Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Jake Frost
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Stanton Daily. Posted by Jake Frost
Modeling, Suicide Squad
Currently Known For:
2012 - Present
Modeling is one of the hardest industries to break into, so many models have to have a certain feature that helps them stand out. For Cara Delevingne, her signature eyebrows have garnered worldwide attention, and we’ve found out that she has more talent than modeling as she’s branched out to other forms of entertainment.
Delevingne was born on August 12, 1992 in London to a fairly famous family. Actress Joan Collins is a family friend to her parents that included her model mother and real estate developer father that provided the family with solid wealth. At an early age, Delevingne knew that she wanted to get into modeling herself, just like older sister Poppy.
Delevingne landed her first modeling job when she was just 10 years old, and was a teenager when she got signed as a professional model with Storm Model Management. Two years later, Delevingne was walking runways in London during Fashion Walk, and she started landing more prominent jobs left and right, including modeling for Burberry.
Within just a year, Delevingne was one of the more well known models in all of Europe and was being booked by any company that could sign her. Delevingne appeared in advertisements for companies such as DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and more. In 2012 alone, Delevingne appeared on the runway dozens of times including her biggest appearance to that point in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Delevingne had become a rather household name at this point, which opened the door for film roles. In 2012, Delevingne made her debut on the big screen when she played Princess Sorokina in “Anna Karenina”, setting her up as an established actress that was being scouted by Hollywood. It wasn’t before she started to dabble with a music career first, though.
Delevingne excelled at several musical instruments, which landed her an offer to sign with a record label. However, she’d turn that down as producers wanted her to change her name. Throughout her movie career, Delevingne has been able to showcase her singing chops, and has even released a music video for one of her songs from an acting role.
Acting wasn’t always in the cards for Delevingne. “If I hadn’t gone into acting, I wanted to be a child psychologist or a therapist,” she said. “The way people are with each other in relationships – I find that so interesting. When I started acting and putting myself in other people’s shoes, it made me so much more aware. Storytelling brings people together. Every movie I’ve done has made me realize certain things about myself and the way that I can connect with others.”
The second acting role for Delevingne was actually quite an interesting one as she lent just her voice for the video game “Grand Theft Auto V”. Delevingne appeared in the game as the radio DJ for the pop station in the game, which became one of the most successful properties in video game history.
Television was next for Delevingne as she appeared on “Playhouse Presents”, and then had her first major role in film with “The Face of an Angel” in 2015. Later that year, Delevingne was finding herself in the starring role once again, this time with “Paper Towns”. Though the film wasn’t a massive success, many critics praised Delevingne for her work, and she’d finally get the blockbuster roles she’d been looking for in the forms of “Pan” and “Suicide Squad”. Since then, Delevingne has starred in films such as “Kids in Love”, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and “Tulip Fever” with plenty more on the way.
Between modeling, acting, singing and writing (making her debut as a novelist in late 2017), Delevingne has shown that she can just about do it all. The 26 year old might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but she has a massive following of fans, many of which she communicates with on a daily basis via social media.
Delevingne said that she hopes to be taken as seriously as an actress as she has been as a model. “People say I don’t work hard, or that all of this has come very easy, and that I haven’t had to work for it,” she said. “That’s not true at all. That’s the worst. I hate that one, because I pride myself on how hard I work so it sucks when people say that kind of thing.”
It’s taken some adjusting, but Delevingne is getting more used to it now. “I’ve definitely learned to accept it more. I used to get far more aggressive and very angry,” she said. “Not that I don’t still sometimes, but it comes with the job and I wouldn’t change what I do for anything. So you kid of have to just swallow it.”
So what’s next for Delevingne? “Just living life,” she says. “Who knows? For the first time, I’m happy with not knowing.”