Cara Delevingne slams suggestion her sexuality is “a phase” as she says: “I am …

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Cara Delevingne slams suggestion her sexuality is “a phase” as she says: “I am who I am”.

Cara Delevingne has shut down suggestions that her sexuality is “a phase” after thousands of people signed a petition demanding an apology from Vogue. Let’s start with her fondness for dressing in ridiculous costumes: Delevingne, a 22-year-old supermodel who’s been the face of high-fashion lines including Chanel and Fendi, would gallivant around Charlotte, North Carolina dressed as a hot dog, a banana, or The Simpsons character Duff Girl.Like her Paper Towns character Margo Roth Spiegelman – a restless high-school girl who is part-Queen Bee, part-Ally Sheedy oddball from The Breakfast Club – Cara Delevingne is a mystery.Cara Delevingne, a confident tangle of lanky limbs and messy hair, tattoos and ripped black jeans, arched her eyebrows and popped her eyes wide as she excitedly described her habit of filming her meteoric, globe-trotting rise. “Watching Lars Ulrich play a Metallica show from behind the drum kit!The 22-year-old Cara Delevingne put a full stop at the rumours that she is planning to leave modelling and said it will happen, but not very often, reported OK! magazine. “I have five movies coming out this year (plus “Suicide Squad” in 2016), which is really exciting, so you don’t really have a choice but to accept me as an actress now!

While shooting at a high school, she’d run away from production assistants and sneak into classrooms full of actual students between takes, at one point recruiting a few dozen extras to film her challenging rapper A$AP Ferg to a runway walk-off after he name-checked her in a song. No matter how many Dubsmash videos or cross-eyed selfies she posts to her 15 million followers on Instagram, her fans still want to see more of her celebrity inner-circle featuring the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna and models Karlie Kloss and Kendall Jenner, and know more about what career path she’ll moonwalk down next. I’m going to shove myself down your throat, in the nicest way possible,” Cara Delevingne said ahead of the release of her upcoming movie “Paper Towns”. “I’m going to carry on modelling – it’s just going to happen a lot less. Vincent in the US tome last month, and the interview quickly came under fire with critics claiming the author was dismissive of Cara’s sexuality. “Being in love helps, you know?” she said. “If you’re in love with someone, you can be with them like no one else is in the room.

Her co-stars are especially fond of the time she spotted a local water park and decided they all needed some R&R, organizing a field trip for the next day. Seated in a trailer as a stylist preps her golden-brown hair for her final day of filming, Delevingne shrugs off her storied antics. “I like to be goofy.

Her mother was a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, her godmother is Joan Collins and she grew up in the well-to-do neighbourhood of Belgravia with her sisters Poppy, a model, Chloe, a scientist, and property developer father Charles. Delevingne, at 22 the reigning “It” Brit supermodel, is planting her Union Jack in Hollywood with a much-coveted part in “Paper Towns“ (due Friday), the second film based on a novel by John Green, whose “The Fault in Our Stars“ became a $300 million hit worldwide and helped make Shailene Woodley a star. The style bible found itself at the centre of a homophobia row, with petitioners claimed that writer Rob Haskell used dismissive language to characterise Cara’s relationship with a woman.

She is the same diminutive height as supermodel Kate Moss yet shows more personality via her expressive bushy brows and Instagram account than most celebrities do in a lifetime. Some readers have taken offense to Haskell’s dismissive approach to Cara’s sexuality, as he write: “Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct.” The open interview, in which Cara reveals that her “erotic” fantasies are made up exclusively of men, as well as her relationship with her mother, leads Haskell to add: “When I suggest to Cara that to trust a man, she might have to revise an old and stubborn idea of hers—that women are perennially troubled and therefore only women will accept her—her smile says she concedes the point.” The petition which has garnered over 13,000 signatures, has had people from all over the world sign it, appealing to editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to make an apology.

In “Paper Towns,” the character is described by her neighborhood admirer as “arguably the most gorgeous creature God had ever created,” a girl “whose life is a series of unbelievably epic adventures.” Ms. On the petition page, Rodriguez wrote: “The idea that queer women only form relationships with other women as a result of childhood trauma is a harmful (and false) stereotype that lesbian and bisexual women have been combating for decades. “How could Vogue’s editorial staff greenlight this article and publish it without anyone raising concerns about this dismissive and demeaning language?” Delevingne has been a professionally gorgeous model for Burberry and other brands, an angel for Victoria’s Secret, and, most recently, the windswept cover girl of the July issue of Vogue.

