GQ published the following article on Friday 29th September 2017 on the first day of the Lady Garden Campaign 2017:
Poppy and Cara Delevingne on why men and women should speak more openly about vaginas
The sisters pose bottomless for the Lady Garden Campaign, to highlight the importance of knowing and talking about your and your partner’s sexual organs
By Becky Lucas
You may notice something unusual sprouting across Condé Nast’s stable of luxury websites today. Specifically, supermodels, actresses and one very famous make-up artist, including Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, Suki Waterhouse, Poppy Delevingne and Charlotte Tilbury, maintaining their modesty in creative, fun and very floral ways.
The purpose behind this celebration of free flesh and flora is to highlight an issue that doesn’t typically get discussed very openly in the UK: cervical cancer. Here Cara and Poppy Delevingne exclusively explain to GQ why they and their sister Chloe are involved in the Lady Garden Campaign, and what it stands for.
A collection of limited edition T-shirts will launch in Selfridges on October 5 2017, priced at £28 each with 100 per cent of profits going towards the Gynaecological Cancer Fund to fund groundbreaking research at The Royal Marsden.
Cara Delevingne on how her sister’s pre-cancerous cells inspired her to get involved
“I initially got involved as my sister Chloe is one of the co-founders, having experienced pre-cancerous cervical cells herself. But even if Chloe wasn’t involved, I’d still want to support what the Lady Garden Campaign is doing. It’s fun, but has a really important message which is very on point for me – that girls and women should be liberated from the social constraints which force us to try and fit into a mould.
“Whether that be a certain way to look, their choices about their futures or – as in this case – to speak openly and bravely about vaginas and all the gynaecological areas of a woman’s body. It’s a human right to know our bodies and we are so poorly educated. I hope by supporting the Lady Garden Campaign I will encourage women to be brave, get to know their own bodies and speak up!”
Cara Delevingne on why men should talk openly about vaginas
“This isn’t just a women’s issue. Men are losing their wives, sisters, mums and aunts to these silent killers. Diagnosis is key but in order to get early diagnosis we have to know our own bodies. I actually believe men and women should understand each other’s bodies as well as they do their own. Or at least be able to speak openly with each other. Particularly in the UK, there is so much shame about the areas of the body that are considered to be sexual. These areas are also functioning organs and if we start treating them as such we can all help each other to live more open and connected lives.”
Poppy Delevingne on what the Delevingne sisters call their vaginas
“I feel very strongly that women should be able to talk to each other more. Growing up I was always a bit shy when talking about that part of the body, even with my girlfriends. Vagina shouldn’t be a naughty word, we should be able to sing it from the rooftops without being embarrassed. Cara, Chloe and I have chosen ‘Nou Nou’ as our nickname as we think girls will be comfortable using that word. If we can get teenage girls thinking by introducing the topic in a fun way, then they will find out what this campaign is really all about: saving the lives of others with gynaecological cancers.
“It’s really important because these cancers are still very misunderstood. My sister Chloe was really lucky that she was studying medicine and was therefore well informed catching her cervical pre-cancer cells early, but most women are very poorly educated about their bodies. The Lady Garden Campaign can change all of that.”
Poppy Delevingne on how men have been involved
“I’ve been lucky to be involved in the campaign right from the start and we have noticed a real movement of men trying to get involved too. I know that Chloe and Mika Simmons, who founded the campaign, have heard tonnes of stories about men losing their mums and sisters to these gynaecological cancers. It’s quite simple – the lack of early diagnosis and subsequent high death rates of these cancers are deeply affecting men too… Hopefully this campaign will scratch the surface and open a more mindful conversation between both men and women.”
Photographer: Aitken Jolly @jollyvision
Make-up: Molly Stern @mollyrstern
Hair: Ben Skervin @benskervin
Nails: Adam Slee @adamslee_
Stylist: Elizabeth Saltzman @ElisabethSaltzman
Producer: Mika Simmons @MissMikaSimmons
Photographer: Greg Williams @GregWilliamsPhotography
Make-up: Christine Anderson from Charlotte Tilbury @CTilburyMAKEUP
Hair: Lucy Jones assisted by Sidné Sullivan at Larry King Hair @LarryKingHair
Stylist: Emily Evans @MrsEmilyEvans
Producer: Mika Simmons @MissMikaSimmons