We love to take a look into the homes and lives of our favourite models and celebrities, so when British model, designer and actress Poppy Delevingne invited Porter into her home to talk about her dream acting roles, life lessons, and her relationship with her sisters Cara and Chloe, we couldn’t wait to hear what she had to say.
In the first interview with the three sisters together, they open up about relationships and family life, how important the support they give one another is, and talk candidly about dealing with their mother’s mental illness. “We have all learned that addiction and mental illnesses are illnesses and I think a lot of people overlook that…” Poppy tells Porter.
Poppy describes Cara’s unique ability to ‘hustle’, something that has always inspired her. Poppy tells Porter, “She is such a doer Cara, she is so ambitious. She has always known what she wants and she’s a hustler. Sometimes I call her and I’m like, you need to help me hustle, and she is like, ‘Come on!’”
Read on to hear the secrets Poppy, Cara and Chloe Delevingne revealed to Porter.
(L-R) On Chloe: Gucci. On Poppy: top and skirt by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, necklaces by Aurelie Bidermann, and sandals by Michael Kors Collection. On Cara: blouse by Zadig & Voltaire, skirt by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, belt by Elliott Rhodes, hat by Lock & Co, and jewellery (worn throughout) her own.
Cara on how far she’d go for her siblings:
“Oh my God, it’s incredible to have these two. I don’t know what I would do without them, it would be horrifying. We have been through everything together. They helped bring me up. They taught me my love of music. We used to do dance routines to the Spice Girls, which we still do. I wouldn’t ever want to imagine a world without Poppy and Chloe. Put it this way, if one of them killed someone I would help bury the body.”
Poppy on the type of actress she hopes to become:
“Charlize Theron in Monster… I want to disappear completely into someone else’s skin.”
Poppy on life lessons and a happy family:
“We have all learned that addiction and mental illness are illnesses and I think a lot of people overlook that. What people don’t understand is that it is a chemical imbalance; it’s like a cancer, a sickness and people need to see it as that. So when people ask me, ‘Are you angry with your mum?’ I’m like, ‘No, there is nothing to be angry about.’ We all just want to be there for her. We’ve seen her struggle, she’s so strong for us and is such a love giver and just wants to be loved back, so we all give that to her, and that’s why my parents are still together and so happy.”
Poppy on witnessing her mother’s illness from a young age:
“There were tricky times. I was 12 when it all started happening, which is the time you really need a mum—getting your period, wanting to know what sex is about. Cara was six years younger. She slept in my bed for years. She would literally twine her body around mine when I tried to sleep. To have each other was just so, so vital.”
Poppy on saving babies “for last”:
“You know when you have a roast for Sunday lunch and you save the potatoes till last? ...Well, babies are going to be my roast potatoes and I’m going to have them last.”
Poppy on why her marriage is so solid:
“The wonderful thing about my husband is that we are very good at being independent… We’ve been together for nine years and for the first 12 months I lived in New York. I think a lot of people find that bizarre but it really, truly works for us. We sort of really savour each other when we are together, those moments are so special.”
On the Delevingne sisters: pyjamas by Olivia Von Halle.
Poppy on her struggle to break into modelling:
“I was about to give up… I’d been through six months of hard castings and nothing, then that [Anya Hindmarch’s campaign] came along.”
Poppy on her real “hero”:
“Chucky D [her father] is my absolute hero… When James proposed I said one thing you have to realise is my dad will always be my number one.”
Chloe on their natural sisterly bond:
“We all have the same moral guidelines… I would do anything for them. We are very lucky, the chemistry between us is kind of perfect. We have a three-way WhatsApp conversation going pretty much all the time.”
For the full interview, and to see inside Poppy’s chic West London home, buy the latest issue of Porter, on sale February 10, available in both print and online.