Cara Delevingne is not afraid to take daring risks on the red carpet. For example, one year she attended the Met Gala with basically an entire forrest painted on her body. Two years later she showed up with a silver paint job in place of hair. But while she has a history of making aesthetic statements, it was a small detail she wore to sit front row at Dior’s latest runway show that may be her riskiest aesthetic choice yet.
At first glance, her outfit was pretty standard attire to wear to wear a Dior show, in that it was standard Dior (she is the face of one of the brand’s skincare lines after all). She wore the brand’s popular logo-band undergarments under a chic navy suit, wool coat and pageboy hat, looking every inch like creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s woman.
So, what’s the big deal? Well, you’d have to look a little bit closer. As in directly into her ear.
Yes, Delevingne has clearly had some sort work done along her antihelical folds (and yes, the new ridges are visible in both ears). If you felt something about Michael B. Jordan’s scars in Black Panther, this is almost sure to make you feel even more that sort of way.
So, what, exactly, has she done? Well, it appears pretty obvious that the ears are a prothetic, rather than some kind as opposed to surgical body modification. After all, Delevingne does have ear tattoos that were present when she walked the runway at Burberry, which appear to be covered up here.
There has been some speculation that the eye-popping ear enhancements could be part of her character costume for the upcoming television show Carnival Role. Delevingne plays a fairy in the supernatural-themed series, though a few paparazzi pictures that leaked out last September during filming of the pilot are a bit too blurry to confirm what’s happening in her ear.
Or perhaps it’s nothing more than a deliberate style statement, and it would make sense. More than ever, celebrities are using wigs and makeup to several alter their appearance for an appearance. Meanwhile, we’re all altering our natural looks with filters and Snapchat overlays, so it only seems natural that embracing some low-key prosthetics is a natural next step in personal style.