The modelling industry has been getting a bad rep as of late and now superstar Cara Delevingne has added even more fuel to the fire.
Opening up to The Times, the 23-year old confirmed that she won’t be “doing fashion work anymore” after dropping her management company in recent months; however, the seemingly quirky and overly confident fashionista turned actress revealed that the reason behind her decision wasn’t just to focus on her film career, but instead because she was left hating her body.
“Modelling just made me feel a bit hollow after a while. 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,” Delevingne told the mag.
Speaking out about the constant demands of the industry, she added: “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.”
After being in the industry for nearly a decade and as one of the most influential models in the world, you’d be quick to assume that Delevingne would be well acquainted with, and comfortable in, the business. Even the most awe-like human beings have their limits, though, and the stress of the profession led her to develop anxiety and the skin condition psoriasis, she said.
“People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought I was like, leprosy or something.”
The actress later went on to criticise the industry for sexualising young girls and revealed that as a teen she was made to feel like she couldn’t say no to proactive poses. “I’m a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick. It’s horrible and disgusting,” she told The Times. “You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to… not great stuff.”
This comes off the back of the recent exploitation of 14-year-old model, Sofia Mechetner. After signing a $200,000 contract with Dior, the young teen was then paraded down the runway wearing a sheer, see through dress. While the brand said that it was “all for art” and not meant to appear sexy, one has to question why a multi-million dollar fashion house is choosing pre-pubescent girls to showcase adult clothing.
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Bonds have signed upcoming model and emerging Hollywood actress, Dylan Penn to launch the new Bonds Lacies collection this May. Billed as the “One to Watch” by UK Vogue, the new Lacies collection launches nationally next week, featuring the striking 22-year-old daughter of Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn and House of Cards actress Robin Wright.
A tomboy at heart, Dylan is the ultimate Bonds girl. She is a self-confessed creature of comfort and loves the style and ease of the brand. She joins Bonds as an ambassador to launch the new season fun and femme colours, showing off her bodacious curves and petite frame in a range of bright Lacies co-ordinates.
Bonds have a history of harnessing young, emerging talent and has helped launch many modelling careers included Miranda Kerr, Elyse Taylor, Catherine McNeil, Faustina Agolley and many more.
Dylan has been in the limelight from a young age. The celebrity offspring bears a striking resemblance to her mother Robin Wright, helping her to kick-start a career in modeling. She is now following in the footsteps of her superstar father, as she is set to star in the 2015 film Condemned.
The delicate and lightweight fabric of Lacies, make them perfect for everyday wear. Made from premium soft-to-touch cotton, the range is available at Bonds stores, bonds.com.au and at leading retailers including Big W and Myer from May 2014. Prices range from $14.95 for briefs to $36.95 for bras.
There are Supermodels, there are Ubermodels and then there’s Naomi Campbell.
A Supermodel’s Ubermodel. The very definition of fierce.
Reknowned for her lateness, her unbelievable beauty, cheekbones, bee-stung lips and that killer body, Naomi Campbell is heading to Australia in early November to begin production on her modelling reality show The Face.
Already a smash hit in the US and UK, The Face is a modelling competition like no other.
Naomi, who is co-executive producer as well as modelling ‘mentor’ (don’t call her a ‘judge’) will lead the local charge to hunt for the ‘face’ of a major Australian brand. The show’s host and Naomi’s two other model ‘mentors’ are yet to be announced but the buzz is already building.
The buzz, naturally, is focusing on Campbell, who at 43 has been strutting the runway and striking poses for 27 years – a feat unheard of in the youth obsessed fashion industry.
The modelling icon, known for her diva antics and difficult persona, is perhaps just misunderstood.
“I’m very direct.” She says. “Am I bossy? Absolutely. I don’t like to lose, and if I’m told no then I find another way to get my yes. But I’m a loyal person. And I’m generous and I don’t bullshit.”
Whilst Naomi paints herself as a protective ‘mother hen’ to her girls, she admits she practises tough love and discipline with a healthy dose of encouragement.
“No, I’m not a friend. When I came on board, I agreed to be a mentor, not a friend. We care about our girls – that’s just a normal thing to happen. But in order for you to have some type of authority, you can’t be a friend,” said Naomi, in a recent interview with UK InStyle.
“I’m straight up, I’m honest. When my girls do something great, I praise them and pamper them. And when they do something wrong I’m gonna tell them. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, because they’re not going to get it sugarcoated in the real world. Everyone makes mistakes but you have to learn from those mistakes if you want to get on.” She recently told The Guardian Weekend.
Campbell was discovered as a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Streatham, south London in 1985. She was spotted by a model agent as she window-shopped in Covent Garden and before she turned 16, she was on the cover of British Elle.
When Naomi struts the catwalk now, she is a special guest of the designer, like recently when she opened and closed at the Versace haute couture show in July in Paris. But it was the late 80s to mid 90s that Naomi believes was the golden age to be a model.
“In my era we’d get a phone call from John (Galliano) before the show: this is what the show’s about, what do you think? And we’d talk about it; we knew what the inspiration was, we really understood the collection and where the designer was coming from and so knew what kind of vibe to have,” She told The Guardian Weekend.
Naomi believes, as the fashion industry has expanded, models have been sidelined.
“If we [Christy, Naomi, Linda, Cindy etc] were on a different level to the models now, that’s because we had a relationship with the designers, so it was a real collaboration. And the photographers too – we were so close to Steven Meisel, to Mario [Testino]. When I started, the designers saw you in castings and chose you. We went for dinner and hung out. Now you’ve got casting directors, and production. There’s more of a gap between the model and the designer, because there are all these other people in the middle.”
Naomi is insistent on the word ‘mentor’. The word ‘judge’ does not sit well with her.
“I like the word mentor. I don’t want to judge someone. I like sharing my knowledge with my girls, and anything they ask me I’ll try to do to help them. Any of my real friends who know me, know that’s how I am.”
One of Naomi’s recent tweets about heading to Australia: ‘I can’t wait to get to Australia to start my search for The Face! Here I come @FOX8tv #TheFaceAU’
Are you going to watch The Face Australia with Naomi Campbell?