It’s no secret that supermodel-turned-actress Cara Delevingne struggled with depression during her childhood.
But at the Women In The World Summit on Thursday, Miss Delevingne gave what might just be her most honest and moving interview to date.
Speaking of her school years and the challenges she faced from being “plagued with learning difficulties,” Cara said she “felt completely suicidal and alone,” and “wanted the world to swallow me up.”
And while therapy and anti-depressants were invaluable in helping her “claw my way back to some sort of rational thought”, there were a number of other methods that helped her through her dark period:
Saying no: “In life you should always experience things but you should say no. It’s more about being in control and not being a puppet.”
Yoga: “I found yoga, which was a huge thing for me. I was chanting and I got so angry with myself, and I broke through something and I burst into tears which I hadn’t done in years.”
Writing: “Writing is something that really saved my life. I would read what I had written and it would be like someone else was speaking to me. It was a very strange experience. And said ‘finding’ was a huge thing for me.”
Kate Moss: “I wanted someone to go ‘you need to take a break, you need to look after yourself’. No-one did.”
“I eventually took the advice of Kate Moss who picked me up off the floor passed out.”
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Having found her way to a better place, Cara went on to add that “mental illnesses and depression are not something to be ashamed of”.
“Flaws are the things that make us special, the cracks within us are the beautiful parts – they need to have light shed on them.”
Drawing the interview to a close, she concluded: “Women are beautiful.”
“Be comfortable in your shoes, because you’re going to be in them for a while.”
We coudn’t have said it better.