Cara Delevingne has got her first tattoo – an inking of a lion on her index finger.

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The London-born model had the big cat inked onto her index finger by New York-based tattoo artist Bang Bang and thanked her close friend Rihanna for the recommendation.

Posting a picture of the artwork on Instagram via her Twitter page, she wrote: “My first tattoo!! Lions rule! Thank you so much @BangBang badgalriri (sic)”

She then added: ” I am so happy! Thanks again @BangBang @elemags ! RAWWWW (sic)”

And Rihanna tweeted: “My lover caradelevingne just came over and got tagged for the first time!! Only by the best @BangBang… (sic) ”

Delevingne’s tattoo comes a week after her best friend Rita Ora visited Bang Bang to have a dove etched onto the back of her neck – then returned the favour on the artist.

In a series of Twitter posts accompanied by pictures, she wrote “Thank you @BangBang love ya! I finally found you HA

“And in return @BangBang gets a once in a life time Rita Ora tattoo! #crazy (sic)”