Cara Delevingne Clarifies She's Not Quitting Modeling, Talks Depression: 'I Am So Lucky for the Work I Get to
By Rachel McRady
Not so fast. Cara Delevingne took to Twitter on Thursday to set the record straight about her career. After posting a series of professional shots from her new Saint Laurent campaign, the 23-year-old model and actress took to Twitter to clarify some quotes she made last year that implied she was quitting the modeling industry.
“Can we just set the record straight,” she began. “I never said I was quitting modeling. I do not blame the fashion industry for anything. I suffer from depression and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self.”
She went on to show her appreciation for her glamorous lifestyle, saying, “I am so lucky for the work I get to do but I used to work to try and escape and just ended up completely exhausting myself. I am focusing on filming and trying to learn how to not pick apart my every flaw. I am really good at that. Okay… Rant over. Just wanted to clarify and word vomit a little .”
Back in August, the Suicide Squad star got candid about her complex past with modeling.
“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 told The Times. “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."
She also spoke out about the downsides of modeling. In a June interview with the WSJ Magazine.
“I ended up feeling a bit empty. Fashion is about what’s on the outside, and that’s it… I basically gave up on acting, because trying to get an agent was impossible,” Delevingne said. “Everyone said, ‘You’re just a model. Once I had my mind set that I was going to do this modeling thing, I really wanted to beat it, if that makes sense. Win it.”
Delevingne opened up that same month to Vogue magazine about her battle with depression. “All of a sudden I was hit with a massive wave of depression and anxiety and self-hatred, where the feelings were so painful that I would slam my head against a tree to try to knock myself out,” she told the fashion mag.