A new profile in WSJ Magazine explores the roots of top model Cara Delevingne’s success, with the ultimate answer being her social media presence. That’s certainly part of it, but if you ask us, people are also drawn to her for her honesty and continued unwillingness to bow to society’s standards (of dress, of dating, of what a model can be, etc). This is proven further in the piece, when Cara confesses to being dissatisfied with a modeling-only career:
“I ended up feeling a bit empty. Fashion is about what’s on the outside, and that’s it. There’s no searching, it’s just creating pretty things.”
She goes on to reveal just how brutal the fashion industry’s weight standards can be:
“It’s horrible living in a world where I’ll get a call from someone saying, So-and-so says you were partying a lot and you were looking this way and you need to lose weight. It makes me so angry. If you don’t want to hire me, don’t hire me.”
Can we get an amen? While the issue itself is still a major disappointment, it’s extremely refreshing to see a model acknowledging and railing against it, rather than acting like it’s the acceptable norm. We at Who What Wear have spoken plenty about this subject, and while one model won’t be able to overturn the industry’s standards, it certainly doesn’t hurt the cause.
With forthrightness like this, we can’t wait to follow Cara’s evolving career toward acting—bring on the interviews, please!
Read the full profile over at WSJ, and scroll down to shop some pieces that the athleticwear-inclined Cara would love!