By Mikayla Baiocchi
“Don’t worry, be happy! Embrace your weirdness STOP LABELLING START LIVING,” writes Cara Delevingne on her Instagram account, a far cry from the mold models like Delevingne are cast into in this day and age.
Apparently, Delevingne is not like most models of her status. Furthermore, the fashion world knows it and it loves it.
“She seems genuinely classy and down-to-earth,” Rachel Sweren, sophomore linguistics major said, “which is different for a model from what I’ve seen.”
At 22-years-old, Delevingne has walked the Victoria’s Secret runway, been the face of Chanel and Burberry campaigns and accumulated 8.2 million followers on Instagram. Online newspaper The Independent dubbed Cara as the “face of the decade.”
Put all the accolades aside and go on her Instagram account. You will see goofy, unedited pictures of Delevingne and friends, pictures of lions with cigarettes and pictures of bacon. Lots of bacon.
She is not posting the glamorous selfies that her fellow catwalk queens post, yet Delevingne’s four-year modeling career continues on, as she was just unveiled as the face of YSL’s newest beauty campaign, said Daily Mail Online.
“Cara has incredible gravitas in both the high fashion and high street industries,” said Rakesh Aggarwal, founder of online beauty retailer Escentual. “She switches from glamorous gowns and stilettos one day to onesies and trainers the next, pulling off a wealth of different looks with aplomb.”
On Delevingne’s IMDb, Oscar De la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Stella McCartney are listed as some of the brands that Delevingne has worked with. Not to mention she walked hand-in-hand with Karl Lagerfeld down Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2014/2015.
So what is keeping this quirky girl within the workings of high fashion?
According to Aggarwal, her “quirky” personality is the main reason for her popularity in the fashion world, but it applies more to her popularity outside of it – many girls want to be friends with a girl like Delevingne.
“She essentially denies the whole model stigma of being ‘perfect,’” said Meredith House, a sophomore Spanish major. “She’s herself and that’s her brand, and if you can brand yourself on being different, that’s pretty much the coolest thing to me.”
She can wear high heels and appeal to fashion designers, and the next minute sport colored kicks that give her a casual vibe that a college student would feel attracted to. The two sides to Delevingne have helped her captivate two separate worlds.
“I know she’s not just a model, she’s an actress, as well,” said Sweren. “It seems like she as priorities and talent that are not limited.”
Adding to the mystique of Delevingne is the fact that she has taken on things outside of the fashion industry, yet she maintains her presence within it.
“I want to make music,” Delevingne told W magazine in 2013. “I want to act. I want to sing. I want to do something that doesn’t make my skin erupt.”
In the realm of music, Delevingne can play the drums, according to The Independent. Rumors of Delevingne collaborating with Rita Ora and Pharrell Williams were circling around last year, but nothing has materialized from the rumored pairings.
She has also starred in a couple of films. According to Delevingne’s IMDb, she had a small role in the 2012 version of “Anna Karenina” and a role in the British indie film “Kids in Love.” However, she has landed her biggest role yet in the controversial new film “The Face of an Angel” that is based on the story of Amanda Knox, said The Independent.
Cara Delevingne – a trend-setting, light-hearted, talented and versatile woman who refuses to confine herself to one mold. Delevingne can offer something to everybody, thus her reign in the fashion and social media worlds will surely last for longer than four years.