She’s the model of the moment that can do no wrong. Whether in Paris, London, Toyko or New York, her fans go crazy for her cheeky antics and lovable character. Cara Delevingne is on a mission to conquer showbiz…
What is your absolute wardrobe staple?
Definitely skinny jeans, and if I’m feeling jazzy then maybe I’ll wear double denim…
If your house was on fire and you’d only time to save one item, what would it be?
Definitely my leather jacket!
What does ‘Fashion’ mean to you?
For me, it means the biggest, most unconventional “family” and support group which I could never replace.
How has modeling changed your life?
I now know a lot more about fashion, I have a lot more clothes, beautiful clothes, and I have made some special friends and travelled a lot.
What do you like most about your job?
Travelling, the people I meet and the people I work with.
Off duty, how would you describe your own personal style?
I’m a Tomboy by day, and for the red carpet I pick a character and project that person. I can wear anything and feel alright if I can make that part work.
What advice do you have for other aspiring models?
Don’t let people knock you down, keep grounded and be happy and have a great agent – and have a good relationship with them.
What models inspire you?
Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, and also Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy, all very iconic and individual.
What do you think separates a brilliant model from a bad one?
It’s not just about looking pretty, it’s about capturing the character that the client wants, it’s about being a chameleon.
What’s your best fashion week memory ever?
Opening the Chanel show in Versailles was exceptional, you only get to find out if you are actually opening the show moments before, and it’s nerve wracking and thrillingly brilliant.
Biggest style lesson you’ve learned?
I’m still learning and I like to be myself.
You’ve worked fashion week in London, Paris and NYC. How would you compare them?
For London it’s original, creative, iconic, influential, graphic. NY is unique, edgy, definitive, organised, and Paris is classic, elegant, timeless, tres chic!
If could choose a century to live in, which one would it be and which role would you like to play in it?
Coco Chanel, Cleopatra , Mary Queen of Scots (without the beheading) or
Joan of Arc, I would love to play all of them in films.
Who are your style icons?
Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung
You are currently Model of the Year (British Fashion Awards) but I believe you also have acting ambitions and you play the drums. What’s your ultimate passion?
I love to sing, and obviously playing the drums makes my heart beat loud, it’s incredibly physical. Playing Anna Karenina was probably the best days of my career and made me want to do a lot more acting.
True Romance, Rhianna, Azalea Banks, also a lot of my friends are great musicians, and I love Al Green, Marvin Gaye and Lauren Hill.
You’ve been labelled “the new Kate Moss” by Mario Testino. Does being the “next big thing” make you feel pressure?
It’s crazy to be even be considered in the same calibre as Kate, it’s a huge compliment but scary even to be mentioned in the same breath.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Azealia told me to keep my mouth shut and to just get on with things and to finish the job.
Have you found aspects of your success and fame difficult to cope with?
I have a great support network, my family, my model agency Storm, people I work with in the fashion industry and of course all my followers on Twitter who stop me from feeling lonely, I love them all, they keep grounded.
What’s would be your ultimate fashion job?
Chanel cosmetics! and I would love to design my own range of t-shirts, really beautiful and simple t-shirts, I love them and wear them all the time and I can never find really plain ones. The devil is in the detail.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Living on a desert island catching fish and growing vegetables…..and also with a couple of albums and some movies under my belt !
Cara Delevingne is currently the face of Pepe Jeans London who this year are celebrating their 40th birthday.