You may have noticed that Cara Delevingne has been sporting a smooth-headed new look lately. It's well known that she buzzed off her all her hair for her role as a cancer patient in the upcoming film, Life in a Year, but who knew that it had all been her idea? In fact, plenty of people tried hard to persuade her not to do it.
"Before I even got the project, I said to the director, 'I want to shave my head for it,'" she said at the Magnum x Moschino event in Cannes on Thursday. "My agents and managers were like, 'Please don't! Why would you do that?'"
But Delevingne wouldn't be swayed by others' opinions on how it would look or potentially affect her career. "When it's a part like that, especially when it's about cancer," she said, "I needed to feel what it would be like to have no hair. The way you look, I think, it's so important to feel beautiful, no matter if you have hair. It doesn't matter at all." In fact, the transformation proved to be "one of the most liberating things I've ever done. I really like it a lot. It's been really amazing."
The things I fear most, those are the things that I go for.
Taking the road less traveled and facing up to intimidating issues is Delevingne's personal signature, she explained. "I think that's my way of living. Constantly just doing everything: The things I fear most, those are the things that I go for. The challenges that come up ahead of me, whether it's the pressure I put on myself or that I have around me—it's all about being ferocious and fierce and going for what you want, and not listening to what other people think. Let your beast out, let your animal out. We're all animals."
Talking about animals was especially on topic, as Delevingne was at the event to discuss her collaboration with Jeremy Scott on the short film he directed, Release the Beast. Scott's label Moschino teamed up with Magnum for the film, which stars Delevingne enjoying plenty of ice cream, while promoting Scott's new line of Moschino bags featuring wild animals.
Delevingne isn't one to shy away from the collection's concept of setting the inner wild animal free. Expressing herself in a real way through personal style is vital to her, she said. "We all are so different and unique, and we learn so much from each other because of that," she said. "I think, with style, most of the time I like to be comfortable and wear tracksuit bottoms and not any makeup and not give a toss, like I think the rest of us do. But my favorite thing is also to dress up and feel beautiful." As for her take on fashion, it's always evolving: "I think it's important to feel beautiful no matter what you wear, and to keep pushing boundaries, and testing the limits of fashion. I think fashion is so incredible and it's changing so much. You can choose from so many different eras of fashion—it's a real art."