13 August 2013 by

Cara Delevingne On The Life Lessons She's Picked Up From Kate Moss And Rihanna And Why She Wanted To Be Hannah Montana

You can always trust Cara Delevingne to give an honest answer and this month the Brit supermodel, who turned 21 yesterday, has given a no holds barred interview to W Magazine. Billed as the 'Anti-Role Model', Cara speaks candidly about the stress of the spotlight, her friendships with Kate Moss and Rihanna and how her childhood ambition has shaped her career - here's what we've learnt from her latest editorial cover shoot...

1. She's not picture perfect

Despite being the face that launched a thousand advertising campaigns, Cara struggles with a skin condition called Psoriasis, which is exacerbated by stress. Unfortunately contrary to popular belief the life of a jet-setting model ain't easy. She explained, “It only happened during Fashion Week! Which is, of course, the worst time of the year for me to be covered in scabs. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, and I’m sensitive."

2. Kate Moss has got her back

Luckily help was at hand in the shape of veteran catwalker Mossy, who showed her young protégé shed loads of sympathy. Cara revealed, "Kate [Moss] saw me before the Louis Vuitton show at 3 a.m., when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs. She said, ‘This is horrible! Why is this happening? I need to help you.’ She got me a doctor that afternoon; Kate gives really good advice.”

3. She didn't want to copy Poppy

There's no question about whether or not Cara adores her older sister Poppy, but the aspiring singer and actress didn't plan on following in her sibling's footsteps as a model. She said, “Poppy was a model, and I never liked to do the same things my sisters did. After the Bruce Weber shoot, I didn’t think about it. I wanted to be either a musician or an actress.” 

4. But she did want to be Hannah Montana

Cara dreamt about being the next Miley Cyrus - “I wanted to be a Disney Channel star! I wanted to be Hannah Montana." Unfortunately her parent said N.O. to getting her an agent aged 12.

5. Tim Burton sparked her acting passion

Cara's next shot at fame was an audition tape for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. She didn't get the part, but did get the chance to meet the director, an encounter that she claims "lit a fire in me.”

6. She can take care of herself

CD receives plenty of stick for her wild partying ways, and she's getting a little fed up with all the mollycoddling: "People have to realize that I can take care of myself. I’ve done a great job so far.”

7. She gets lonely too

In a world where celebrities seem to chop and change their relationships on a weekly basis it's refreshing to know that A-listers can feel like lonely singletons too. Cara confessed: "I was just on holiday for three days in Greece with my sister, and I thought that would make me happy and relaxed. But when I stop everything, it’s really bad. I go crazy. In Greece, it was a lot of couples, and I felt alone, which made me sad.”

8. But luckily her friend Rihanna is a wise old bird

Who does Cara turn to when she needs a pep talk? RiRi of course! The singer gave her model pal her own take on surviving the craziness of fame. Cara said, “I called Rihanna. She said ‘It’s easy to drown yourself in work. That’s a form of escapism. So, if you’re alone and you want to cry, cry.’”

Check out Cara's finest fashion moments in the gallery below >>

Cara Delevingne at Club Monaco Garden Party in Eaton Square Gardens, London - 03 July 2014 

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Cara Delevingne wearing Mulberry at Serpentine Summer Party - 01 july 2014  

Cara Delevingne in Burberry Prorsum at the GQ Awards, London - September 2014

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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