“Carnival Row” star Cara Delevingne covers the September 2019 issue of Marie Claire magazine photographed by Thomas Whiteside.
September is Marie Claire’s ‘Obsession’ issue and to celebrate, Delevingne poses nude in an homage to Calvin Klein’s iconic 1994 Obsession campaign featuring Kate Moss. Inside her cover story, the 27-year-old actress and model gets candid about her role as an LGBTQ advocate, her history with mental illness, and her fierce attempt to stay true to herself despite living in the media spotlight nearly 24/7. She also opens up about her girlfriend, Ashley Benson.
On her upcoming series Carnival Row: “…the first [thing] I’ve done where I’m really full-blown acting.”
On why doing her own stunts for Carnival Row helped her performance: “If I hadn’t done them, I wouldn’t have been able to get there emotionally. Physicality to me is a very important way of expressing emotions.”
On her first meeting with now girlfriend Ashley Benson: “We weren’t looking for it. It was really just very authentic and natural.”
On gender stereotypes: “The whole idea of gender is so fixed. I just want to, like, explode it. I’m not nonbinary, but I feel as much man as I am woman.”
On sex education: “My mom decided to tell me that Father Christmas wasn’t real. And in the same conversation, she said, By the way, let’s talk about the birds and the bees. I was like, this timing is terrible.”
On finding her work and life balance: “Work to me was such an escape. I don’t like using it that way anymore. I want to use it as a platform, something where I’m not just running from my problems.”
On which musician she’s obsessed with: “I’m so obsessed with Billie Eilish. I just can’t.”
[Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside/Marie Claire Magazine]