When Cara Delevingne was 16 years old, she decided she wanted to be a singer and had an epiphany.
She had no idea that the lyrics to her song ‘My Name Is Cara’ would be sung about her body.
“I just wanted to make a statement,” she says.
Cara has performed nude on a stage at a number of shows, but when she decided to go full-on, she found herself in the crosshairs of the internet.
“A lot of people would be horrified if they found out I had a body,” she explains.
“But then I’d be like, ‘Oh my God, they’re just mad at me for being naked.’
And it just turned into a whole lot of fun.”
“I’m a sexy girl, I want to be sexy” Cara says.
She was also inspired by the women of Hollywood who’ve come out as trans, including Transparent star Laverne Cox, who came out last year.
She went on to start a new label called Cara Devevingne and in 2017, she released her first album, Body Talk.
“It’s my own personal brand,” she tells us.
“This is my own body, this is my body, my own life.
This is my life, and I want people to know that.”
Cara’s album was followed by the film, The Transparent Movie.
Now the singer-actress is back with a third film, Love & Friendship, which tells the story of a young man who gets involved in a sex tape.
“He goes through his transition, and he is still not comfortable,” Cara explains.
But, Cara is confident that this is the first time in his life that he’s been able to explore his innermost thoughts.
“As much as I love being a trans person, I think there’s a part of me that’s also in love with this beautiful person,” she laughs.
“When I was a child, I would cry when I was feeling rejected, when I had the worst days.
I had these dark days, and when I think about that now, I cry a lot.”
It’s a very emotional moment for the star of the hit TV show, but it also means she has something to be proud of.
“You can’t help but be happy,” she admits.
“Because that’s who I am, and that’s what I have to say, and if I say that about myself, it doesn’t mean I’m not true to who I really am.”
‘The thing that I’ve really enjoyed about my career so far has been that I feel like I have more freedom, more power, more control than I ever thought possible.
I have a lot more freedom than I’ve ever had before in my life.’
“I’ve really loved being a part.
I’m a pretty passionate, outspoken person,” says Cara.
I never thought I was that different, that I was this one who was going to be the one to make my way through. “
And when it comes to that, it’s something I’ve always had to learn.
Carac is the eldest of six siblings. “
If I had ever thought I could just have a whole life, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
Carac is the eldest of six siblings.
She says her mother, mother-in-law and stepfather were all abusive.
“They would call me ‘cotton candy’ because they thought I didn’t really have anything,” she recalls.
“My parents would take me to parties and they would make fun of me for liking dresses.
“I remember a lot of my friends would make jokes about my mother and my dad, and they’d be embarrassed, so it really was an unhealthy environment.””
The things I remember were that my parents would make me wear a dress, they would say things like, “What do you want to wear for your birthday, Carac?
“”I remember a lot of my friends would make jokes about my mother and my dad, and they’d be embarrassed, so it really was an unhealthy environment.
“I had to go through so much abuse because my parents were so controlling, and it made me question what was really important in life.”
The film is based on the true story of Cara, who says the abuse she endured is “the worst I’ve been through”.
But the story is far from over.
“For me, the film is a kind of personal narrative, a story about how I got to where I was, and how I was able to overcome so much of that,” she continues.
“We were just able to survive, and my mom passed away, so she left me.
But I’m still here.
I still have my parents, and even though I don’t have them anymore, I still love them.”
Caraci says her parents didn’t let her go, but they were still able to protect her. “What