The supermodel has come forward in support of a teenager who's battling deportation
Cara Delevingne is famous worldwide for her fierce runway walk, her stunning print campaigns and her ability to charm the fashion industry’s most elite designers.
Add to all that the fact that she seems incredibly laid-back and game for a laugh, and she easily tops our celebrity girl-crush list.
But we never thought of her as the type to get involved in a serious human-rights issue.
So we were, admittedly, a bit surprised when the 21-year-old British super tweeted in support of a student battling deportation.
‘The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, Home Secretary: #FightForYashika Stop this sixth form student being deported alone. She deserves a future!’ she tweeted on Sunday.
The person Cara is fighting for is Yashika Bageerathi, a 19-year-old student at Oasis Academy in Enfield. She moved to the UK from Mauritius with her mother and brother in 2012 to escape a relative who had been physically abusing her.
Yashika filed for asylum but her initial petition was refused – and because she’s legally an adult, her case is being considered separately from her family. She’s currently being held at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire and is facing deportation completely alone.
‘I’m very frightened because I’m all alone and I have no one,’ she said on ITV’s Daybreak. ‘My life is in danger there, Mauritius is no longer the paradise island that it used to be.’
The headteacher at Yashika’s school described her as a ‘law-abiding citizen,’ as well as ‘a fantastic student’ and a ‘role model.’ And it seems her peers agree.
Students at Yashika’s school started a Change.org petition to gain support for her, and it’s been signed by more than 50,000 people – including Cara.
Yashika was set to be deported today, but British Airways reportedly refused to allow her to board the plane. She has been granted a temporary reprieve, but her future is still unclear.
Deputy Principal, Zoe Thompson commented: ‘We are absolutely elated with this news but we are continuing to campaign as hard as possible to keep her in the country and allow her to finish her exams.’
There’s no doubt that Cara’s support helped shine the spotlight on Shashika’s plight. See what one little tweet can do?