Cara Delevingne — a woman whose face was once ubiquitous on runways and magazine pages alike — has made a clear pivot in recent months from fashion to film, as many models have before her. But there was something about Delevingne's blossoming acting career that seemed more promising — more genuine, perhaps — than her fellow model-turned-actresses of yesteryear. In 2016 alone, the 23-year-old "It" Brit has five movies slated for release, with the high-budget sci-fi thriller "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," already set for 2017. Delevingne hasn't completely abandoned modeling — just on Wednesday, she was revealed as the face of the campaign for Saint Laurent's "La Collection de Paris" (Hedi Slimane's swan song) — but any catwalk or editorial appearances have been few and far between. But, despite much assumption and speculation otherwise, she hasn't quit the business altogether, as she expressed on Twitter on Thursday evening:
In the tweets that followed, Delevingne revealed that she "[suffers] from depression and was a model during a particularly rough patch of self hatred." She 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."
Since making the transition to acting, Delevingne has spoken candidly about the pitfalls of modeling as well as her depression battle on several occasions, most recently in an interview with actor Rupert Everett at the Women in the World Summit this past October. "I got to the point where I went a bit mad. I was completely suicidal. I didn't want to live any more," she said. And though she doesn't "blame the fashion industry for anything," as she tweeted on Thursday, her seemingly picture-perfect life as the world's top supermodel was far from what met the eye. As she told Everett: "In our culture, we are told that if we are beautiful, if we are skinny, if we are successful, famous, if we fit in, if everyone loves us, that we'll be happy. But that's not entirely true."
Delevingne concluded her self-proclaimed "rant" by saying: "I am focusing on filming and trying to learn how to not pick apart my every flaw. I am really good at that."