Cara Delevingne Controversy: Cara Delevingne was a very successful model before she tried her hand at being an actor, singer, and “woman about town.” She walked for Chanel, Balmain, Victoria’s Secret, and more. She has been on the cover of almost every fashion magazine, including three Vogue covers in 18 months at the height of her fame, according to the Independent. In 2014, The Cut called her “the only truly modern supermodel.” This put Delevingne in the same line as Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Cindy Crawford, all of whom are famous names in the world of modeling.
Still, not everything about her rise to the top of Hollywood has been smooth. The “Suicide Squad” star is often in the news for all the wrong reasons. Her social media gaffes and occasional theft of fashion slogans get people talking just as much as her now-iconic eyebrows and modeling skills. “Every time I say something real, something I really believe, something that others might find controversial, something that makes people think and ask questions, I lose followers,” she wrote on Instagram after one round of criticism.
She didn’t like Coachella, but she really liked Beyoncé
Beyoncé has been in the music business for a long time. During that time, she has had a number of moments that felt like they “stopped the world,” as she once rapped. One such moment was Beychella, which was a performance at the 2018 Coachella Music Festival that changed culture and was later told about in her self-directed Netflix documentary “Homecoming.” Cara Delevingne, like many of us, was glued to that livestream. When the confetti settled, she went to Instagram to tell the world what she thought. “I am speechless. That performance made me cry and send chills up and down my spine “She wrote to thank Beyoncé for making so many girls around the world feel good about themselves. Does that make sense?
Her fans jumped on Delevingne and accused her of being hypocritical. Before the event, Delevingne was open about her support for the #NoChella movement, which called on celebrities to skip the festival because the owner reportedly gave money to anti-LGBTQ causes. Delevingne saw that people were saying bad things about a post that was supposed to be positive about Beyoncé. She used Instagram Stories (via Twitter) to clear things up. She wrote, “I still won’t go to a festival run by someone who is against LGBT people and for guns.” “I can put that man down and show how much I like an artist at the same time.”
After the online fuss, AEG, the company that owns Coachella, put out a statement saying that the donations were made by mistake. Billboard says that the donations against LGBTQ people are still going on as of 2020.
The ad Cara Delevingne did for Jimmy Choo came at a bad time
2017 was a big year for culture. The #MeToo movement started that year, thanks in large part to Ronan Farrow’s story in The New Yorker about Harvey Weinstein, a studio executive who used his power to force young actors to do sexual favors in exchange for movie roles. The New York Times says that Weinstein was finally found guilty of sex crimes in 2020, and that his conviction was upheld by a court two years after that. Cara Delevingne was one of the women who came forward to talk about their own experiences with the super-producer. The “Paper Towns” actress said on Instagram in 2017 that Weinstein had convinced her to follow him to his hotel room, tried to get her to sleep with a woman in the room, and almost forced a kiss on her before she got away. “I felt bad, like I had done something wrong,” she said.
In the fall of that year, the model was in an ad for Jimmy Choo called “Shimmer in the Dark.” In the short film, Delevingne walks around New York City at night, attracting the attention of the men she passes. Many of them catcall her and say nice things about her stylish clothes. As she walks by, a man shouts, “Nice shoes, lady!” Then there was backlash online. One viewer tweeted, “Harassment is the best way to say, “Buy me!” Hard no.” The video is still on YouTube, but Jimmy Choo took down his tweet that linked to it (via NME).
She talked about sexism in superhero movies
In 2015, before “Suicide Squad” came out the following year, the actress who played “Enchantress” talked to Empire about how she felt about comic book movies in general (via The Hollywood Reporter). “Superhero movies are completely sexist,” she said, pointing out that the costumes for female heroes often show too much skin. “Like that, no one would be able to fight. How the hell does Wonder Woman fight? In a minute, she would be dead “Delevingne added. (Remember that Patty Jenkins’s hit movie “Wonder Woman” wouldn’t come out for another two years, so Delevingne can be forgiven for not knowing how Wonder Woman defends herself in that movie!)
Fans of superheroes on the Internet didn’t like what was said, so they took to Twitter to speak out against what they saw as a slight to the genre. In response to a tweet about her comments, one fan said, “Personally, I think it’s meh to apply real-life social problems to a world where men can fly and shoot laser beams from their eyes.” However, Delevingne had her defenders, too. “They are sexist,” agreed one person on social media. “This isn’t anything new.”
It wasn’t about self-shaming
You can get shamed online for a lot of different things. Others try to keep an eye out for body-shaming, s**t-shaming, and age-shaming to make sure people aren’t made to feel bad about themselves. On the other hand, there’s also “woke-shaming,” which is an attempt to make people feel bad for being too aware of movements for social equality. But… self-shaming? Cara Delevingne did something! At least, that’s what her always-watchful comments section says.
The model-turned-actor posted a “inspiring” meme to her Instagram in 2017. You know the kind: a quote meant to make people feel good about themselves, the kind that sparked backlash like the Instagram account “Unspirational,” for people who are tired of getting their fake philosophy from memes. In Delevingne’s case, the post she shared was a black-and-white photo of a girl sitting and reading. The text said, “One girl loved reading so much that she forgot how to take a selfie.”
Followers didn’t like what the meme was trying to say, writing things like, “It is clear that the statement in the picture is meant to make women feel stupid for taking selfies.” It’s sad that women are shamed and judged for everything they do in their lives. When Delevingne saw how people were reacting, she changed the caption to say, “I’m not trying to say I’m better than anyone else. It’s a nice reminder of how important it is to lose yourself in a book.
