Cara Delevingne admits the ugly truth about modelling

The model turned actress recalls parts of her job that were "horrible and disgusting"

By Andrea Tim | Published: 18 Aug 2015

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For months, Cara Delevingne has been making headlines for her switch from fashion to film, an earning praise for her acting prowess in the process, despite her silver screen career being fairly new. Now the 23-year-old has revealed in an interview with The Times that she won't be returning to the industry that made her a household name.

"I am not doing fashion work anymore," she said, continuing on to say that posing in sexually suggestive ways as a teenager was not something she was comfortable with.

"I am a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick," she told the paper. "It's horrible and it's disgusting. [We're talking about] young girls. You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to…not great stuff."

Working in fashion also took a toll on Cara's health. She developed psoriasis – a skin condition – which had to be covered up with foundation.

"People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something," she confessed. "It wasn't a good time, 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."

"Modelling just made me feel a bit hollow after a while. It didn't make me grow at all as a human being," Cara added. "And I kind of forgot how young I was… I felt so old."

Her hotly-anticipated film Paper Towns came out last month, and after that she has more on the way – Pan, Tulip Fever and Suicide Squad among them. It doesn't take much to see that Cara can take care of herself, so even after saying goodbye to fashion, there's no doubt she'll continue to shine.

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