Cara Delevingne Reveals The Real Reason She Skipped The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

After re-dedicating herself to modeling, Cara Delevingne finds that she still has her options open to her and that can be both a blessing and a curse, especially when so many fashion industry shows coincide with one another. While Cara did make a point to jump to Victoria’s Secret’s defense over a body shaming rumor and accepted an open invitation from the fashion house to walk their runway, Delevingne was noticeably absent fom this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and everyone has been wondering why. For fans too curious to dismiss the fact that Cara missed out on the show for the second year in a row, they need only look to Delevingne’s social media accounts.

Cara Delevingne Missed Another Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

As Elle reports, there has been drama over Cara Delevingne’s relationship with Victoria’s Secret, since the last time she walked the runway at one of their fashion shows and the friction seems to continue, even in spite of a mutual admiration. In November, Edward Razek, CMO for Victoria’s Secret, issued a statement in response to rumors that the fashion company had body shamed Cara Delevingne and had declined to let her walk the runway at last year’s fashion show.

Denying any truth to the rumors, Razek’s statement clarified that Delevingne had already been invited to model in the fashion show and, where gossip suggested body shaming remarks had been made to Cara at a casting call, Razek pointed out that no casting call had even been declared necessary. Basically, Ms. Delevingne just had to show up.

The statement closed with an offer to Cara, openly inviting her to model at any Victoria’s Secret fashion show, including this year’s event. It seemed everything had been ironed out and in a public forum, so there could be no further miscommunication.

Delevingne never responded to reveal whether she planned to show up for the Victoria’s Secret event or not, though many of Cara’s fans and friends seemed to assume she would be there. When the Victoria’s Secret 2016 fashion show debuted in Paris on Wednesday, Ms. Delevingne was nowhere to be seen. Fans might have expected Cara to pop up in another fashion show or on the set of a new film, but nothing could be further from the truth.

A glance at Delevingne’s social media accounts reveals that the model turned actress is away on vacation with family and friends. Cara showed up in a picture on her sister Poppy Delevingne’s Snapchat. Along with more family and friends, Ms. Delevingne was awaiting a flight to the Maldives for a short vacation.

Cara Delevingne Wants Women To Start Supporting One Another

Before Cara’s absence from the Victoria’s Secret fashion show created a small mystery, Ms. Delevingne did attend Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year event and, following the awards banquet, she sat down to talk with Glamour’s Noah Silverstein. As the interview opened, Cara took the opportunity to reveal that she has always been an avid reader of the magazine and also expressed her appreciation to the magazine for hosting such a positive, reaffirming event for women.

Delevingne described the event as both inspiring and emotional.

“Ever since I started my career modeling, a lot has changed, but there’s so much that we have to do. Hearing those incredible stories [at WOTY] of what people go through, we all need to be leaders for the future of young girls, it’s so important,” said Ms. Delevingne. “They are the future! I met so many amazing women, like Nadia Murad and Simone Biles, and heard so many sad stories, but it’s also uplifting. It means there’s hope.”

In speaking of her career, Cara lists working with director Luc Besson on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets as a highlight in her career, because, even as a child, she says she has always admired Besson’s work. Adding to that, Delevingne says she never expected to come into acting in the way that she did, but she’s “very happy” that it worked out because acting has been a lifelong ambition for her.

Asked to draw comparisons, Cara Delevingne closed the interview by remarking that she’s found acting to be very different from modeling.

“It’s very different, only because modeling has felt like one part that I’ve played for a long time,” said Ms. Delevingne. “Obviously it’s slightly different depending on what brand it is, but acting is so different. It’s definitely a lot more of a cathartic experience, I get to learn a lot more about myself in that sense.”

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