Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Depression & Issues With Modeling Industry
23-year-old supermodel-turned-actress Cara Delevingne has never shied away from telling the public how she really feels — especially when it comes to the modeling industry.
"I wanted the world to swallow me up, and nothing seemed better to me than death."
In August, she told London's The Times she's moving her career entirely over to the big screen from the modeling world, citing body-shaming and sexual harassment.
Kicking off her heels (both literally and metaphorically), she told Rupert Everett at the Women in the World summit in London last week that she has been struggling with depression ever since she was young: "I wanted the world to swallow me up, and nothing seemed better to me than death."
And modeling only made it worse.
Referring to her physical and mental illnesses caused by overworking, she said, “All those problems I had I masked with medicine instead of taking time to really solve them. But at that time I really wanted someone to stop me, to go ‘You need to take a break, you need to look after yourself.' And no one did."
Thankfully, someone eventually did give her sound advice. Supermodel and mentor Kate Moss told Delevingne to take a break from the field — so she did. And she was able to recover. Yoga and writing, she said, rescued her from that dark period in her life.
Because she is using her powerful celebrity in a productive way — to destigmatize issues surrounding mental health — Delevingne is a different type of model now: an amazing role model.