WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY: Cara Delevingne
As one of most recognized faces in the world, Cara Delevingne has used her fame from the fashion world to launch a successful film career and work with and endorse charities, fundraisers, and organizations that are close to her heart. All this and she's only 24.
Born in Hammersmith, London, Cara Delevingne was the youngest of three daughters. Her sister, Poppy Delevingne, is also a model and an inspiration to Cara. She attended a school for girls before moving to the Bedales School in Hampshire to focus on drama and music. Delvingne found school to be challenging--she has dyspraxia and suffered with depression. After one year at Bedales, she dropped out to pursue her modelling career.
Delevingne had actually started her modelling career when she was only ten years old in an editorial shot for Vogue Italia. She got her break in 2012 as she was working in an office of a fashion website and was scouted by Christopher Bailey of Burberry. After that, she was a part of Burberry's 2011 campaign alongside British model Jacob Young.
After starting with Burberry, Delevingne walked the February 2011 London Fashion Week for them as well as the September show later that year for the spring/summer 2012 collection. By 2012, Delevingne began her relationship with Chanel by walking in their Haute-Couture spring show. Later that year, she appeared in nine shows in the New York Fashion Week, including Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herra, and Jason Wu. For the London Fashion Week that year, Delevingne was exclusively with Burberry where she took the lead in the culmination of the show. Next was Milan, where she walked in six shows. The final of the "big four" shows was Paris and Delevingne walked for seven shows, this time including Stella McCartney and Chanel. It was during this that she met Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel and began her professional relationship with him and the company, of which she currently is star of their Gabrielle bag.
Between those four shows, Delevingne had walked in over 20 shows and rightfully earned a name for herself. Over the next three years, she tapered back the amount shows she appeared in and became more selective of who she walked for, though Chanel is always a favorite. This was largely due to her interests in pursuing her passions for film, music, and charity.
Aside from being an accomplished drummer, singer, and guitarist, Delevingne has always had an interest in acting. She was able to explore her passion a bit during some of her shows, but it wasn't until 2012 where she had a role in Anna Karenina as Princess Sorokina alongside the likes of Keira Knightley and Jude Law. The following year, she voiced the DJ on Grand Theft Auto V's Non-Stop Pop FM radio staion (that game happens to be the fastest-selling video game in history).
She appeared in a number of films before co-starring in John Green's Paper Towns, where Delevingne's work was very well received. Since then, she's been in Pan, Suicide Squad as the Enchantress, and Kids in Love. This year, she's set to co-star in the sci-fi film of the summer Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. She's also been absolutely rocking a bald head for her next movie, Life in a Year, which is about a 17 year-old boy (Jaden Smith) who finds out that his girlfriend (Delevingne) has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has one year to live.
As if all of this isn't enough for one person, she's also extremely active in her charity work. In January, she went to Uganda with the Unitied Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign. There, she worked with refugees who fled South Sudan. As a Champion of Girl Up, Delevingne spends time with other women who are in need and helps spread the word about this wonderful cause. For more information on Girl Up, please check out this link here.
Beautiful, charitable, ambitious, and always herself, Cara Delevingne clearly has a lot to offer and we are just at the beginning of her pursuits. We definitely can't wait to see what's next for her!