In a society where a random YouTube star can become a world-famous sensation in just a number of hours, it’s no surprise that celebrities, models, and brand new It girls can pop up from out of nowhere to become our latest and greatest obsession practically overnight. Just take supermodel Cara Delevingne, for example. A few short years ago, only the most dedicated of fashion fans would have recognized the tomboy style–loving Delevingne by a glance at her face, let alone by her name.
But these days, you can’t flip through a magazine, tune into a live feed of a fashion show, or catch up on the latest red carpet ensembles without seeing Delevingne and her signature bushy eyebrows staring right back at you. And for good reason: Not only is the English model gorgeous, incredibly talented, and quite possibly a diva in training (just look at those Vogue interviews about Delevingne napping on set as proof... ), but the little lady has already developed a killer sense of style both on the street and on the red carpet.
And while just one glance at Delevingne's Instagram feed will reveal her edgy, wild-child style and tendency to dress down as often as possible (she loves a good t-shirt moment), the birthday girl — who turns 22 on Tuesday — has also proven that she can clean up pretty nicely when she wants to. So to celebrate her special day, let's take a look at 11 times Delevingne has looked mighty fancy on the red carpet.
1. At the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party
It's amazing how sophisticated Delevingne can make a bare face, black Mulberry maxi dress, and quilted tote look, isn't it?
2. At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
From the side-swept curls and deep red lips to the sparkling, strapless Chanel Couture number, this is perhaps the most glamorous Delevingne has ever looked on the red carpet.
3. At the 2014 Royal Marsden Dinner
Not even a lopsided top knot and heavily rimmed eyes can make this Ralph Lauren stunner look anything less than elegant.
4. At the 2014 ELLE Style Awards
What's sexier: the high slit and plunging neckline on this vintage dress, or the attitude with which Delevingne is wearing it?
5. At the 2013 Animal Ball
The black Burberry gown may be a little plain, but that amazing fascinator would make even Kate Middleton jealous.
6. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
You can practically hear the model sizzling in this unbelievably sexy, lace-trimmed Burberry gown.
7. At the 2013 Met Gala
Sporting a down-to-there, studded Burberry gown, Delevingne nailed punk fashion in the most glamorous way possible.
8. At the 2012 British Fashion Awards
It's a simple look, but the It girl absolutely shines (literally) in this metallic Burberry Prorsum mini.
9. At the 2012 Le Bal
Showing off her boho-chic style with ease, Delevingne practically floated down the red carpet in her printed and breezy Emilio Pucci number.
10. At the 2012 amFAR Cinema Against AIDS Event
Even her lackluster hairstyle can't detract from how gorgeous the model looked in her revealing emerald green gown.
11. At the 2011 Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards
Though the black boots, clutch, and belt give a little edge to this ensemble, there's no denying that her glittering gold gown is so fancy (just ask Iggy Azalea).
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