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Cara Delevingne Recalls Teenage Years, Enjoys Body Confidence

Updated on August 4, 2016
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Honesty is a fresh policy

One thing about celebrities today is that they seem to enjoy renewed openness with their fans. Gone is the sense of mystery with a good lot of them, and whether that is a result of the influence of social media or simply a conscious decision on their part remains to be seen. However, so many are now treating their interviews - at least, it seems as though they are - as an opportunity to be entirely open with the readership.

Cara Delevingne, who will next be seen in Suicide Squad as Enchantress, admitted that as it pertains to her body, she's a "little demon" but that her ability to appear nude in a film or photo layout all depends on her trust in the director or whomever's organizing the shoot.

"I think it has to be used in the right way, but I still want to be a strong female and be comfortable in my body," she told Daily Star about her willingness to be nude in a movie or photo shoot.

During her photo shoot to promote Suicide Squad with Esquire, Delevingne appeared completely nude, but it seems it was during her interview that she really was open for the world. The actress discussed battling depression while her mother was dealing with drug addiction, according to Perez Hilton.

She also opened up about her feelings regarding medication to help treat depression during the interview.

"I get depressed still but I would rather learn to figure it out myself rather be dependant on meds, ever," Delevingne said. "I hate meds. I think they saved my life and they've probably saved my mother's life but I don't agree with them. It's so easy to abuse them."

Delevingne is not entirely wrong regarding the reliance people have on medications. The numbers of people who have used prescription medications non-medically hover at around 52 million for those over the age of 12 in the United States.

Current stats are shocking...


It took its toll, but things got better

As one might expect, her mother's drug addiction did take its toll, so Delevingne might have a perception of taking medication to deal with depression that is different than many of those who might be on medication for depression or anxiety.

She noticed, however, that things seemed to improve for her, as she was able to "feel" again.

"It was the best thing in the world to feel things again," she admitted.

Like so many, she continued to struggle with depression, and it ultimately made her feel suicidal. She knew she was luckier than many people to have a modelling career and felt privileged, but remembering that only somehow made her feel worse.

“I felt so guilty because of that and hated myself because of that, and then it’s a cycle," she said, according to Hollywood Life. "I didn’t want to exist anymore. I wanted for each molecule of my body to disintegrate. I wanted to die.”

Delevingne came out the other side of the depression, thankfully, but she admits that she went through a period of behavior that was a bit destructive, where she would scratch her legs until she bled and would also smoke full packs of cigarettes. She also admits that she would hit her head hard against a tree until she nearly knocked herself out.

She now admits that she's quite happy in her relationship with her girlfriend St. Vincent, though there are times where she still manages her depression, and says that she can't believe how much time people spend on their smartphones.

Delevingne acknowledged that while she feels somewhat egocentric when she feels depressed - "it's very narcissistic, right? Because you can't stop thinking about your own problems. But at the same time it's not. Because you hate yourself," she admitted.

In acknowledging her struggles with depression, Delevingne has shown her fans that in spite of her celebrity status, she has many of the same struggles that "civilians" have. It's always refreshing when celebrities remind their fans that they are just as human as everyone else, and Delevingne has done an incredible job of doing just that.

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