How British Model Cara Delevingne Is Taking Over Social Media

Laurent Francois Co-founder & exec. creative strategist, RE-UP

Posted on January 1st 2014

How British Model Cara Delevingne Is Taking Over Social Media

2013 was definitely a big year for Cara Delevingne; she was basically everywhere, and as Fashion Gone Rogue explains, "when the British model isn’t posing for pictures in fashion glossies, she is fronting campaigns for top brands like Fendi, Mulberry and Saint Laurent. Cara has also appeared on covers for top magazines including W, Vogue China, Vogue Japan and more".


Instagram of Cara Delevingne

As we've described before, she created "LOL Fashion", a mash-up between style and pop culture, which is extremely relevant when it comes to shaping ties with a broad audience: she's very identified, you feel that know what you're going to get when you follow her. She is an extremeley interesting case study for any brand who's trying to go "social."

Becoming the culture, then becoming the media

The young Brit was one of the very first models to understand the power of social media. She's not only a cute face, she's also a cultural engine with her own rituals, tone of voice, crews and mottos. When a girl like Miley Cyrus has to go further and further in provocation to trap the traditional media addiction to "buzz," the lovely Cara Delevingne leaves little by little cues of interests, sparks of creativity, cultural elements to her growing fan-base. She does not have to die for a buzz: she's at the very center of an organic attention among a wide diversity of stakeholders: media, of course, but also youngsters and the indie creative scene. She then becomes legitimate to talk about a lot of topics (hip hop, dance, fashion...)...while it's becoming legitimate to curate what Cara Delevingne has to say.

Translating her essence in every digital channel

Few years ago, PR teams would have forbidden a model to try to sing: too "confusing", too risky. In the case of Cara Delevingne, the phenomenon does not fear to try new ways of expressing herself. When she sang with Will Heard 'Sonnentanz', she did not pretend to be the next X-Factor: she just explores a new territory... and surprises both her followers but also brand new communities. In a time when you buy "talent" aka personality more than a cute face, it's good to tell the world that you're not just a coat rack.

Be daily

Many top celebrities aren't accessible at all. They're like mirages or wonders, spotted by strange paparazzis in strange islands. Cara Delevingne never hides: after a catwalk, the Topshop-generation follows her and take selfies, she's surrounded by an army of MoFa, mobile fans, and embedded journalists and editors. Does this proximity destroy her "bankability" or "premiumness?" Not at all. She just creates empathy, on a daily basis.

Social media mechanisms are dramatically changing: brands, you should listen at this new vox populi who mixes daily poetry without compromising her media power.


Laurent Francois

Co-founder & exec. creative strategist, RE-UP

Laurent runs a creative & digital agency in London, RE-UP.

RE-UP develops strong social media strategies for clients like L'Oréal, Clarins, or Nestlé but also for start-ups in the tech industry. 

Laurent also teaches Digital Marketing & Strategy in diverse business schools (ESCP Europe, ECS etc.).

Laurent was the first head of 360° Digital Influence in Europe (now Social @ Ogilvy), operating for clients like Lenovo, Vodafone, Tom of Finland or French government. He then created a business unit dedicated to social media revenue in one of the main media groups in France.

Laurent blogs on fashion on Hit Bag and Le Boulevardier

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Adriana Flores Bernal
Posted on January 2nd 2014 at 1:40PM

Hi Laurent, I found your article so eye catching I've reported at my blog, I read your profile and youre content generation as your career it's very interesting and related to my blog topic. I just became your follower ;)

Posted on January 2nd 2014 at 4:29PM

I like the perspective and the point of view. It seems to me the corporations do the same but within their own context and relationship with consumers (at least most of my clients do.) However, her control of her persona in all the media is refreshing and I agree the right way and will be copied by others. She seems to be creating her personal brand on the fly. A very interesting piece.

Posted on January 3rd 2014 at 9:27AM

mobile fans, and embedded journalists and editors.