Even a model as celebrated as Cara Delevingne isn’t immune to the pressure to look perfect. In an interview with London’s The Times newspaper, she explains that things got so bad for her, she decided to put the fashion world on pause.
“I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge,” she said. “It is a mental thing as well because if you hate yourself and your body and the way you look, it just gets worse and worse.” Her stress got so bad that she developed psoriasis, and makeup artists had to paint foundation over her breakouts.
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“I am not doing fashion work any more, after having, like, psoriasis and all that stuff,” the 23-year-old said. “Modeling just made me feel a bit hollow after a while. 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.”
That may have been because the industry forced her to grow up too fast. She says she felt she couldn’t turn down posing nude or in sexual ways when she was young. “I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick,” she said. “It’s horrible and it’s disgusting.”
But as she makes her way into the acting world, she says she knows now that she has to fight for women like her. “I am very good at standing up for myself now, and for other people,” she said. “If there is injustice I will flip out. If someone is crossing a line, they will know about it and so will everyone else.”