Her behavior at the Billboard Music Awards confused fans
Cara Delevingne was seen acting weird with rappers like Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat at the Billboard Music Awards in 2022. Videos of the multihyphenate lying on the floor to take pictures of Doja, helping Megan stretch out her dress on the red carpet, and peeking at photographers went viral. The Shade Room says that she even licked her lips in an awkward way as she looked at the “Thot S**t” rapper.
Fans of the “Tulip Fever” star talked about her strange behavior online, and The Daily Beast wrote about her strange behavior around town, calling her “Hollywood’s weirdest and most unwelcome party girl.” People who follow celebrities online started making jokes about Delevingne all the time. For example, a tweet that went viral joked that she might be the blurry figure in a romantic moment between “Stranger Things” stars Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton.
One fan tweeted, “Can we ban Cara Delevingne from Hollywood?” with a link to a video that seemed to show the model trying to lick Azealia Banks while the controversial rapper was on stage. But in a series of tweets, the “212” rapper stood up for her friend. “I would hide Cara in my apartment for days at a time to make sure she got a good night’s sleep and real food,” Banks wrote on her page, which has since been taken down (via HollyMovies). “Cara and I did normal things like put on mermaid costumes, smoke spliffs, and take naps. That’s my girl from top to bottom, “she said the end.
She seemed to have stolen a sweatshirt design
Models usually wear clothes that belong to other people and don’t sell things themselves. Cara Delevingne, on the other hand, decided to give a gift to her Instagram followers by selling a shirt she got compliments on. Teen Vogue said that the model was first spotted in October 2015 wearing a shirt that said “The Future is Female.” A few months later, she posted a picture of herself and a friend wearing the same shirt to Instagram. She wrote, “A lot of you have been asking for one of these, so I decided to sell them and donate the money to Girl Up.” Girl Up is a foundation whose website calls it “a movement to improve girls’ skills, rights, and opportunities to be leaders.” One would think that this is a good charity to give to!
But people who replied to Delevingne were quick to point out that she hadn’t made the shirt, so it wasn’t fair for her to sell it without giving credit to the original designers. The New York Times wrote that the slogan has been around since the 1970s, when it was used on clothing to support a feminist bookstore. The version worn by Delevingne and her then-girlfriend, Annie Clark, was from LA-based designer Otherwild, who called her out on her Instagram post for stealing the design (via Refinery29).
Cara Delevingne’s Met Gala outfit got a lot of attention
In 2021, Cara Delevingne went to the famous Met Gala, which was themed “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.” She wore a white bulletproof vest with the words “Peg the Patriarchy” on it. Some people liked the outfit’s message, but the slogan caused a lot of trouble. Commenters on the Reddit page /r/AskFeminists said it was homophobic because the message made it sound like the sex act was “shameful, degrading, or emasculating.” “This idea is very dangerous to me,” the Redditor wrote.
Delevingne also got in trouble because the phrase was trademarked in 2015 by a queer woman of color named Luna Matatas. Matatas told Jezebel that she was not credited. The sex educator said that the classes she taught led her to the slogan, which “allowed me to take sex education and put it in a context of examining equity and how that affects our gender expression, how that affects our sexual interests, desires, behaviors, and safety.”
The original designer went into more detail about what the term meant on Instagram “Peg the Patriarchy is about trying to change things. Trying to change a system of oppression that affects both men and women and is kept in place by [white] colonial masculinity.” When Delevingne posted a picture of herself wearing the outfit on Instagram, people asked her to give credit to the original designer by using the hashtag #LunaMatatas. As of press time, she did not appear to have done so.
She said bad things about R. Kelly
Cara Delevingne watched “Surviving R. Kelly,” the 2019 miniseries by Dream Hampton about the many women who have said that R&B star R. Kelly abused them sexually. Billboard says that after the documentary aired on Lifetime, the singer broke up with his record label, Sony. A few months later, he was arrested on charges of child pornography and kidnapping (via NPR). According to the same news source, he was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking and could get a life sentence for his crimes.
When Delevingne was done with the show, she wrote about it on Instagram. “I can’t believe this has been going on for so long. “My heart goes out to all of the people he hurt emotionally and physically and their families,” the model wrote. “Stop separating art from the artist. Just because he sings like an angel doesn’t mean he is one.”
That seems like a pretty normal way to look at the situation, and a lot of people in Hollywood and the general public agree with it. However, R. Kelly’s fans were upset by the post, and they all stopped following Delevingne. The next day, Delevingne continued to speak out. She wrote, “I lost more than 50,000 followers after posting about @rkelly yesterday.” She said she wouldn’t keep quiet about the problem and that she didn’t miss anyone who had left. “Goodbye, silence and people who think like people from the past. Hello, confrontation and people who think ahead,” she said. “It will be a noisy year.”
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She is said to have had a relationship with both Elon Musk and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial in 2022 led to some shocking accusations and a lot of misogyny online, according to advocates like those in The Guardian. They fear that the way people joked about Heard online might make other victims of domestic abuse stay quiet. One of these shocking claims was made in a leaked deposition that went viral online during the trial, but it was never shown in court. The Daily Mail leaked the video, which said that Cara Delevingne was in a “three-way affair” with Heard and billionaire Elon Musk.
Josh Drew, who was married to one of Heard’s friends, can be seen in the video agreeing that “Amber Heard, Elon Musk, and Cara Delevingne spent the night together” while Heard was still married to Depp. The rumor brought Delevingne into the online uproar about the trial, as Page Six and other sites said she might have to testify about what really happened there. Musk told the same outlet that the whole thing was made up. He may have done this to stop too much talk about it. Musk said, “Cara and I are friends, but we’ve never slept together.” “She would back this up.”