Cara Rubbishes Idea ‘Return To Modelling’ Will Re-Trigger Her Depression

Cara Delevingne, to use her own words, has “word vomited” all over Twitter, setting the record straight for everyone raising eyebrows at her so-called ‘return to modelling’ because they were operating under the misguided belief that it triggered her depression.

It started yesterday, when she ‘grammed a series of fire shots from her upcoming Yves Saint Lauren campaign:


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These shots sent a powerful ripple across the internet, with everyone madly celebrating her return to modelling in light of the fact that she (apparently) quit last year because it made her hate herself.

“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 said to Times while doing the press circuit for her film ‘Paper Towns‘. 

“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 also wrote an essay for Time in March this year, she elaborated on why she was moving away from modelling (*not* quitting) and focusing on acting instead: 

“I was nearly 20 and had been modelling for several years. My vantage point had changed… and I had changed. I knew I had to reevaluate my life and my goals for my future. I didn’t want to resent fashion or my success. The process happen overnight, but it was imperative for me to preserve my integrity. 

“It’s taken time, but now I realise that work isn’t everything and success comes in many forms. I’ve opened my mind, and now I embrace new things with a childlike curiosity. I’m spending more time doing the stuff I love. And I’ve been doing better work because of it.”

Given the context, it’s not difficult to see how the dots were connected re: quitting modelling, but now she’s come to clear things up:

Cara has been very open about her depression in the past, telling the Women in the World summit last year that she’d been dealing it since she was a 15-year-old teenager at school. 

“I have very bad learning disabilities so I got to the point where I went a bit mad,” she said. “I was completely suicidal, didn’t want to live any more. I thought I was completely alone.”

After today’s Twitter stream, she ended it on one final note and we’re not crying, you’re crying.


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