ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

It seems that Cara Delevingne has her fingers in all the pies these days. The perennial "It" girl is perhaps one of the most recognizable faces in the world, a social media goddess with over 17 million followers, has walked all of the iconic catwalks on the planet and has proven herself to be an exceptionally talented actress on the big screen.

Indeed, on paper, it seems she's got it all.

Yet, now a recent interview with the bushy-browed babe has confirmed that she's calling quits on the industry that originally shot her to stardom - and here's why!

The emotional and physical price of working in fashion

Speaking with The Times, the British lady has announced that being a fashion model is no longer bringing her joy, and in fact, it was becoming pretty detrimental to her health and mental well-being.

Unsurprisingly, working in an industry notorious for its anxiety-inducing practices and prevalent body-shaming, the daily grind as a high fashion model just made her feel "a bit hollow after a while." In fact, Cara revealed that her day job made her so stressed that she even developed psoriasis.

And if you thought that anyone with such a painful skin condition would get a bit of sympathy in the industry, think again. Cara is the first to admit how relentlessly cruel people could be:

"[They] would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something."

And it's not only her body that suffered. The long hours and constant travel was making her feel mentally unwell too:

"It wasn't a good time, I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge. 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."

The sexualization on photo shoots

The final nail in the coffin, Cara admits, was her realization that the daily sexualization experienced by models on photo shoots was just too much to bear. As a girl starting out young herself, too naive and inexperienced to say 'no' to doing poses or shoots she felt uncomfortable with, she said:

"It's horrible and it's disgusting. You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to … not great stuff."

Yet, in her desire to please and do well, she slapped on a happy face just like everybody else. Deep down, however, she grew increasingly unhappy and miserable, admitting:

"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."

So, what lies ahead for Cara?

Now that she's made the life-changing decision to stop modeling, Cara's emotional well-being is set to improve as she becomes more focused on branching out into acting, something she's been wanting to do for a while.

Already this year, she's made her debut in Paper Towns and critics can't wait to see her in the greatly-anticipated Suicide Squad out next year. Here's the trailer if you haven't seen it already:

And before you go off on a rant about how Hollywood is essentially the same as the fashion industry, hold up - Cara isn't blind to this either!

The difference is that starting out this time, she will be more ready to fight back. She reassures us:

“I am very good at standing up for myself now, and for other people [...] If there is injustice, I will flip out. If someone is crossing a line, they will know about it, and so will everyone else.”

Good on you girl! We wish you the best of luck!



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