Margo is a popular high school senior whose reputation for grand adventures—running away to the circus, cavorting with rock bands—is the stuff of local legend and actually recalls Delevingne’s own wild youth. (“I don’t want to say I ran away to the circus. In person, Delevingne goes from pent-up ball of energy to pensive in the blink of an eye, something she cultivated after attending Britain’s most liberal school Bedales after being diagnosed with dyspraxia, a neurological condition affecting the co-ordination of her thoughts and movements. Moreover, in Hollywood, where nearly every lead actor, male or female, is also a fashion model — often making far more money on commercial endorsements than cinema — models are regarded with unease, and often for good reason. It was one of a handful of films last summer that reaffirmed what box-office scholars have been saying since Bridesmaids become a hit in 2011: that female-driven films can be very good business.

Consider that the weekend of its release, Fault grossed 67 percent more than Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow, whose reported budget was nearly 15 times the size of Fault’s. She recalls running into the fellow supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the Met Ball, shortly after she was cast in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” “She was like, ‘Well, I just kind of got offered it!’ “ Ms.

That film, coupled with the young-adult adaptation and box-office smash Divergent, also helped make a global superstar out of its lead actress Shailene Woodley. Delevingne recalled on a May afternoon in the lobby of the Mercer Hotel in SoHo. “I love Rosie, but I was like, ‘I would bite someone’s head off to do that!’ “ In her tryout scene, Quentin (Q for short), the neighbor played by Nat Wolff, confesses that he has loved Margo for years, even though he has primarily observed her escapades from across the street. “You love me?” Margo answers. “You don’t even know me.” Mr.

Paper Towns, along with her role in next year’s DC Comics ensemble Suicide Squad, could take her on the rare path from the least conventional kind of celebrity there is (supermodel-cum-Internet personality) to the most conventional (Hollywood leading lady). Delevingne to deliver that line, but then improvise the rest of the scenario as herself, and the actress’s knowing ad-libbed performance struck such a nerve that both she and Mr.

Unlike a pre-2014 Woodley, Delevingne is already hugely famous, thanks to two things that are inextricably linked: her personality and her social media presence. After Paper Towns, she is set to appear in four other movies due for release in the coming year, including the adaptation of DC Comics’ Suicide Squad alongside Ben Affleck, Jai Courtney and Margot Robbie. “Also, youth; youth is the key to being skinny, if anyone knows that, which everyone does apparently, no one told me. No industry prizes glamour and perfection as fiercely as does fashion, and Delevingne has emerged as one of its brightest stars, with more than 40 magazine covers to her name.

Yet she poses for selfies while making goofy and unflattering faces, openly loves pizza and McDonald’s, and takes part in twerk-offs and “Harlem Shake” renditions backstage at fashion shows. She also adds that playing DC’s homicidal sorceress in Suicide Squad prepared her for the gun-toting, nunchuck-wielding role of Mother Chucker in Swift’s Bad Blood music video, which has clocked up close to 300 million views on YouTube in just eight weeks. There are more than 30 Twitter accounts named after her iconic eyebrows—the inspiration for a spike in eyebrow transplant consultations, according to one questionable tabloid report last year—and Delevingne follows many of them back. On a recent scroll through her Instagram account, you might find: a raunchy meme about her friendship with fellow model and reality star Kendall Jenner, which fans refer to as “CaKe”; a video of her quoting The Terminator and pretending to lick Arnold Schwarzenegger’s face from when the two crossed paths on a talk show; a picture of her joining pal Taylor Swift on stage during the pop star’s world tour; and a video of her using a lip-dub app to mime along to a song by Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé. “She’s very good at the Internet,” Green says.

That’s high praise coming from the author, who owes part of his success to the loyal Internet following he amassed through the YouTube channel he started with his brother in 2007. It’s true that Delevingne is aligning herself with the kinds of projects that have launched Hollywood’s current class of young, in-demand actresses: young-adult adaptations, superhero movies, blockbuster franchises. Delevingne is “the real find of the film” and that “on the evidence of her work here, this striking actress is here to stay.” Margo’s creator, John Green, wrote via email that the actress “captured the disconnect” between Q’s image of Margo and her image of herself. “She understands better than anyone I’ve ever known what it’s like to have people look at you and think they know you when in fact almost no one is actually listening to you,” he said. “I do think Cara and Margo both deflect and distract.

Emma Stone graduated from teen fare like Superbad and Easy A to become Spider-Man’s girlfriend before she took on Birdman, while Jennifer Lawrence went from the X-Men universe to The Hunger Games before becoming an Oscar-winning muse to David O. Her mother, Pandora, is working on a memoir about her long-term heroin addiction. “I went through so much therapy as a kid, and I hated it, and because you get so used to saying the same thing over and over again, it just becomes a story,” she said, adding later: “I always wanted to act, from when I was 4 years old.

