Cara Delevinge – Before She Was Famous
Before They Were Famous
Cara Delevinge – Before She Was Famous
Before Cara Delevingne co-starred in the 2016 film Suicide Squad as the role of Enchantress.
Before she left the modeling industry to focus on her acting after her breakthrough role in 2015 Paper Towns.
Before she came out as bisexual in a Vogue interview, discussing her relationship with musician Annie Clark, also known by the stage name St. Vincent.
Before she designed and sold a feminist sweatshirt and was accused of ripping off the design by the LA-based clothing company Otherwild.
Born in 1992 to a life of wealth in Hammersmith London, Cara Jocelyn Delevingne had all the opportunities and luck that a young girl could ask for. However, by the time she started school, she was diagnosed with a neurological impairment called dyspraxia, and later developed a deep depression that sent her through a cycle of therapists and medication. Eventually she dropped out of school to pursue a career in modeling, and was discovered by the CEO of Burberry. Modeling was a success for her, but not the job she had dreamed of, and it caused her a lot of stress. So she decided to pursue a career in acting.
Born in Hammersmith, London on August 12 1992, Cara Jocelyn Delevingne was no stranger to upper class life. Her mother was social beauty Pandora Anne Stevens, and her father was property developer Charles Hamar Delevingne. And the family success doesn’t stop there; she comes from a long line of executives, politicians, and even has a famous actress godmother, Joan Collins. She was raised in Belgravia, which is one of the richest districts in the world. You could say she had grown used to certain type of lifestyle.
Cara has two older sisters, one named Chloe who is a doctor in training, and another named Poppy who also entered the modeling industry. Her family was all about the high-class life of parties and horse racing, something Cara herself could never really get into. So she says. Because getting into all that fun rich people stuff is so hard.
Despite having it all, the road wasn’t totally smooth for Cara. She attended Francis Holland School for Girls in London as a child. While in school, she was diagnosed with dyspraxia, a neurological disorder that affects movement coordination. Because of this, school was incredibly difficult for Cara. While her sisters excelled, she was left in their dust, and in one too many psychologist chairs; and she was the worst patient ever, she literally tried to get every psychologist she saw to fire her as a patient. At the age of nine, she was told she had the reading abilities of a sixteen year old, but at sixteen, after years of the disorder, she was told she had the reading ability of a nine year old.
Not only was she dealing with her disorder, but her mother was a relapsing heroin addict. She had to grow up before her age and become a parent to her mother, and this did not help the depression that she was beginning to sink into. Just because they lived behind the white picket fence, doesn’t mean their lives were perfect.
After her time at Francis Holland, her parents sent her to Bedales, a posh boarding school that focused on the arts. There, she immersed herself in music and acting, but the depression and anxiety hit an all time low sometimes she would even bang her head against a tree to try and knock herself out, just to escape for a little while. She was placed on a variety of different medications, and even began self medicating by smoking weed. Eventually, she dropped out of school, promising her parents that she would find a job.
Now, Cara was not exactly new to the modeling scene; she had made a small appearance at the age of ten in Vogue Italia. In 2009, her best friend Genevieve Garner’s mother Sarah Doukas offered her a contract with Storm Management. She was the scout that had originally discovered Kate Moss as well.
But just because Cara had an in, didn’t make it any easier. She worked for a year before landing an actual paying job, and made it through 2 casting seasons without a single runway job. While working in the office of a fashion website, she was discovered by Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey, and he gave her the launch into stardom that she had been waiting and fighting for.
Her first catwalk appearance was at the 2011 London Fashion Week, where she modeled the Burberry autumn and winter collection. Later that year in September, she got the chance to open and close the show as she modeled the 2012 spring collection. From then on, the modeling jobs poured in, including gigs with Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, and Oscar de la Renta.
Despite a successful modeling career, her real passion was acting. She picked up a role in 2012 in the film Anna Karanina, and decided that acting was really what she wanted to do. Modeling had taken a toll on her, made her hate her body, and she developed psoriasis, which is a rash-like skin condition that gets worse with stress. She kept at acting and in 2015, co-starred in the movie Paper towns as the role of Margo Roth Spiegelman.
The movie ranked number 6 in the box office and pulled in over 12 million dollars on the opening weekend.
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