If you went gaga over last summer's The Fault in Our Stars, you're probably sure to enjoy John Green's latest book-turned-film Paper Towns. The story, though vastly different from TFIOS, has "favorite high school romance" of the summer written all over it, and I think it's safe to say most of us are equally excited about Cara Delevingne acting in her first major film debut as one of the lead characters in the story: Margo Roth Spiegelman.
I won't be spilling any plot spoilers here, but if you've read the book, then you know what Delevingne has to pull off to accurately portray Margo. But if my senses about Delevingne's personality are correct, then I'd like to go ahead and declare: Margo is pretty much the fictional (yet scaled down) version of Ms. Delevingne herself.
John Green, the author of the book and one of the producers of the film, has described his intent in writing Paper Towns as decomposing the idea of exalting the illusive "manic pixie dream girl" type, and you can tell from the film's trailer that Quentin Jacobsen, the other lead character, completely adores Margo in the most idolizing of ways.
It's Margo's casual ignorance of her own mysterious charm — and Quentin's infatuation with her — that makes her even more alluring to him.
It's difficult to imagine the Cara Delevingne you see on a runway to be Margo. She'd be far too out of reach from the local girl we know in the story. However, you can totally imagine a Margo who has chased after her dreams, becoming someone like the real-life Cara. And that's the great thing about Delevingne: You can actually picture her in a more normal setting outside her modeling gigs.
The kind of Cara that will be a great Margo is this one:
It's Delevigne in her everyday life that you have to think of.
But without further adieu, here are a few looks I hope the Margo Roth Spiegelman we see in the theatre this summer as portrayed by Delevingne rocks in the most amazing of ways.
Look 1: Sneaking Out For A Night Of Pranks
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“My heart is really pounding," I said."That's how you know you're having fun," Margo said.
I can't remember from the book exactly what Margo is wearing when she sneaks over to Quentin's house to draft him for her night of pranks on her so-called friends, but Cara Delevingne would look great in an ensemble that says "eff you all."
Margo would compliment a great punk style with plenty of black so she wouldn't be as noticeable in the dark. And, of course, she'd have to have a bag at the ready full of her pranking supplies.
Look 2: Ready To Take On The World After Leaving Home
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“To find Margo Roth Spiegelman, you must become Margo Roth Spiegelman. And I had done many of the things she might have done: I had engineered a most unlikely prom coupling. I had quieted the hounds of caste warfare. I had come to feel comfortable inside the rat-infested haunted house where she did her best thinking. I had seen. I had listened. But I could not yet become the wounded person.”
For this look, she'd need something comfortable for the road, and I always imagine her in t-shirts but in a way that makes tees look super stylish. She wouldn't need much, since she's such a free spirit, but she'd have her backpack packed with her journal, a map, and some cash.
Look 3: Life After Running Away
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“It is so hard to leave — until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”
This look is a product of my imagination when it comes to what Margo would wear after she leaves her hometown and ventures out into the big world ahead of her. It would be pretty awesome if in the film version of the story we got to see Margo's later life.
What her life would look like in New York City could very well be comparable to Cara Delevinge's real life exploits in the major cities of the world. But for imagination's sake, I'm pegging her as trying to leave the nonchalant version of herself back in Florida to become the "star" she desperately wants to be — with or without Quentin's approval or say.
Margo is a character who we see trying to become herself even when Quentin is trying to make her be this person he's always wanted her to be. So by the end of the film, I'd love to see her break out into the woman she truly wants to be.
Images: Temple Hill Entertainment; caradelevingne/Instagram; Courtesy Brands