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  • Delevingne was born into financial privilege (her father, Charles, a successful property developer, and her mother, Pandora, a former socialite from a well-connected family, raised her in London’s affluent Belgravia neighborhood) and her current net worth is rumored to be $18m, so she’s not chasing financial security. “I’ve always had a good understanding of money because of my father,” says the 25-year-old. “He was always very respectful of money – not to throw it around, and not to hold on to it too much.”

    She’s not looking for mass adulation, either – she doesn’t understand the allure of fame. “It’s a game you’ll never win,” she explains easily. “It’s not something that you’re ever going to succeed at. People who want to be famous are never going to get to a place of ‘I’m proud of myself’.”

    And she certainly doesn’t need further accolades: as a model, she fronted campaigns for Chanel, Burberry and Saint Laurent before segueing into acting, scoring the villain role in last year’s Suicide Squad, the lead in the film

    “I didn’t feel like I was ever Good enough. The fact I couldn’t do as well as other People made me Hate myself”

    “If I fail at something, it’s the worst thing in the world because I never forgive myself,” Cara Delevingne says thoughtfully. It started at school. “I didn’t feel like I was ever good enough. The fact I couldn’t do as well as other people made me hate myself. And you’re made to feel that once you get a mark, like a ‘C’, that’s your mark in life; that’s you as a human being. That really sat with me for a long time.”

    Such censure makes her latest venture – she has written a Ya book, Mirror, Mirror, published next week – all the more surprising. It seems a pretty high-risk exercise for an academically insecure model-turned-actress given to emotional self-flagellation.

    So, why do it to herself?

    Previous page: Dress by Proenza Schouler; boots by Giuseppe Zanotti
    This page: Blazer by Saint Laurent; all rings throughout Cara’s own

        
    Credits

    Words: Emma Sells. Fashion: Jessica Steuart. Photograph: Bruce Anderson

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