The Week That Changed Cara Delevingne’s Life

Last week, I had one of the most incredible experiences of my life meeting South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. I was with Girl Up and UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, to learn more about the work UNHCR is doing to respond to the refugee crisis and help provide education for refugee girls. Girls forced out of their homes, girls who just want an education, girls who worry about being pressured to marry before they even hit puberty.

As a champion of Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s campaign to unite and empower girls around the world, I’m proud to raise awareness for their work providing thousands of refugees in Uganda and Ethiopia with access to education—but to see it in action, in the flesh, was moving beyond words.

Our week-long trip began with visits to refugee entry points in northern Uganda along the border of South Sudan. We actually walked across the same bridges as the 460,000 refugees (an average of 2,000 per day) who have entered Uganda in the last six months alone.

As we came back up from the river, we passed many people walking on foot, carrying all their belongings and children on their backs. Just thinking about how many people were doing that journey with so much stuff, and to be walking for weeks…you can’t comprehend it. Their strength is unparalleled. We talked with UNHCR partners and Ugandan government officials at the border who give refugees a hot meal, medical services, and transport to a settlement where they can begin to rebuild their lives again.

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By Cara Delevingne


Read more: An exclusive travel diary from Uganda, where South Sudanese refugee girls want nothing more than to learn.




Cara is on cover of Cleo Singapore Magazine for January 2017. I’ve added scans to gallery:




When it comes to millennial style icons you can’t do much better than Cara Delevingne. The actress-model has always had fun expressing herself with clothes. Whether stepping out in her low-key off-duty wardrobe of trainers and tracksuits, or delivering red carpet sophistication at her latest premiere, Delevingne plays with fashion and the expectations of her audience. “I think it would be pretty funny if I was wearing what I wore on red carpets every day in my ball gowns,” joked Delevingne at this morning’s H&M World Trade Center grand opening. “I like the extremes of [fashion] and I love being comfortable and confident in what I’m wearing.”
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Delevingne’s confidence has allowed her to test out a variety of looks. Burberry trenches, couture gowns, and sleek suits make up a portion of her closet, but so do affordable finds from her travels and frequent trips to inexpensive, accessible stores. Always on a search for great basics, Delevingne makes H&M runs whenever she’s in need of a fashion fail-safe. “For me, it’s always about those staple pieces, a pair of black skinny jeans, or these wicked Japanese-style bomber jackets, things that you can wear with everything,” says Delevingne. “They have everything and they cater to everyone, which is the wonderful thing about H&M.”
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Though she’s known for those casual-chic looks, she was never a mall rat growing up in England where high street shopping is the norm. “I’d never been to a mall before I came to America, really. I think Westfield was probably the first one that I went to,” she says. (She admits to fondness for the accessibility and snack options.) “I love to shop so I end up spending and getting a lot more—it’s a great way to spend your day, especially when you’ve got the right food.”
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Even with her newfound mall appreciation, she remains unafraid when it comes to upping the glamour quotient for a big event. Going for a complete 180 in dramatic dresses from Alexander McQueen or Chanel, she approaches each new runway look as if it were its own role. “When I’m getting dressed up it definitely feels like there’s a part that I’m playing,” says Delevingne. She preps for her big nights with a little help from her pals. “I love getting ready with friends, putting music on, and dancing around as we’re getting glammed up—being comfortable is fun as well. . . You put on a tracksuit, or sneakers and just chill and watch a movie.”
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Recently, both sides of Delevingne’s persona have been on display. Moving seamlessly from the runway to high-profile roles in hits like Suicide Squad she’s had plenty of opportunities to showcase her style. Even with premieres, openings, parties, and the business of being a rising star, her focus remains on the big picture. “Ever since I was a kid I wanted to act, so I feel extremely grateful and lucky to have the opportunity to be working with my idols,” says Delevingne, who just wrapped the sci-fi thriller Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with Luc Besson. “I just want to be able to carry on what I’m doing, inspiring young girls and giving back. Letting girls know that they can do anything they want if they set their minds to it and follow their dreams and never give up.”

Source: vogue.com




Cara is on new cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine Netherlands for December 2016. Check in gallery: