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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Marc Jacobs fired Cara for being a "dwarf"

Published 18/06/2013 | 14:22

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Cara eventually walked for Marc at the Louis Vuitton Spring/Sumer 2013 show
Cara eventually walked for Marc at the Louis Vuitton Spring/Sumer 2013 show
Marc Jacobs described her as a "dwarf", but she looks long and lean on the catwalk
Marc Jacobs described her as a "dwarf", but she looks long and lean on the catwalk

The supermodel-of-the-moment was previously let go from a Marc Jacobs show for being too short.

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Oh how fickle the world of fashion can be; just back in March, when we met designer Marc Jacobs, he called model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne, who had recently walked in catwalk shows for both his eponymous label and Louis Vuitton, a "sweetheart".

However several season ago, he had banned her from appearing in his shows altogether because he thought her too diminutive (to put it politely).

The revelation comes from an interview given by Katie Grand, Jacobs's stylist-in-crime and close confidante, which explains her part in British-born Delevingne's stratospheric modelling ascent.

"I suppose it came about because we'd had a run-in with her in the train season at Vuitton a/w12," Grand told Sunday Times Style.

Grand explains: "I was trying to get her in the show, but it was the show in which everyone was very tall, and very long. I remember Marc looking at me and saying, 'Why is that dwarf in here?' and me being devastated."

Delevingne, then aged 19 - and a not-bad 5ft 9" according to her Storm modelling card - was promptly dropped on the spot.

"I apologised to her afterwards" says Grand, "and made up for it by casting the model in all her key shows and shoots."

Lo and behold, just a season later, Jacobs booked Delevingne for his mainline and Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2013 catwalk shows, and picked her to appear nude on his 'Protect The Skin You're In' T-shirts to raise money for skin cancer research.

Ironic, when you consider that petite Jacobs's wasn't first in line when God was handing out heights…

 

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