Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Battle With Depression

Last year supermodel Cara Delevingne famously hung up her catwalk clogs to focus on her budding acting career. So fans were left a little perplexed when this week she made a somewhat surprising fashback starring in a striking black and white campaign for Saint Laurent?!! What gives Cara?

To put paid to any confusion and stop the rumour mill going into overdrive, the social media savvy supermodel has used her platform of choice to set the record straight.

Taking to Twitter to pen a series of emotional tweets, the 23-year-old dismissed reports that she has quit modelling and instead insisted that a period of intense “self-hatred” had led her to take a temporary break from the fashion industry.

“Can we just set the record straight…” she wrote.

“I never said I was quitting modelling, I do not blame the fashion industry for anything.”


Cara has taken to Twitter to confirm that she hasn’t quit modelling [Photo: Instagram/caradelevingne]

The model went on to open up about the depression that saw her taking a temporary leave of absence from the industry she’s spent seven year’s fronting.

“I suffer from depression and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self hatred,” she tweeted.

“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,” she concluded.


Back in the modelling game? Cara posted this series of shots from her Saint Laurent campaign [Photos: Instagram/caradelevingne]

It’s not the first time the model-come-actress has opened up about her depression. Last summer, after quitting her modelling agency, Storm, who signed her at the age of 15, she admitted the stress of the industry had left her with a skin condition called psoriasis.

And just a few weeks ago she wrote an emotional essay for TIME, in which she described her struggle with the modelling profession.

“Over time, I came to realise that work and getting others’ approval isn’t the most important thing,” she wrote. “Yes, your career is very important—but it’s not the most important. Of course I was proud of my accomplishments, but I wasn’t genuinely happy.”


Cara has opened up about her depression in a Twitter essay [Photos: Instagram/caradelevingne]

But switching her focus to acting has helped the 23-year-old to stay on top of her demons. She made her acting debut last year in the big screen adaptation of John Green’s novel ‘Paper Towns’ and this year she has high profile roles in Suicide Squad, alongside Hollywood heavyweights including Jared Leto, Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and the upcoming thriller Valerian.

Glad you cleared that up Cara. Now we get to see you on the catwalk and the cinema screen. Score!

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