss in Paris that went viral, what it was like coming out and joining Common Goal
It was the most normal thing in the world to Magda Eriksson when, after helping Sweden defeat Canada in the last 16 of the Womens World Cup, she located her partner in the stands and wandered over towards Parc des Princes crowd. They shared a kiss and thought nothing of it until later on, when the amount of activity on their phones suggested something was blowing up.
We werent even aware anyone was taking a photo, Eriksson says. But somebody had and the noise on social media had nothing to do with the fact that the girlfriend in question, the Denmark international Pernille Harder, was wearing the shirt of her countrys arch-rivals. The images power came from its sheer rarity: a gay, high-profile sporting couple showing their love in public without the slightest abashment. Harder only realised what had happened when her Twitter following suddenly swelled by 3,000; a penny began to drop that something so everyday to both women could be an inspiration to millions.
It was crazy, the picture was tweeted all over the world Argentina, Brazil Harder is speaking at another familiar scene: the dining table of her apartment just outside Wolfsburg where she is preparing for a fourth season with the serial German champions. Beside her sits Eriksson, the Chelsea defender, who has spent the three weeks of her pre-season break here. Time like this is precious: once the football starts in earnest they may see each other only a couple of days a month. They cannot remember sitting down for an interview together before but their relationship, which they have never hidden since getting together as teammates with the Swedish club Linkping, has taken on a new dimension.
Weve always just been natural, not so much thinking of being inspirations together, putting pictures up of each other or anything like that, Harder says. But when we saw that photo and the comments around it, then it was really something; like: Were role models. We had messages from a lot of young people, people of our age, but older people also.
Eriksson came to a similar realisation. I think thats when I felt the demand for role models in that way, because of how big it was and how many people wrote to me on Instagram saying they looked up to us and how much wed helped them. Thats when I understood that were really powerful together. Before, we hadnt really seen ourselves as that.
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