Why WeLove Cara Delevingne

The supermodel is shaking up the industry by breaking all the rules

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Cara Delevingne at the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17. Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images. Video: Perfect 10.

BY: Jamie Bufalino

More than the exquisite angles of her face, those hypnotic blue eyes and her lust-worthy body, it’s Delevingne’s seductively playful persona that has made her a supermodel on the catwalk, a social media phenomenon (she’s got 27.3 million Instagram followers) and a burgeoning movie star (with six film projects coming out this year and next). In everything she does, Delevingne, 23, unleashes the kind of goofy hyperkinetic energy that led Karl Lagerfeld to praise her as “the Charlie Chaplin of the fashion world” and forced fellow model Karlie Kloss to own up to being jealous of Delevingne’s ability to “make anyone fall in love with her.”

But Delevingne isn’t just interested in having people idolize her from afar. She wants them to know the real her, which is why she’s been so shockingly open about her personal struggles. She’s talked about her battle with depression during her teenage years. “School was a nightmare for me and life felt awful,” said Delevingne, who grew up in London and whose mother has had an ongoing battle with heroin addiction. “That’s when I discovered that acting was my only way to feel alive.” She has revealed that the pressures of modeling induced a self-hatred of her body, and has called out the industry for being “horrible” and “disgusting” in the way it treats young women. She’s even been open about her drug use. “I don’t think I did anything different from other people my age,” said Delevingne, who simply can’t relate to that old maxim that your body is your temple. “I say, ‘My body is a roller coaster—enjoy the ride.’”

Delevingne has also been refreshingly candid about her fluid sexuality. She’s currently dating the Grammy winning musician Annie Clark (who goes by the stage name St. Vincent) and credits the relationship with changing her worldview. “I think that being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I’m feeling so happy with who I am these days,” she’s said. Still, Delevingne admitted to Vogue that she has “erotic dreams only about men. I had one… where I went up to a guy in the back of a VW minivan, with a bunch of his friends around him, and pretty much jumped him.”

Ultimately, it’s Delevingne’s willingness to remain doggedly authentic, to live life according to her own rules and to push the boundaries of what it means to be a modern celebrity that makes her a PROVOKR darling. “I find that always watching what you say in public is a huge waste of time and a really horrible way to live, because it’s so restrictive,” she has said. “I know people who are very preoccupied with what they say and do, and try to say what the public wants to hear. I can’t live that way.”