Relatively short for her industry at about 5’8”, Delevingne can walk for high-end brands like Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana, pose for the more affordable Topshop and Zara, take part in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and star in DKNY’s 2015 spring menswear campaign. Delevingne made her modeling debut in a Vogue Italia shoot with Bruce Weber at the age of 10 in 2003, signed with the prestigious Storm Model Management in 2009 and took home Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2012 and 2014.

Delevingne — known for making faces and sticking her tongue out — the “Charlie Chaplin of the fashion world.” “Modeling was never a dream of mine,” Ms. In 2009, Vogue editor Anna Wintour acknowledged that actresses were replacing models as magazines’ go-to cover stars as the next generation of models resisted the scrutiny their predecessors faced. Five years later, Delevingne, flanked by fellow models Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss, made the cover of the American edition’s September issue with a cover line heralding the arrival of “the Instagirls” who fashioned their own brands via social media. Green calls her the most charismatic person he’s ever met. “[German sociologist Max] Weber said there’s charisma of office and charisma of personality, and maybe all supermodels have charisma of office the way all popes have charisma of office, but only some popes have charisma of personality,” he says. “Cara has tremendous charisma of personality, in the Weber sense. She’s one of those people who has such a good understanding of other people that she’s able to navigate the world via her empathy.” On set in Charlotte, just a few days before Paper Towns wraps in time for Christmas, Delevingne is as elusive as the vanishing Margo.

Delevingne was offered the typical roles that go to moonlighting mannequins: “the part of a Swedish model or an English one, where I die all the time, or stupid girls in, like, ‘American Pie 27’ “ who performed gratuitous sex acts. “It felt crazy to turn down roles because I thought I’d do anything to be an actress, but I realized my dignity’s more important than that.” Her first screen role, as a princess in “Anna Karenina” (2012), was the equivalent of playing the tree in the school play. “I didn’t speak and spent hours getting into hair and makeup for this big wide shot,” she said. “I got so nervous. Throughout our conversation, she fidgets with her phone, hums along to the Enya song playing over the speakers, eats a dinner of mostly meat out of a Styrofoam container and makes intense but infrequent eye contact, even after the stylist is done with her hair.

Delevingne was so thrilled to record an audition for a gritty role in an adaptation of Martin Amis’s novel “London Fields” that she cried when she got the call. She speaks in Margo’s American accent until about halfway through our conversation, when she remembers she doesn’t need it for what she’s about to film and switches back to her British one. Delevingne did get that part, along with supporting roles in “Pan,” “The Face of an Angel,” “Tulip Fever” and “Kids in Love” (not to mention a job swinging nunchucks in Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood“ video). Delevingne says her accent work was the easiest part of her first big movie—so easy, in fact, that she couldn’t switch it off during her first-ever American Thanksgiving that fall.

She spent the holiday with Kate Hudson in Los Angeles, where the two stars choreographed a dance routine to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and captured it all in a four-part Instagram series. Delevingne has booked her next lead in Luc Besson’s big-budget science-fiction “Valerian” and has recently been playing the supervillain Enchantress in David Ayer’s DC Comics 2016 tent pole “Suicide Squad,” for which she has prepared by silently imagining ways to kill her friends. “I’ll be in a group of people, thinking as this evil, twisted woman, of people exploding, or cutting them up,” she said, curling her lip into a comical snarl, before breaking back into a grin. “It works.” This month, Ms. She will continue to model, but selectively. “I love saying no,” she said. “Before, I didn’t, and it took a huge toll on my health and happiness.” With “Paper Towns,” her romantic life has become a matter of even more intense public scrutiny. Delevingne, who said she found the protest flattering, though she saw “nothing malicious” in the article itself, said: “My sexuality is not a phase. Modeling was just something she started doing to pay for drama school and travel after the mother of one of her boarding school classmates, Sarah Doukas—the same woman who discovered Kate Moss—signed Delevingne to her agency when Delevingne was in her late teens.

