A Guide to Cara Delevingne's Tattoos and Their Meanings

If there's anything we know about Cara Delevingne, it's that she's really dedicated to growing her collection of tattoos. The model has more than 20 pieces of body art that she's spent the last several years accumulating from famed tattoo artists.

Recently, Delevingne showcased a coverup of a tattoo done by Italy-based tattoo artist Matteo Nangeroni at the Olivier Awards in London. The original design featured a stunning abstract portrait on the star's upper-left arm. However, the piece featured a typo, which Delevingne recently covered up in a pretty genius way. This new ink adds Delevingne to the long list of celebrities who have gotten tattoos this year, including Billie Eilish, Machine Gun Kelly, and Megan Fox.

Some of Delevingne's most memorable designs include the matching rose she got with one of her best friends, Selena Gomez; the tiny lion that sits on her index finger; and the diamond and stars in and around her right ear. Beyond those, the rest of her tattoo collection ranges from tiny, fine-line works to colorful portraits — all with their own special meanings to the star. Whether you're looking for your own bout of inspiration, you're just as curious about the model's body-art collection as we are, or you're looking for more details on the new coverup, we went ahead and rounded up her full collection, ahead.

Cara Delevingne's Abstract Portrait Tattoo
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Cara Delevingne's Abstract Portrait Tattoo

On Sept. 26, 2023, tattoo artist Matteo Nangeroni posted a picture of Delevingne, who was wearing a brand-new piece of ink from his own sketchbook. "Dormiveglia for Cara," he captioned the pictures. Though the model hasn't yet shared the meaning of the piece, dormiveglia is an Italian word that loosely translates to "the place that stretches between sleeping and waking." However, Delevingne's tattoo actually said, "the place that stretches between sleeping and walking." To cover up the misspelling, Delevingne showcased an addition to the tattoo at the Oliver Awards on April 14, 2024. She added a thicker geometric line to the abstract portrait, which conveniently runs through the "l" in "walking."

Cara Delevingne's Watercolor Rose and "XII" Tattoos

On Dec. 30, 2021, Bang Bang NYC posted a video of Delevingne's newest addition: a watercolor rose tattoo in pink and black ink on her side. The design is an identical match to Gomez's back tattoo that she got earlier in the month. You can also spot the number 12 written in Roman numerals right above it, which is her lucky number.

Cara Delevingne's White Dove Tattoo

One tattoo you'll have to look a little more closely to see is the white dove on her finger. Delevingne hasn't explained what led her to get this tattoo, though it's said that doves are seen as a symbol of victory, love, and peace.

Cara Delevingne's Snake Tattoo

In 2016, Delevingne went to Dr. Woo to get a snake tattooed on her left hand. She told The Sun that it symbolizes newness and reincarnation.

"It's about re-invention, shedding of old skin, new beginnings, new life," she said.

Cara Delevingne's Wasp Tattoo

The iconic lion isn't the only finger tattoo Delevingne has. She also has a wasp on her left pointer finger.

Cara Delevingne's Coat of Arms Tattoo

On her left rib is a coat of arms that features a "D" written on the inside, signifying her family and last name.

Cara Delevingne's "DD" Tattoo

The model is also a big fan of commemorating her friendships with matching tattoos. With her close friend model Jourdan Dunn, she got "DD" tattooed on her hip, likely a nod to both of their last names.

Cara Delevingne's Smiley Face Tattoo

Delevingne is apparently a huge fan of foot tattoos. On top of the other three she has in the area, she also has a smiley face drawn on her big toe that was given to her by her "Suicide Squad" costar Margot Robbie.

Cara Delevingne's Elephant Tattoo

Delevingne has an elephant tattooed on the inside of her arm, courtesy of famed tattoo artist Dr. Woo. She has not yet commented on its meaning.

Cara Delevingne's "Breathe Deep" Tattoo

In 2014, she also got the phrase "breathe deep" tattooed on the inside of her right arm in white ink.

Cara Delevingne's "Silence" Tattoo

Delevingne got the word "silence" tattooed on her wrist in 2013, writing in an Instagram caption that "silence speaks when words can't."

Cara Delevingne's "Made in England" Tattoo

On her other foot, she has a tattoo that says "Made in England," an obvious reference to her home country.

Cara Delevingne's Bacon Tattoo

In 2014, Delevingne got the word "bacon" tattooed on one of her feet in all caps. She (kind of) explained the meaning behind it two years later during an appearance on "The Tonight Show." "Anything bacon is good, am I right?" she asked host Jimmy Fallon, rhetorically, before jokingly implying that it could also be a reference to the historical figure Francis Bacon.

Cara Delevingne's Portrait Tattoo

Delevingne explained in an Instagram post in 2018 that her tattoo of a naked woman sitting next to a tiger was inspired by original artwork by a Denmark-based artist named Emil Landgreen.

Cara Delevingne's "Solemate" Tattoo
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Cara Delevingne's "Solemate" Tattoo

On top of a spaceship on her heel, she got matching "solemate" tattoos with her best friend and fellow model, Kaia Gerber.

Cara Delevingne's "Pandora" Tattoo
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Cara Delevingne's "Pandora" Tattoo

The model's "Pandora" tattoo, which sits on the inside of her left arm, honors her mother, Pandora Delevingne.

Cara Delevingne's Red Heart Tattoo
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Cara Delevingne's Red Heart Tattoo

Delevingne has a red heart tattooed on her left pinky finger, although she has never revealed what inspired her to get it.

Cara Delevingne's Diamond and Stars Tattoo
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Cara Delevingne's Diamond and Stars Tattoo

Delevingne has a diamond tattooed on the inside of her ear next to a crux constellation on the outside. The constellation is featured on Brazil's flag, and she got it while visiting tattoo artist Daniel Tucci in Rio de Janeiro.

Cara Delevingne's Yantra Tattoo
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Cara Delevingne's Yantra Tattoo

The tattoo on the back of Delevingne's neck is a Yantra tattoo. These kinds of tattoos are popular in Thailand and Southeast Asia, and they consist of sacred geometrical designs that are often thought to bring good luck.

Shortly after getting this tattoo, she added a pair of eyes to go directly above it on her neck.

Cara Delevingne's Lion Tattoo
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Cara Delevingne's Lion Tattoo

One of her more notable tattoos is the lion that she has on her right pointer finger. Lions typically symbolize courage and fearlessness, which could play a role in her reasoning for getting the tattoo.

Cara Delevingne's Initials Tattoo
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Cara Delevingne's Initials Tattoo

Delevingne has her initials, "CJD," tattooed on the side of her right hand. (Her full name is Cara Jocelyn Delevingne.)

— Additional reporting by Renee Rodriguez

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