Cara Delevingne On Being Treated As A Mannequin & Why She Wouldn't Let Her Daughter Be A Model

By Emma Spedding - 4 December 2014

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[Instagram: Cara Delevingne]

[Instagram: Cara Delevingne]

 

When it comes to interviews, Cara Delevingne has followed her role model Kate Moss, rarely giving a tell-all interview. But this weekend, we've been treated to a brand new Cara chat. The 21-year-old catwalker sat down with the Guardian's Alexis Petridis to talk about why she doesn't want to be a model forever, the scary side of being a celebrity on social media and why she wouldn't let her own daughter be a model. This is a Cara Delevingne interview, so of course she also chatted about her tattoos, acting and music. Read below to find out what Cara wants to do to the paparazzi and what her 'Made in England' tattoo really means...

  

[Instagram: Cara Delevingne]

Cara on how Twitter and Instagram can be scary...

"I was just in Scotland, and they knew: 'Oh, you were in Inverness this weekend.' I was like: 'How did you know that?' and they said: 'Because someone who was in the bathroom with you tweeted it.' It's just creepy, things like that, someone in a bathroom stall. When I was growing up, I was fans of so many people in music and acting, but it's a different kind of fandom now, it's like they're obsessed. They find one person they obsess over and they follow them – they have to know everything about their lives, because you have that access, Instagram and Twitter, you can literally be a part of their lives. So they get one person and that's it. It's really changed things. It's kind of scary really."

What her tattoo 'Made in England' really means...

Cara said: "You're looked through, you're not looked at, you are treated as a kind of mannequin. I got a tattoo saying Made in England above my foot to represent that, that I felt like a doll for so long. Because you are just a kind of puppet, you know, entertainment. You kind of feel that you need to have no soul really, to do that job, a little bit. But then it gets better and people actually want to hear your opinion and it's the most shocking thing in the world when that happens. It all changes: 'You used to treat me like shit and now you suck up to me.'"

[Instagram: Cara Delevingne]

On dreaming of punching a paparazzi...

Cara said that she fantasises about one day punching a paparazzi: "I'd love to, I really would, I'd be so happy, I dream about it at night."


She stands up for being a 'non-model model'...

"As a model, I really stand for not being a model, if that makes sense," she says. "When I started, the whole idea of the model was very different, it was a bit stuckup. Not stuckup, but no one was trying to have fun, or not even have fun, but be willing to smile." When asked how she would feel if her daughter wanted to become a model she said: "I'd say no, if that's all she aspired to. You know, I get a lot of girls who say, I just want to be a model so badly. And I think: you can do better than that. I mean, look, I do love it, I'm not saying anything bad about it, I just think you can do a lot more. I was incredibly lucky to do as well as I've done, it's not easy, there's so many models go through so much shit, and it's just, if you have a brain, which everyone does, use it and try and do something else."

[Instagram: Cara Delevingne]

On starting her pop career at age 16...

Cara said about her pop career: "I guess he [Simon Fuller] went through all the models and wanted to see if anyone had any, like, other talents. I recorded a lot with him. What upset me most was that I wasn't there for the production of it, and that's really important to me."  She still dreams of a music career as she said of her music: "It's all very … it's usually quite jazzy, quite soulful ... My voice is very husky. It's always about emotions. Well, usually anyway. I'm just not into happy-clappy pop. Unless it's happy-clappy pop in a good way."

On her signature style...

"I always wear the same frigging things, jeans and leather jacket and a beanie and some trainers. Even at school, some people were always like: 'Oh, you can't wear the same outfit twice in a week", or whatever, and I was like: 'What? It's just clothes.' It really is just clothes."

Take a look through the gallery below to see Cara's greatest style hits...

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