One of the shocking things of this week came to me in the form of a much celebrated interview conducted by London's The Times with the supermodel Cara Delevingne. After reading the model's words which she stated in the interview, I was thrilled - not out of shock - but rather with disappointment. The model revealed that the modeling industry resulted in major body image issues, which is not a shocker to many people, as the fashion industry is known to be a harsh industry. Disappointment, however, was the reason that urged me to write this article.

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Cara Delevingne

What caught my attention to the interview is the fact that Cara Delevingne is famous for her fierce and distinct features, which are perceived beautiful by the majority of the public. Her face covered many famous beauty and fashion campaigns, landing her a worldwide recognized name. However, this does not make her shielded from facing body image issues, especially when she is in the midst of a whirling and harsh industry.

"Modeling 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.", stated Cara on the interview. Although modeling did increase her financial income and status internationally, it is saddening to see that it did not develop her character. I find it difficult to digest the fact that fashion is no longer something that makes a person grow, but in fact it is now responsible for many issues and psychological problem women face on a daily basis. Cara Delevingne - in my opinion - has been a victim of such side of the industry, and was exposed to the public eye in exchange for her suffering with her body image. 

She also exposed how she felt about posing nude as a young woman (starting her major career breakthrough in her late teens); she stated that she felt like she couldn't turn down posing nude for fashion. "It's horrible and it's disgusting." she stated. 

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Looking back at many fashion icons through history, it is plain to see that those whose name gets marked in the history of fashion viewed fashion as more than a shallow hollow industry, but rather as a learning process, a lifestyle and something to value greatly. I cannot think of a better example than my very own role model: Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. She once said that "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." which is why I am disappointed to see what the fashion industry came to today, where it is seen as a form of dressing and wearing designer clothing, or looking as skinny as possible.

As a person who is planning to pursuit my career in fashion, and as a fashion blogger who has been in the fashion blogging scene for over 4 years, I feel obliged to encourage global fashion bloggers to work hard to bring back the real meaning of fashion, which the likes of legendary Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen have started many years ago.

Let me know your thoughts on the interview! I would love to hear what everybody has to say. If you haven't heard of the interview yet, you can read a snippet here.