Model and actress Cara Delevingne has reappeared in the public eye in more ways than one. Not only is she the face of Saint Laurent’s new ad campaign, but she also opened up on Twitter about the real reason she decided to take a break from modeling last year.
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The 23-year-old’s “rant” is a powerful one. The world could benefit from hearing such honest talk about depression more often. More than 16 million adults in the U.S. suffer from depressive symptoms each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. And yet mental health issues are typically kept secret, thanks to painful stigmas and prejudice.
By sharing her own story, Delevingne reminds us that speaking up about these kinds of struggles is a sign of profound strength. And she’s not alone: Just last week, Ruby Rose also opened up about her battle with depression, after a fan retweeted a post by Rose from three years ago, when the model and Orange Is the New Black star had hit “rock bottom.”
Rose posted the tweet on Instagram along with a moving and hopeful message: “I chose to fight and I thought it meant I’d be able to live. I DIDNT think it meant I’d be able to live my dream,” she wrote. “It just makes me wonder how many others are days, hours, seconds away from realizing their worth.”
A fan just tweeted this to me.. 3 years ago to the day. What a wake up call.. I'd be lying if I didn't say it shook me up..to see it.. To be reminded.. This feeling, this moment.. When I posted this in relation to abruptly leaving Australia cancelling a string of shows and commitments.. I had hit a rock bottom.. I couldn't find happiness anywhere except my dogs face and even that wasn't enough. I thought I had failed at being a human being an adult. I didn't know what to do so I left for America to work with trauma therapists and I spent pretty much all the money I had made in my life on an overpriced rehab and a lot of therapy. ( There are definitely other ways to do it ) … I slept on a blow up mattress when I got my first apartment in Santa Monica, I adopted a dog before I furnished my place