Elle UK’s September 2023 issue has been graced with an extraordinary presence – none other than British top model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne. Floating high above New York’s skyline, Delevingne exudes an untamed energy on one cover (above), while the other offers a hypnotic close-up, a testament to her captivating beauty and charisma (below). Quentin Jones, the genius behind the lens, captures the essence of Delevingne, brilliantly merging the sprawling metropolis with the iconic model.
Dior, the legendary fashion house, envelopes Delevingne from head to toe, a nod to her role as their brand ambassador. The cover story, curated by stylist Aurelia Donaldson, unveils a parade of sophisticated Dior ensembles, accentuating Delevingne’s versatility.
Hair stylist Harry Josh and make-up guru Hung Vanngo elevate Cara’s natural panache. Lolly Koon’s manicure finesse adds a finishing flourish.
Cara Delevingne, the face that once dominated billboards and fashion runways, has always been an enigma. Her striking blue eyes, reminiscent of Elsa from ”Frozen”, have seen highs and lows. From being the ‘IT‘ model of the moment, with her iconic eyebrows sparking a beauty trend, to facing personal struggles that led her to rehab in 2022. “I finally feel as though I can be free and myself, fully,” she reflects.
At 30, Delevingne’s life has taken a transformative turn. Embracing sobriety, she’s found stability and calmness. “I’m resilient as hell. That anything is possible,” she muses. Her past battles with anxiety, depression, and substance misuse have been well-documented, but today, she stands stronger, more self-aware, and ready to face the world.
Her career trajectory has been nothing short of meteoric. From being the face of Burberry‘s Spring/Summer 2011 campaign to transitioning successfully into acting, Delevingne has proven her mettle. Her roles in ”Paper Towns”, ”Suicide Squad”, and ”American Horror Story” showcase her versatility. “He can go to such dark depths that other people are scared to, because life goes there,” she says of Ryan Murphy, hinting at a role crafted especially for her.
Yet, it’s not just her professional life that’s seen a transformation. Delevingne‘s personal journey, especially her queer identity, has been a focal point. Her documentary, ”Planet Sex”, shed light on her struggles with internalized homophobia. Today, she’s found solace in her relationship with musician Leah Mason, describing 2023 as “the best year I’ve had so far.”
Delevingne’s future is brimming with possibilities. From a Patricia Highsmith biopic to personal projects, she’s taking life one day at a time. “The projects I’m doing are things I really care about,” she states.
In the end, the most significant change for Delevingne has been setting boundaries. The world has always wanted a piece of her, but now, she’s learning to keep some parts just for herself.
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