Cara Delevingne Quits Modeling, Says Its Made Her “Feel Hollow”
23-year-old Cara Delevingne has made a name for herself as an international fashion model, but now, she wants to walk away from the industry.
Following praise for her starring role in the comedy/drama Paper Towns, the supermodel is ready to give up the runway life... for Hollywood.
"I am not doing fashion work any more, after having, like, psoriasis and all that stuff," Delevingne revealed in an interview with 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."
Although she's still very young, Delevingne has been modeling for six years, working with prestigious fashion houses such as Burberry, Mulberry, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY and Saint Laurent Paris, among others.
She says the extreme stress of the job has caused her to develop severe psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that made her feel more isolated in the industry. "People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something," she said about her condition.
"I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge," Delevingne adds. "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."
Furthermore, she says she was subjected to constant sexism within the fashion world.
"It's horrible and it's disgusting .. (These are) young girls. You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to ... not great stuff," Delevingne said, referring to the provocative poses she and others are asked to do during shoots.