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Cara Delevingne’s Little Baggie of White Powder: It’s None of Our Business

In their free time — that is, when they aren't busy creeping on Cara Delevingne at McDonald's late at night — Splash News likes to hang out with its paparazzi friends, stalking Cara as she makes her way home from the Burberry offices, just on the off-chance that a frantic search through her bag, looking for misplaced keys, releases a clear baggie filled with finely ground white powder into full view. 

So that's what happened last Wednesday. Splash News managed to capture two almost-perfectly rendered photos of Cara's little baggie floating through the air. Fine, I'll link, but I don't feel good about it. 

Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Agency, which represents Delevingne — as well as some other models with "party girl" reputations (like Kate Moss) — warns against making quick assumptions based on provocative tabloid stories: "I basically just spent a lot of time on the phone trying to reassure her big clients that you can’t believe everything you read and, unfortunately, all press actually is good press in this world we live in…So keep calm, don’t have a knee-jerk reaction."

Doukas is responding to the news that H&M is considering terminating its working relationship with Delevingne as a result of the paparazzi photos. "We have a zero tolerance policy towards drugs, and this also forms part of our advertising policy," the company said to The Daily Mail. "Our team will evaluate the evidence over the next few days. If the story is true, then we will take action."

There's no use pretending the white powder in the bag is likely not cocaine, but I don't think that should be a matter for public concern. Possession of cocaine in the UK is illegal and the substance is both dangerous and addictive but even disregarding the drug's high-fashion associations, more people use cocaine in the UK than anywhere else in Europe. Especially young people. It's not admirable or respectable, but it's also not uncommon, and acting scandalized doesn't do anything to actually address the problem or help people struggling with substance dependencies. Delevingne is a rich British model. Quite frankly, I'd be more shocked if she hadn't ever dabbled with blow. To be clear: I'm not condoning drug use of any kind for anyone, but I just don't understand why anyone would expect Delevingne to be a role model. Her success is predicated on her unusual beauty, goofy fashion sense and aristocratic father's wealth, not on her reputation as an anti-drug crusader. If you're looking for a moral beacon, get thee to a nunnery. 

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