Cara Delevingne may have gained fame through her fashion model-y brilliance and the power of her eyebrows, but now, she's pretty happy in her decision to move on from the industry that brought her success to focus on acting.
In a new interview with The Times, Cara explains that modeling just wasn't bringing her joy anymore, commenting that it made her feel "a bit hollow after a while." She became so stressed out that she developed psoriasis, a painful skin condition, which only made things worse.
"I am not doing fashion work any more, after having, like, psoriasis and all that stuff," says Cara. "People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something."
Plus, the constant work and travel was making Cara feel a bit crap: "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."
She also wasn't happy with sexualization involved in fashion shoots, especially as she started out at such a young age. Cara explains that young models are made to feel like they can't say no to things they're uncomfortable with. "It's horrible and it's disgusting," she comments. "You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to… not great stuff."
Basically, the whole modeling thing was making her completely miserable: "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."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.