Poppy vs Cara: which sister is the real star?

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Photograph: Yvan Rodic

Whilst Alex roots for Poppy, the underdog, Georgia fights Cara’s corner. Whose side are you on?

Poppy Delevingne (by Alexandria Dale)

I think it’s safe to say, any fashion lover will recognise the name ‘Delevingne’. However, most people probably think of Cara before they think of Poppy. Sisters Poppy and Cara Delevingne are both young British models taking the fashion industry by storm, their style as celebrated on the runway as it is on the street, or rather the red carpet. While Cara burst onto the scene, quickly labelled as the “model of the moment” and the “next Kate Moss,” six years her elder, Poppy has slowly been working her way up the fashion food chain and personally, I feel she doesn’t get as much attention as she deserves.

Especially in the past few months, Poppy has been killing it on the red carpet. She has an elegant and sophisticated style that she complements with minimal accessories and chooses often to wear her hair up, allowing her outfit to do all the talking. This was exhibited in the crimson-hued Marchesa gown with chic poppy flower appliqués she wore to the 2015 Met Gala. (Possibly a first to co-ordinate your dress with your name!) She stunned again at the Cannes Film Festival in a Burberry Prorsum sheer green number with whimsical and ethereal details. Even off duty, the model has proved her styling prowess and ensures she looks chic at all times. In an effort to dress casually, instead of opting for jeans and a t-shirt, the model has previously paired a backless navy blue maxi dress and glitzy clutch bag with a scarf and trainers, embodying the style of relaxed cool.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Cara Delevingne and think she is a fashion icon, but I have a real affinity for Poppy Delevingne. I too have a beautiful younger sister, who funnily enough is always being told how much she looks like Cara. And my sister, like her doppelganger Cara, is able to rock absolutely anything and look incredible in it. While Cara’s tomboy style and quirky accessories are celebrated, my own style resembles that of Poppy’s and makes her more of a style icon to me. Either way, excellent fashion sense, good looks and serious modelling credentials is clearly a gene in the Delevingne family.

Cara Delevingne (by Georgia Shepheard)

From the moment Cara was hailed ‘cooler than Kate Moss’, it was clear the fashion industry was in for a treat and a shake-up.

Unlike her sister, Poppy, whom appears as a product of high society, a typical, blonde Chelsea girl, Cara’s privileged roots are irrelevant to her identity. Cara appears so wholly disconnected from the reputation her rich, good-looking and well-connected family encourage and which inspires much jealousy that it might be more accurate to consider Cara a rebel against the lot she was born into. Simultaneously suggesting to her impressionable young fans that the Chelsea scene isn’t worth aspiring to and proving herself to be not only relatable but ‘too cool’ to even ‘act cool’.

For Cara isn’t about a public façade of pretentiousness, rather she’s down to earth and mischievous, something a mere glimpse at her Instagram account proves. From goofy faces, novelty onesies and beanie hats, the allure of Cara is that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. So what, she’s a model, that doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy a burger and post a snap of herself with a mouthful of fries like anybody else!

Her kooky, playful personality is reflected in her style too, for even when required to dress up, Cara’s style remains edgy and exciting. Exemplified in her recent Met Ball look, Cara was willing to take a punt on something unusual and spent eleven hours prior to the ball being covered in eye-catching body art. Tattoo artist, Bang Bang, even revealed that Cara had wished for the art to occupy much more space on her body but that time constraints prevented this.

On the other hand, Poppy plays it safe, perhaps even boring and wouldn’t look amiss amongst the cast of Made in Chelsea. Whilst you might not consider that a weakness perhaps, it is telling of how predictable Poppy’s Chelsea-girl look is.

Unlike Poppy, Cara has ambition and though it is easy to pigeon-hole celebrities, Cara’s drive is admirable. For, not content with being ‘just’ a model, Cara is ambitious to become an actress too and has gone about the transition with determination, landing herself a starring part in John Green’s ‘Paper Towns’. Proving herself to be more than a one trick pony, John Green even commended Cara for the way in which she deconstructs all the constructions we have of supermodels throughout the course of the film.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is, unlike Poppy, Cara is the whole package. She might be a supermodel but that doesn’t prevent you feeling like she is your down-to-earth, carefree best friend, with funny stories about nights out, honest fashion advice that will ensure you stand out and even career advice when you need reminding you ‘don’t want to be a cliché’. What you see is what you get with Cara; and that isn’t a Made in Chelsea extra, but rather a firework of unstoppable energy.