Cara Delevingne – 28-year-old supermodel-turned-multihyphenate – has taken on a new role, that of documentary host on a wholly insular topic.
According to Deadline, the Belgravia-native will co-produce and host a "high-end" docu-series that is currently tagged with the working title Planet Sex.
The show will include everything from Delevingne throwing "herself into experiments conducted by world-leading sex labs" to the model visiting places where their understanding of sex and gender are far different than the traditional Eurocentric take.
Delevingne started filming the series earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic halted all productions. Filming is now back underway.
“I can only imagine what having a series like this would have meant to the 14-year-old me who struggled to understand feelings that were seen as non-conventional or different,” she reflected, reports the Mail Online.
“If our series helps one young person have an easier conversation with their parents, we will have achieved one of our many goals in making this series,” she said of the show, which will cover human sexuality, examining issues including relationships, sex appeal, and the popularity of pornography.
Having been linked to women such as musician St Vincent, Ashley Benson and Kaia Gerber in the past, Delevingne has often found her sexuality scrutinised by way of public gaze.
“I always will remain, I think, pansexual,” she recently told Variety, meaning that she’s attracted to all genders. “However one defines themselves, whether it’s ‘they’ or ‘he’ or ‘she,’ I fall in love with the person — and that’s that. I’m attracted to the person.”
A year ago, Delevingne accepted an award at The Trevor Project’s annual gala, reading a poem she wrote as a teenager and speaking honestly about learning what love felt like. She says that appearing on the cover of Variety’s Pride issue is something that her younger self wouldn’t have been able to grasp: “I wish I could have told my 16-year-old self that because honestly, I never would have believed it.”
Her new role, resplendent with frank and progressive takes on sexuality, will take her to places rarely held by queer people.
Television shows covering the topic are few and far between, with streaming sites such as Netflix laying the groundwork by way of Sex Education, Sex, Explained and Big Mouth.
Though the internet has certainly released the steam valve when it comes to a more honest and open discussion of sex, it's time television caught up.
According to the BBC, Planet Sex would explore key questions related to our gender, sexual orientation, relationships, the popularity of porn and more.
It would attempt to examine why some people are straight and some aren’t, and whether there was even such a thing as “straight”.
Jack Bootle, BBC Head of Commissioning Science and Natural History, said Delevingne was the perfect guide for Planet Sex.
“We’re in the middle of a new sexual revolution, in which the old rules of gender and sexuality are being rewritten in ways that some find liberating and others confusing," he said.
"Cara’s charisma, curiosity and lived experience make her the perfect guide to a subject that can be controversial but is always fascinating.”
Main image by @caradelevingne