In the latest issue of Style.com/Print, journalist Maya Singer catches up with Cara Delevingne during fashion month, where the model walked an impressive 39 shows, to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the rise of an "It Girl".
With killer bone structure, aristocratic roots, and a huge family fortune, Cara was probably always destined for "It Girl" status--just don't tell her that. Singer says the model's eyes "cloud over" when she mentioned the 'It' word. As for her legions of new fans, Delevingne says: "It's like, admire me for what? What have I done? It's not that being in a Burberry campaign or walking in a Chanel show is nothing. It's just...I know I can do more."
That "more" she has in mind is acting. In fact, Cara says she's not all that into modeling--she only got into it to help foot the bill for drama school. Cara insists her parents stopped supporting her at age 16, though she still lives in the family home, a £10 million townhouse in London's posh Belgravia neighborhood.
"It's messed up though," Cara says about her current gig, "because modeling makes you so self-conscious, which is exactly what you can't be when you're acting."
She goes on to say that the one thing she does enjoy about runway is that she can't "fuck up." "I mean, if I fall, that's the one situation I can't get out of by making jokes or funny faces. You know, a big old song and dance. Which is what I normally do when I'm in trouble." Her antics, however, leave Singer wondering how much of the Cara Delevingne charm is genuine and how much of it is for show: she contends towards the middle of the article that Cara is "too clever to be believed" when she argues that this sudden "It Girl" status happened by accident.
Still, it sounds like at least some of that quirk is genuine; she does, after all, have a collection of animal costumes, including a panda bear suit that she zipped on for the interview. "I like to wear it around the house," she explained, as though everyone should have an animal suit on hand for lazy days. (Actually, we think they should too.) Just yesterday she Instagrammed a photo of herself at the Virgin Atlantic clubhouse wearing a tiger suit.
Check out some of the images from the spread, and pick up the latest issue of Style.com/Print on newsstands now.
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