Pin It
Cara Delevingne
via @caradelevingne / Instagram

Cara Delevingne opens up about her ‘self-hatred’

‘I am... trying to learn how to not pick apart my every flaw. I am really good at that’

Cara Delevingne has always been pretty vocal about her mental health issues. The Paper Towns actress – who recently starred in Hedi Slimane’s final Saint Laurent campaign – has apparently been dealing with depression for several years: writing essays on the topic, poems, and sharing regular wisdom with her 28 million Instagram followers.

Now, in a series of tweets posted early this morning, Delevingne has opened up a little more – dismissing rife rumours that claimed the fashion industry had been the cause of her struggles. “Can we just set the record straight,” she began. “I never said I was quitting modelling. I do not blame the fashion industry for anything.”

“I suffer from depression, and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self-hatred,” the actress stressed. “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.” 

Read all the tweets below:

Delevingne also added a follow-up message on Instagram shortly after. “If you can’t laugh at the same joke over and over again, why do you keep crying over people who hurt you over and over again?”, it read.

Delevingne has made her disdain for the fashion industry quite clear in the past; calling it both “horrible and disgusting”, and adding that it made her feel “hollow” inside. As a result, many believed that she’d quit modelling altogether – though she has since stressed that her issues were more to do with her age, as well as her own insecurities.

“I still have so much to learn, but I have realised that beating myself up, feeling guilty and regretting past mistakes will only hold me back,” she shared in an essay for Time last year. “After all, no matter how many people like you and your work, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like yourself.”