Talent Management reveals why even the most beautiful model can let her skin get her down. Cara Delevingne’s battle against Psoriasis…
Talent Management professionals know that living with a chronic skin condition can be utterly debilitating. From acne to eczema, any one of us can become a victim, practically over night, and find that our lives are changed forever.
One such sufferer is stunning model Cara Delevingne. Since her Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 catwalk appearance – where she appeared with a flare up of the painful and upsetting skin condition Psoriasis – she has opened up to the press, and even hinted that the condition may end her modelling career.
A recent interview with W magazine revealed just significant her symptoms have become in influencing the career path that the young star may choose to take.
“It only happened during Fashion Week!” She told Lynn Hirschberg of W Magazine. “Which is, of course, the worst time of the year for me to be covered in scabs. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, and I’m sensitive.
“Kate [Moss] saw me before the Louis Vuitton show at 3 a.m., when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs,” she explained. “She said, ‘This is horrible! Why is this happening? I need to help you.’ She got me a doctor that afternoon; Kate gives really good advice.”
Later in the interview she hinted that she is prepared to take a change in direction in order to combat the condition: “I want to make music, I want to act, I want to sing, I want to do something that doesn’t make my skin erupt.”
This world-famous 21-year-old model is far from alone in her fight against Psoriasis, it effects approximately 1 in every 50 people of all ages. Kim Kardashian is another celebrity who has openly talked about her struggle to cope with such a difficult condition in the public eye. In an episode of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s she said: “People don’t understand the pressure on me to look perfect. When I gain a pound, it’s in the headlines. Imagine what the tabloids would do to me if they saw all these spots?”
So what can be done about Psoriasis symptoms for those who suffer with them? Number one may be avoiding stress and other triggers, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, but there are also effective treatments that come in the form of light therapies and topical creams.
If you have Psoriasis, or know someone who does, you can find more information and advice on the Psoriasis Association website.