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Cara Delevingne Plans to Quit Modelling! Cites Body Image, Sexual Harassment & More Reasons Why

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Savor it while you can, because it looks like English model, Cara Delevinge is leaving the world of modelling. Possibly for good.

In a recent interview with The London Times, the 23-year-old explained her sudden exit from a short but successful career as a model, crediting it to the negative effect the fashion industry has had on her physical and mental health.

She recently also told Paper magazine – “I am not doing fashion work any more, after having, like, psoriasis and all that stuff.” “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.” “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.

Speaking further on having Psoriasis – an autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal skin, she explained people would  not want to touch her. “People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something.” This eventually put a toll on her self esteem.

She also touched on the issues she faced in the fashion industry when it came to sexual harassment – something a lot of models deal with. Sometimes she felt she couldn’t day “no” to sexual advances; but now feels more confident to stand up for herself. “If there is injustice I will flip out. If someone is crossing a line, they will know about it and so will everyone else.”

We will definitely miss her fierce presence and those beautiful bold brows in future magazine covers, runways and editorials. We will probably see her in more movie roles like her latest in the movie adaptation of best selling novel, Paper Towns.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Larry Busacca

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10 Comments

  1. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    August 25, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Crap! Just when I was starting to dig her 🙁

  2. LOLA

    August 25, 2015 at 6:59 am

    O’Course, she’s made her mula, why wont she leave….lol

  3. Neverland

    August 25, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Hi cara…bye cara..

  4. Queen Kong

    August 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

    This right here is what I hope. Lupita Nyong’o does. This is courage, strength and bravery! Something a lot of other models put up with, and the reason why is what I’m still struggling to understand! These ladies have to diet as much as they can, the even end up with eating disorders here and there, the competition itself is not majorly out there, it’s the there. Between the girls! So it’s just heartbreaking to see that they have to put up with discrimination, abuses and all of that, from their sponsors and bosses to keep up. I’m glad that this lady understands that leaving doesn’t mean that’s the end. In fact, it is the beginning of an amazing start! Lupita’s still out there putting up with their racism bullshit when she can own as own fashion/modelling org for black people, and boy will it grow rapidly!!!

    • Kiiki

      August 25, 2015 at 9:13 am

      But….Lupita is an Actress. Not a Model..Why should she give up her ACTING career to set up a “fashion/modelling org for black people”???… Do you REALLY know what you are on about boo?

  5. Queen Kong

    August 25, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Her*.

  6. Damdam

    August 25, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Hi BN, the movie is titled Paper towns not “Paper Planes”.

  7. hajjia

    August 25, 2015 at 10:38 am

    The ufck why would you give up a career cause of what people said ?? too bad though.. smh!

  8. xplorenollywood.com

    August 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    If it is affecting you negatively, i do not see anything wrong with it! We all know the stories and the stress that goes with keeping up with the joneses, but the truth is, it isnt for everyone. IF you can grow a thick skin, do so and continue with work. If not, please move on to other lucrative things and apply yourself better.

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