Cara Delevingne is one of the world’s most popular supermodels and she’s celebrated for her good looks. But the model-turned-actress has revealed that the fashion industry can be a dangerous environment.
The Paper Towns star gave a candid interview to The Times, where she explained how modelling had a devastating effect on her self-esteem and body image.
Delevingne revealed that being in high demand and walking 53 runway shows in the space of a single Fashion Week caused her so much stress that she developed psoriasis — a skin condition that results in itchy, red patches on the skin.
“People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something,” she told the publication, reported the Daily Mail.
In addition to the physical pain, Delevingne also struggled with emotional turmoil.
“It wasn’t a good time, I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge. 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,” she confessed.
The dark blonde beauty also touched on the regret she has about some of her early photo shoots, where she says she was pressured into doing overly sexual poses — which appears to be a common problem with the industry.
“It’s horrible and it’s disgusting. [We’re talking about] young girls. You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to… not great stuff,” she said.
Thankfully Delevingne has now left behind the environment that made her so incredibly unhappy and she seems to be truly content with her new career path.