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Cara Delevingne in Fendi’s AW13 campaign
Cara Delevingne in Fendi’s AW13 campaign

Cara Delevingne: follower count is not why I got the role

The model replies to critics who say she is only being cast because she’s popular on Twitter

Cara Delevingne was first thrust into the public eye as the new, young, model bossing the modelling world as the face of Burberry and occupying a strong position as Christopher Bailey’s darling. After her breakout she went from strength to strength, capturing the attention of Karl Lagerfeld, who’s religiously used her for shows and campaigns since 2012. On account of her unprecedented success, she raised eyebrows when she recently quit modelling to focus on acting.

Delevingne has a large social media presence, with three million followers on Twitter and five times that amount on Instagram. There can be no doubt that that amount of reach will help propel her acting project, market her projects and create awareness. But she’s unimpressed by the suggestion that her social media clout has anything to do with her landing roles in films.

While promoting her new film Paper Towns in an interview with the Press Association Cara Delevingne said “I work really hard and I don’t want anyone to ever think that this is a fluke or I got this because of my social media presence.”

Along with Paper Towns, Delevingne is also set to star in the highly anticipated Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer. But the actress hit out at anyone who believes that her follower count is getting her time in the room with directors. She said, “For me, if I got this part or I’m acting because of what I have on social media, I don’t want to do it.”

Watch a clip of her in Paper Towns below: