Plenty of Hollywood stars got their start on the runway, and Paper Towns
star Cara Delevingne is the latest to make the leap from modeling to acting, announcing Tuesday
that she is "not doing fashion work anymore."
Emily Ratajkowski, who started out in modeling before making her Hollywood transition in Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines" music video, sat down with ET on Tuesday, praising Delevingne’s decision.
"I think every experience is different," said Ratajkowski, who stars in Zac Efron’s upcoming DJ flick We Are Your Friends. "Definitely, I feel like acting is much more creatively fulfilling and I think Cara is very creative person, as am I, and so, we want more."
Ratajkowski, who also had a supporting role in Gone Girl as Ben Affleck’s mistress, explained that there are similarities between the two industries, both good and bad.
"Some of the best parts about modeling are having the same kind of relationships that I have with Max [Joseph], my director, as I would have with a photographer," she explained. "I think the pressures are the same in both industries, like 'stay fit' and all that kind of stuff."
The pressures can be intense, especially for young models. In an interview with The Times
, Delevingne cited the toll on both her physical and mental health when explaining her decision to step away from the fashion industry.
"I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick," the 23-year-old Suicide Squad star revealed. "It's horrible and it's disgusting. You start when you are really young and ... you get subjected to ... not great stuff."
Ratajkowski credits a strong support system with helping her cope with pressures in both industries.
"I think also, it's important to know who you are," she told ET. "A lot of people who start, not Cara necessarily, but lots of young models who come from out of the country, or put too much value on the industry, really get lost and caught up in it, and I've been lucky enough to always have good people surrounding me."
Ultimately, for Delevingne, it came down to fulfillment of a more substantial kind.
"Modeling just made me feel a bit hollow after a while," Delevingne said. "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."
We Are Your Friends hits theaters Aug. 28.