16 June 2014 by

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

[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...

Cara arrives for a dinner hosted by the Duke of Cambridge on May 13th 2014

Cara Delevingne is seen at the after-party for The Costume Institute Benefit Gala in New York on May 5th

Cara Delevinge at the 2014 'Met Ball'

Cara Delevingne at the Burberry brings London to Shanghai event, April 24th 2014

Cara Delevingne at the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week, March 4th

Cara Delevigne walks the runway during the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week

Cara Delevingne leaves the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week, March 2014

Model Cara Delevingne walks in the run through for the Giles show on February 17th in London

Cara walks the runway at the Burberry Prorsum show in London

Cara Delevingne attends the Elle Style Awards 2014 in London

Cara Delevingne walks the runway at the Burberry Prorsum Ready to Wear in London

Cara Delevingne wearing Giles Ready to Wear at London Fashion Week 2014

Cara Delevingne on the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week, March 2014

London on the 13th of March in a Burberry suit

London on the 12th of March

London on the 12th of March

Paris on the 4th of March

Paris on the 3rd of March

London on the 18th of February

London on the 17th of February

London on the 7th of February in a Mulberry suit

London on the 14th of February in a Burberry suit

London on the 12th of February

London on the 10th of February

London on the 7th of February

Cara Delevingne at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in Rio - 4 October 2013

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at the Art of the Trench in Shanghai - 29 August 2013

Cara Delevingne out and about in London - 20 August 2013

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at the Animal Ball, London, Britain - 09 July 2013

Cara Delevingne at Barclaycard British Summer Time Concert, London - 06 July 2013

Cara Delevingne in a Matchless leather jacket, Le Specs sunglasses and DJ by Dominic Jones necklace at Glastonbury - June 2013

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at Met Gala – 6 May 2013

Cara Delevingne wears Hudson MOTO Skinny Jeans in black SELFRIDGES Exlcusive, Y-3 jacket and Le Specs sunglasses at Glastonbury - June 2013

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at The Great Gatsby premiere at Cannes Film Festival - May 2013

Cara Delevingne in Citizens of Humanity leather skinny jeans out and about in New York - April 2013

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at British Fashion Awards 2012

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Nov 2012

Cara Delevingne at the Victoria's Secrets Show Afterparty, Nov 2012

Cara Delevingne at the Leon Max launch party, Nov 2012

Cara Delevingne at Garage Magazine's Paris Fashion Week celebration, Sept 2012

Cara Delevingne at the Osklen afterparty, Sept 2012

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at Anna Karenina premiere, Sept 2012

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at The Serpentine Summer party, June 2012

Cara Delevingne at the Mulberry firepit party, June 2012

Cara Delevingne at the New Museum exhibition opening, May 2012

Cara Delevingne at Vertu's Live Debate Cocktail Party, April 2012

Cara Delevingne at 'A Dangerous Method' Film Premiere after party, Jan 2012

Cara Delevingne in Burberry at Women of the Year Awards, Nov 2011

Cara Delevingne at the UGG Australia flagship store launch, Nov 2011

Cara Delevingne at GQ Style / Carolina Herrera drinks, Nov 2011

Cara Delevingne at the Moet & Chandon Etoile Awards, Sept 2011

Cara Delevingne at Virgin Mobile V Festival, Aug 2011

Cara Delevingne at Vivienne Westwood's 'Get a Life' Palladium Jewellery Collection launch, Feb 2011

Cara Delevingne at Virgin Mobile V Festival, Aug 2010


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