Cara Delevingne is one of the most in-demand models around right now–for everything from runway shows to ad campaigns to editorials. She’s won over the entire industry with her impressive eyebrows and goofy faces–but apparently there was a time when those qualities weren’t enough to compensate for her “dwarf”-like stature.
Delevingne champion Katie Grand (Jacobs’s longtime stylist and collaborator) told the Sunday Times she had tried to cast the 5’9″ model–then 19–in the fall 2012 Louis Vuitton show, but Jacobs was not having it. Grand recalls his response to seeing Delevingne among the show’s comparatively statuesque other models: ‘Why is that dwarf in here?’
Delevingne, apparently, wasn’t too devastated (or never found out that she’d been called a dwarf by Marc Jacobs) because she walked in both the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton shows the very next season, and has even starred naked in Jacobs’s ‘Protect The Skin You’re In’ campaign as well as this past season’s Louis Vuitton prostitute-themed short film.
In fact, much of Delevingne’s rise to modeling stardom can be traced back to Grand, who frequently puts Delevingne in (and even on the cover of) her magazine, Love. Partly, Grand says, because she “felt bad” about the Marc Jacobs incident.