Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Battle With Depression in Emotional Twitter Essay

Sharing her truth. On Thursday, March 31, Cara Delevingne took to social media to defend her return to modeling and update fans about her longstanding struggle with depression.

“Can we just set the record straight,” the 23-year-old supermodel wrote on Twitter. “I never said I was quitting modeling. 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,” she bravely continued. “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…I am focusing on filming and trying to learn how to not pick apart my every flaw. I am really good at that."

As previously reported, Delevingne — who was just announced as the face of Yves Saint Laurent’s latest campaign on March 30 — famously declared in August 2015 to London’s The Times that she would no longer be “doing fashion work anymore.”

The Paper Towns actress said that she was solely focused on her acting career and implied that her departure from the fashion industry was due to its negative effect on her mental and physical health.

"I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge," the British beauty told The Times about her life as a catwalk queen. "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."

"Modeling just made me feel a bit hollow after a while," she added. "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."

Prior to fronting YSL’s new ads, Delevingne’s last modeling gig came in March 2015 when she hit the runway for Chanel’s Autumn Winter 2015 presentation during Paris Fashion Week. The newly minted movie star will appear in a slew of upcoming films including Suicide Squad and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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