Cara Delevingne is auctioning a digital artwork celebrating her vagina

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Photo credit: Edward Berthelot - Getty Images
Photo credit: Edward Berthelot - Getty Images

Cara Delevingne is auctioning a digital artwork in celebration of her vagina, to raise money for her foundation that supports vulnerable women around the world.

The model turned actress is selling a 30-second clip, entitled 'Mine', which she shared a preview of on Instagram.

In the artwork, the model-turned actress can be seen talking to camera in front of the ocean as text appears across the screen. She appears to be nude for the filming.

"My first word was ‘mine’. To me that means something that is most mine - my vagina," she says. "I own it. It’s mine and no one else’s. I choose what I do with it and no one can take that away from me."

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An NFT (non-fungible token) is a digital asset that can typically be bought and sold with cryptocurrency - such as Bitcoin - and can take the form of art, music, videos and other real-world mediums.

It’s considered a one-of-a-kind art form and is appealing because the owner holds the definitive digital “official” version of the item, which can increase in value. It's considered the digital world's answer to a collectable; something which cannot be readily interchanged with something else. Anyone can view the artwork - like on Delevingne's Instagram - but only one person will 'own' the original.

The BBC explains:

"In economics, a fungible asset is something with units that can be readily interchanged - like money. With money, you can swap a £10 note for two £5 notes and it will have the same value.

"However, if something is non-fungible, this is impossible - it means it has unique properties so it cannot be interchanged with something else.

"It could be a house, or a painting such as the Mona Lisa, which is one of a kind. You can take a photo of the painting or buy a print but there will only ever be the one original painting.

"NFTs are "one-of-a-kind" assets in the digital world that can be bought and sold like any other piece of property, but they have no tangible form of their own. The digital tokens can be thought of as certificates of ownership for virtual or physical assets."

NFTs are now worth huge amounts of money. A digital artwork sold at Christie's auction house in March for a record-breaking £50 million.

Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Delevingne’s project is in collaboration with anonymous artist Chemical X, who has previously worked with Damien Hirst and Banksy, for their new website ThisIsNumberOne.com. The artist wrote: “Cara’s support for women and girls and the LGBTQ community is one of the driving forces behind her foundation and her decision to make this artwork with Chemical X.” It will form part of a series of NFTs created with Chemical X.

Of the artwork, Delevingne says: "I want this to remind people of how incredibly powerful they are, what a beautiful thing their bodies are and to take pride in that," reports the Evening Standard.

The bidding will last for seven days, with all proceeds donated to the Cara Delevingne Foundation that supports women’s rights, the LGBTQ+ community, mental health and environmental causes.

Delevingne's auction will take place over seven days, here.

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