Cara Delevingne to quit the catwalk over psoriasis?

In our modern society celebrities are the new aristocracy, or taken to its extreme, even deities, and as such we can all be guilty of putting them on a pedestal – taking them out of the reach of the ordinary and therefore, presumably, also out of the reach of ordinary ailments.

But as photographs of Cara Delevingne have recently showed, celebrities are just as susceptible to health woes as the rest of us.

In a picture posted to Instagram, the young socialite received something of a backlash for revealing red and flaky patches on her legs whilst modelling on the catwalk.

The feisty 21-year-old has since spoken out over her condition, commenting that is it stress-induced. As a result she may give up modelling on the catwalk as it’s that which seems to be the trigger. She said:

“It only happened during the Fashion Weeks, which are, of course, the worst time of year for me to be covered in scabs. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease, and I’m sensitive.

“Kate Moss saw me before the Louis Vuitton show at 3am when I was being painted by people to cover the scabs.

“She said, ‘This is horrible! Why is this happening? I need to help you’. She got me a doctor that afternoon.”

In the same magazine interview she hinted that it could spark a move to other careers, which may cause less stress and therefore fewer breakouts. She said:

‘I want to make music, I want to act and I want to sing. I want to do something that doesn’t make my skin erupt.’

The ambitious star has already starred in a cameo film role in Anna Karenina, and previously sent an audition tape to Tim Burton for the role of Alice in his film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Although she didn’t land the part that did not quench her zeal as she is also hoping to impress casting directors for the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey film.

In direct response to the online criticism she received over the appearance of her legs, Delevigne displayed a level of maturity and a thick skin, whilst making fellow psoriasis sufferers cheer. She tweeted:

“Just to reiterate I have psoriasis and it’s (sic) leaves scares (sic) and will have (it) for the rest of my life. I can handle the negative comments but just remember that no one is perfect. Embrace who you are!”

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is not curable but is manageable. Triggers can include cold weather, stress, alcohol and spicy foods. Speak to one of our skin specialists for advice on diagnosing and managing the problem.