Cara Delevingne is done modeling. Woah.
The British model took the fashion world by storm in 2011 with Burberry’s campaign for its spring collection, after modeling for Storm Model Management since 2009.
But after ending her contract with Storm earlier this year, we had a feeling that this permanent break might happen.
Originally, Delevingne told the press that she wanted to focus on her new acting career, and while this is still true, the former-model recently revealed that her decision was also influenced by some darker forces.
In an interview with The Times, the actress spoke out about the toxicity of the fashion and modeling industries.
Starting out as young as she did, she expressed her hatred of the sexualization involved in the job. She told The Times, “It’s horrible and it’s disgusting… You start when you are really young and… you get subjected to… not great stuff,” explaining that it’s hard for young girls to say “no,” when they’re just entering the high-pressure industry.
Plus, according to Delevingne, towards the end of her modeling career she was “constantly on edge,” explaining how she developed psoriasis, a skin condition, due to her stressful and demanding career.
If the modeling industry didn’t make her uncomfortable enough with her body, having psoriasis certainly made it worse. She mentioned how people “would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something,” as they covered up the rash before every show.
“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,” Delevingne said in the interview.
It looks like the modeling world doesn’t just make us ordinary people feel badly; the models have to deal with body-criticism constantly. We can see why Delevingne wanted out!
Now, the actress will focus on her acting career, which is actually doing very well. She just finished the film adaptation of the John Green novel, “Paper Towns” and she is also starring in the upcoming film “Suicide Squad” with other big name actors including Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
Delevingne, who is only 23-years old, says that modeling “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 hopefully this new path will let the former-model live her life the way that she wants to.
We wish Cara all of the best in her new (full-time) career!