Cara Delevingne is showing her mettle. As a singer and an actor this one-time star supermodel has found her place in the universe. Ahead of her first blockbusting lead role in Luc Besson’s new sci-fi spectacular, GQ joins the French director for a journey inside the head space of this very British rule-breaker, who silenced self-doubt to unleash a talent that was never just skin deep.
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For our exclusive GQ cover story, director Luc Besson gets under the skin of sci-fi siren Cara Delevingne. Story by Stuart McGurk, Photographs by Mariano Vivanco
Hell-bent on reaching for the stars, one of the most famous faces on the planet blasts off.
“My boyfriend’s really into aliens,” Gigi Hadid tells me in a conference room at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida—a hairstylist, a manicurist, and a makeup artist tending to her like blue jays fluttering around a cartoon princess. It’s barely 7 a.m., and she’s running on four hours’ sleep, having flown in from Paris the night before. She’s wearing leather pants and a neon-orange long-sleeved tee emblazoned with lyrics from the latest single by said boyfriend, former One Direction member Zayn Malik. Hadid, 22, is perhaps the most famous model in the world. According to Forbes, she earned $9 million in 2016; she has more than 33 million followers on Instagram; and last year she was named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council. Having conquered runways, magazine covers, and print campaigns, Hadid is now designing as well, launching two capsule collections with Tommy Hilfiger and a boot collaboration with Stuart Weitzman. By Josh Duboff; Photographs By: Mariano Vivanco
The pop star channels Amelia Earhart in looks that are utilitarian, modern, and sexy.
Photographs by Mariano Vivanco
“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer. Amelia Earhart was such a dynamic force in her industry, setting multiple aviation records in her time. So it was a no-brainer for me to team up with Harper’s Bazaarin honor of a woman who held her own with the big boys.” — RIHANNA