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Cara Delevingne is fed up of how we define beauty

The model-turned-actress lends her voice to the zeitgeist

By ELLE team  May 4th, 2017

Cara Delevingne is not here for your mainstream beauty standards. It’s no secret that we tend to associate beauty with long legs and longer hair. Over the past few years, fashion and beauty industries have broadened the definition of the term, but we’ve still got a long way to go. The supermodel-turned-actress is the latest to add her voice to the conversation.

Delevingne, who is playing a cancer patient in her upcoming movie Life in a Year, shaved her head in preparation for the role and debuted her look at the Met Gala recently. She wore a metallic Chanel number and sported her bald head covered in silver paint.  

Cara Delevingne Met Gala2

Spurred by the response she got for her edgy look, she took to Instagram to post a paparazzi shot of herself accompanied by a heartfelt note that questioned the basis of our standards of beauty. “Who are we? How are we defining beauty? What do we see as beautiful?” she asked in the post.

Cara argued that beauty is a societal construct and that even she found it exhausting to keep up with its ever-changing definition. In a previous post, the supermodel had attributed self-acceptance to being the key to becoming empowered.