Delevingne said she hoped to follow in the footsteps of Charlize Theron, who also began her career as a model. “People can put you in whatever box: model, whatever,” she said. “But if I just keep going and actually do it well, which I hope I can, then I hope people will give me more movies — and I’ll win an Oscar!” When the part ultimately went to Mia Wasikowska, she was devastated. “That was the worst rejection I’ve ever gotten,” she says. “I didn’t get over that for, like, three years.” So Delevingne put acting on hold, partly because she was still in school, and partly because, after she left school and her modeling profile rose, the roles available to her became less and less appealing. “Everyone tried to typecast [me] as the dumb blond model or the girl who gets killed,” she says. “I take what roles I do very seriously. Acting roles for women are usually less strong and, like, bleeding hearts.” Despite the hours she’s logged in front of fashion’s top photographers, Delevingne says acting and modeling are “completely different in every way, shape and form.” “With modeling, you have to know the way the camera is, [how to] do angles,” she explains. “When I first started modeling I wasn’t aware of the camera at all. There’s a tattoo on the bottom of Delevingne’s left foot that says “MADE IN ENGLAND” in small black letters. (She has more than a dozen others all over body, including the word “BACON” on her other foot.) It’s not a badge of patriotic pride, but an act of protest. In 2013—the year she was named Google’s most-searched person in fashion and the most-reblogged model on Tumblr—Delevingne started getting fed up with that business. “I felt like a doll,” she says of the tattoo, which she unveiled—where else?—on Instagram in July of that year. “I just felt like a puppet that people could just use how they wanted.” The stress caused her to develop psoriasis all over her body, an unfortunate disease for someone whose day job requires looking flawless on camera.

The psoriasis cleared up when Delevingne finally took a break, but she decided taking better care of herself meant getting serious about her passions—the lifestyle that had made her famous was proving unsustainable. Because he hadn’t yet written the film’s script at the time of her tryout, Ayer made Delevingne read the part of Martha from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a character Delevingne had played before in a school production. Plenty of models have dabbled in acting with varying success, but only a few high-fashion stars (like Milla Jovovich or Diane Kruger) have transitioned into long-term acting careers, which gives the model-actress label a dubious connotation.

Delevingne recently told talk-show host Graham Norton that castmates have demanded to see her audition tapes because they didn’t believe she earned roles on her own merits. Some John Green die-hards weren’t thrilled with Delevingne’s Paper Towns casting, believing a supermodel was a terrible fit for a character described as curvy in the original book. “If anyone just thought I was trying to pad my resume, they can suck my”—she pauses to consider her word choice—”boobs.” She laughs. Because Margo’s onscreen disappearing act reduces her screen time, the movie needed to cast an actress magnetic enough to be missed, otherwise Quentin’s road trip to find her would feel hollow. It didn’t take long for producers to find that quality in Delevingne, whose efficient but memorable performance should leave audiences wanting more.

Green says the way she delivered certain lines during her mostly improvised audition was “terrifying.” Wolff, who had tried the same scene with many other actresses vying for the part, says Delevingne threw him off completely. Both actors were in tears by the end of the audition because the material resonated so strongly with them. “You always remember the first time you saw Julia Roberts in a movie—holy cow, what is it about her that’s so fantastic? Her high-profile friendships with pop stars Rihanna and Rita Ora inspire fanfiction and generate headlines, and she made tongues wag when it was first reported that she was seeing current girlfriend Annie Clark, the musician better known as St. Vincent. (Sample headline: “Two Perfect Women Allegedly Kissed.”) Delevingne admits her public image—zany wild child who dates rock stars and isn’t afraid to get weird—has likely contributed to her success, and informs how people view her work.

But that, too, lends extra weight to Paper Towns’ exploration of how being a canvas for so many people’s fantasies can be at once empowering and suffocatingly prescriptive. It’s not the first film to poke holes in the Manic Pixie Dream Girl concept (Kate Winslet’s character in The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind did so before the term was even coined), nor is it the final nail in the coffin (culture critics have been proclaiming the death of it for years now), but it is the rare film to explicitly ask its audience to reconsider what they really know about its star. Delevingne doesn’t mind if viewers miss the message, however. “I’m happy with them [projecting on me] because I’d rather them think whatever they want about me and not know me,” she says. Still, Delevingne says Charlotte felt like “a complete vacation,” a welcome change of pace for someone who describes her plane-hopping life as “kind of homeless” and says the thought of facing the paparazzi has occasionally overwhelmed her to the point of tears.

She read for pleasure. (She prefers nonfiction.) She spent a lot of time playing cornhole, a beanbag-toss game that became a frequent pastime of the cast, but would get bored and make up new rules. Because the young actors all lived in the same apartment building, they became especially close; several liken the experience to summer camp. “It’s been so nice just coming here and remembering we’re actually still so young,” she says. “All of us live in worlds where we all have to be slightly older. Yet she describes music as more of a personal hobby compared to acting. “I’ll always do music, even if no one listens to it,” she says. “Music is going to be a long journey for me. In June, Chic guitarist and disco icon Nile Rodgers said he hit the studio with her and was pleasantly “shocked” by the quality of the songs she played him.

She says she’s more or less done so already: she’ll devote half the year to filming Suicide Squad, and in December, she’ll begin work on the Luc Besson sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opposite Dane DeHaan. Delevingne gushes about her upcoming projects, but she seems surprised by how quickly she’s getting what she wanted—and unsure of what this new phase of celebrity means for her life. “With films, it’s planned so far in advance.

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