Cara Delevingne has always been known to as someone who just oozes confidence. We have fell in love with her witty sarcasm, badass attitude, and her enviable eyebrows. But, believe it or not, being in the modeling industry has caused her to feel very self-conscious about herself.
In her recent interview with London’s The Times, Cara said that she felt that she has lost the love for modeling that she used to have when she first started. She confirmed that she was more interested in focusing on her new acting career and the reason why is shocking.
I am not doing fashion work any more, after having, like, psoriasis and all that stuff, people would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something. 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 Paper Towns star was also stated that she was not okay with the sexism related to the fashion industry. She told The Times about how uncomfortable she felt with the constant pressure to pose nude or in sexually suggestive ways just to succeed in the industry. She even stated how dangerous she felt the modeling industry truly was.
I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick. It’s horrible and it’s disgusting. [We’re talking about] young girls. You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to … not great stuff.
But, all and all, Cara has seen a silver lining within her experience in the fashion world, seeing it as a learning experience by stating:
I am a lot harder than I was and I feel like all of that modeling, life, rejection, everything, was preparation for this, and now that I am doing this I am the happiest person in the whole world.
I am glad Cara has finally found her voice and hopefully her story can inspiring more people to stand up for themselves if they ever feel that they experiencing sexual harassment because it’s really never okay to make people feel uncomfortable or treat in a way they feel disrespected in any way. I, for one, am all about people expressing themselves, however they feel they need to, no matter what. This is just another reason why Cara is absolutely awesome.