Our favourite supermodel Cara Delevingne quits modelling to pursue her career in acting. She’s currently working on several movies. She definitely took the world by storm by modelling in numerous fashion weeks and appearing in advertising campaigns for stores like H&M to luxury designers like Chanel. In an interview with The London Times she shares the truth of how she feels about the fashion industry and how the industry made her feel insecure about her body.
She started modelling when she was young and was starting to feel older than she actually is, because she had no choice to take pictures in hyper sexualized poses. After seeing so many advertising campaigns it really does seem like modelling is a form of sexual harassment. I’m not surprised that Cara Delevingne quit modelling. Many of us have this perception that if you’re a model you have a glamourous lifestyle. However, in an interview with Vogue Cara Delevingne shares the reality of the modelling industry by saying,
“Modelling is the opposite of real, it’s being fake in front of a camera. I’m not sure I understand what fashion is anymore.”
I think we tend to think that modelling and fashion is the same thing, but it’s not. As a model it is your job to present the new merchandise. It’s unfortunate that many fashion designers prefer skinny girls to showcase their clothing, when in reality the average women’s body is no where close to a model’s weight. Designers know that sex sells and that’s why they want their models to pose in hypersexual poses, but I think because of this we’re forgetting what fashion is really about.
Fashion is about expressing yourself and being comfortable with who you are. It can bring you joy and a smile to your face when you see an outfit in your closet that reminds you of a happy moment in your life. Fashion has the ability to make people feel confident, but most of all fashion is inspiring. It’s an art form and there wouldn’t be so many people working in the industry if it wasn’t inspiring.
I think because Cara was a model she had to live up to the beauty standards designers wanted her too. She didn’t have the freedom of expressing herself in the clothing she wanted. I think many of us need to forget about the superficial and materialistic qualities we associate with fashion. We need to forget about the body image standards and remember what fashion is really about.