Before I even begin, please let the record show that I am a noted Cara Delevingne apologist. I think she is a fantastic model, a hilarious person, and I find her sometimes-brutal honesty refreshing. I regularly rail against people who misspell her last name (it's TWO "n's," and she's super-famous now how do you keep messing this up?!). I mean, I even went to see "Suicide Squad," people! I am a card-carrying member of the Cara Delevingne Fan Club.
That being said, let's get to today's matter at hand: Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne announced on Instagram on Tuesday that she is releasing a novel. Mirror, Mirror is a "twisty coming-of-age story" about four teenagers "trying to figure out who they are and navigate the minefield of school and relationships" Until (gasp!) it all changes. That's all well and good, but it's time to level with each other: I think we all know there's a ghostwriter somewhere in the mix. To be very clear, I'm not questioning Delevingne's intelligence, but I think we have all seen that her attention span is ... small. (Delevingne herself admitted to doing poorly in school because of learning disabilities. "If you look at my writing, it's not good at all," she said.)
I don't even feel bad questioning how much Delevingne "wrote" this book considering in her own Instagram post she practically goes out of the way to claim she did any writing. If "The process of putting this novel together has been life changing and something I hold really close to my heart!!" [emphasis mine] doesn't smack of "I worked with a ghost writer on this," I don't know what does. And celebrities and ghostwriters go together like Vetements and thirsty street style stars: Do you think Kendall and Kylie Jenner actually wrote their sci-fi series? Or that Lauren Conrad wrote her YA novels? I don't even think Kim Kardashian wrote Selfish, and that's just captions for her own selfies.
But, all that being said, Delevingne has a huge fanbase of young girls who look up to her for advice and think of her as a role model. If she has been able to put her brand of emotional honesty into something those fans will read and digest in a positive way, I'm all for it, regardless of whether Delevingne actually holed herself up for several months to bang away at a keyboard to make it. "[Let's] start one big virtual book club!!!" she says. "Cause I want us to talk about this time in life, self discovery, friendship, pain, triumph!! Being a teenager!! The experiences that shape YOU! [all sic]"
Ghostwriter or no, that's really lovely. And listen, we all know I'm going to buy this book when it comes out.