Cara Delevingne Speaks Out: Talks Sexual Harassment In The Fashion Industry

Cara Delevingne ushered in a new era of supermodel. It has to be said that she inherited the legacy of Kate Moss and other huge names in the golden age of supermodeling, and she did it with hitherto unseen sass and personality. Cara Delevingne was — and is — a force to be reckoned with in the modeling world, muse of Karl Lagerfeld and fleek of eyebrow.

But as it turns out, Cara kind of hates modeling.

From an interview the model-turned-actor gave with Vogue for their July issue, Delevingne revealed that acting has always been her passion, and that she just fell into modeling and found success (I can only dream of such success for a side job). She also revealed that her modeling days are probably over. Karl Lagerfeld must be nursing his wounds with Kendall Jenner right now.

Delevingne has found success as an actor, garnering mostly positive reviews for her performance as Margo Roth Spiegelman in the movie adaptation of YA favorite Paper Towns, and she is also appearing in David Ayer’s widely hyped Suicide Squad as Enchantress. She’s leaving her modeling days behind for good, it seems, and Cara has a few parting words about her illustrious modeling career.

Because she was pretty much freaked out most of the time.

Cara was “discovered” by Sarah Doukas was she was still a student at a British boarding school. Doukas was the same scout who discovered Kate Moss and Cara’s older sister Poppy. Thrown into high fashion modeling at age 19, Cara got caught up in the hard-partying lifestyle and did not deal well with the stressors of the job.

In a new interview with London’s The Times newspaper, Delevingne opens up more than ever before about her short — yet hugely influential — time in the modeling industry and why she’ll never go back. She said, “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.”

Cara developed huge body image issues as a model, and even developed psoriasis as a result of the stress she was put under. “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.”

But Cara didn’t stop there. She also cited sexual harassment as one of the reasons she’s done with modeling. She described being asked to pose nude or in sexually explicit poses when she was too young. “These are young girls,” she described with disgust. “I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick,” she said. “It’s horrible and it’s disgusting.”

Feminist or not, Cara is making some serious accusations against the fashion industry. Coming from arguably the world’s most famous supermodel of this generation, these accusations definitely do not fall upon deaf ears. Society has long been aware of the huge, glaring flaws of the fashion industry and the affects it has not only upon the public, but upon the people within that bubble.

Young supermodels are constantly pressured to lose weight and keep it off, using any means necessary. The waif-thin model is largely still the norm in the world of high fashion, leading to eating disorders and body image issues. Not even a model as celebrated as Cara Delevingne was immune to these issues. But the sexual harassment charges have got to be placed at the forefront.

Placing young women in sexually explicit poses and/or making them pose nude is a much more serious offense, one that absolutely cannot be taken lightly or written off as just another aspect of the job. We have to reexamine the crimes of some areas of the fashion industry and raise awareness to combat the issues, to protect the young girls whose rights are being infringed upon, and who suffer mentally and physically as a result.

No wonder Cara wants to leave so desperately.


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Lisa Lo Paro
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