Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Her Struggles With Depression
After revealing this summer that her rumored girlfriend St. Vincent singer Annie Clark helped her deal with depression and anxiety, the Paper Towns star opened up again about the way she's battled depression, telling Marie Claire UK, she's had issues with self-confidence throughout her skyrocketing career.
"I never felt like I was good enough, that I deserved success," she told the mag. "I felt like I was living somebody else's dream." Cara also talked about her struggles with psoriasis, an autoimmune disease characterized by red, itchy and scaly skin patches. When talking about her first flare-up, Cara said, "I had no concept of saying no to anyone, ever. In life you should always experience things but you should say no. It's more about being in control and not being a puppet. After a while I got sick and got a condition called psoriasis."
And as you might imagine, dealing with psoriasis as a model who constantly shows skin, was not an easy feat. "I felt disconnected from myself, but my agency simply shoved me into a doctor's surgery, where I got cortisone shots," she said. "I wanted someone to go, "You need to take a break, you need to look after yourself.' No-one did."
What ended up helping her cope was daily yoga exercises and her friendship with supermodel Kate Moss. "Kate Moss saved me – she stepped in and picked me up off the floor at a stressful time," Cara continued, going on to read a poem she wrote a year before about her experiences with depression.
"Who am I, who am I trying to be? Not myself, anyone but myself. Empty beyond the point of emptiness, full to the brim of fake confidence," she read. "The show must go on, it will never stop. The show must not go on, but I know it will."
Now, that Cara has learned how to deal with her depression (and psoriasis), the show is going on, and she has a message for fans. "My message has always been to love yourself, to embrace your flaws," she said. 'The cracks within us are the beautiful parts that need to have light shone on them." Girl. Amen.
This is just reason number 99 why we love her.