‘Modelling Made Me Hate Myself’ : Cara Delevingne
Successfully transitioning from being a top model to a Hollywood movie star is no easy feat, but somehow Cara Delevingne has managed to sneak out of the back door of the modelling industry and come bursting onto our screens like the utter babe that she is.
We mean seriously, there is no end to the 23 year old’s impeccable talent.
And now that she is out of the fashion industry, the star has decided to use her voice and experience within the profession to shed some light on the somewhat more sinister side of modelling, and although what she says is devastating to hear we are definitely glad that she had the guts to stand up and point out that flawed system that young girls find themselves trapped in when they kickstart their career.
Known for her wacky and lovable personality, Cara revealed that being a model left her a shell of her former self, admitting that she ended up “feeling a bit hollow” as she vowed that she “won’t do fashion work any more”.
And to be honest, after hearing what she had to say, we don’t blame her.
Speaking to The Times newspaper, Cara explained: “It didn’t make me grow at all as a human being and I kind of forgot how young I was.
“I felt so old.
“I was like, fight and flight for months, just constantly on edge. It is a mental thing as well because you hate yourself and your body and the way you look, it just gets worse and worse.”
And if modelling can make one of the most beautiful women in the world feel that way, what does that say about the industry, eh?
Cara went on to add that the stress of her profession led to her developing psoriasis - a skin infection that had to be coated in foundation before every shoot and runway.
Recalling the dark time, she added: “People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought I was like, leprosy or something.”
On top of all of the above, Cara also admitted that being a feminist also interfered with her career as she felt “sick” by the sexually provocative poses she was encouraged to get into when she was just a teenager.
She dished: “I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick. It’s horrible and it’s disgusting.
“You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to … Not great stuff.”
We are just glad that Cara feels that she can be open about how the industry made her feel, and we have no doubt that the star’s words will be inspiring, and refreshing, for her legions of dedicated fans.