Model and actor Cara Delevingne made a bold statement at the recent Met Gala by proudly displaying her psoriasis on the red carpet.
The condition, which causes red, itchy, scaly patches on the skin, is common and chronic, and has no known cure. It tends to go through cycles of flare-ups and remission.
Delevingne has previously spoken about how her symptoms can be triggered by stress and has faced ignorance from coworkers who thought her condition was contagious.
The celebrity has never let her psoriasis hold her back and has actively worked to embrace and accept it.
Delevingne arrived at the Met Gala wearing a red suit, which she later removed to reveal that she was wearing nothing but gold body paint and a couple of gold necklaces.
The only areas not covered in paint were her tattoos and the patches of skin affected by her psoriasis, which were left exposed on the front and back of her arms.
Her decision to show off her condition on the red carpet was a powerful message to embrace and celebrate our own imperfections.
Other celebrities who have publicly shared their experiences with psoriasis include Jonathan Van Ness, who posted an un-retouched photo of his body on Instagram, Kim Kardashian, Lala Anthony, and Kris Jenner.
Lala Anthony has even worked on campaigns like the National Psoriasis Foundation’s Picture Positivity to increase acceptance of the condition.
Delevingne has also been open about her psoriasis in the past. In 2013, she exposed a flare on her stomach to reporters backstage at a Paris fashion show, saying, “It’s all over my body.”
She also explained that her symptoms tend to flare up “at stressful times when I’m working a lot.”
In an interview with The Times in August 2015, Delevingne revealed that some coworkers had even feared that her psoriasis was contagious.
“People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something,” she recalled.
Despite the challenges she has faced, Delevingne has never let her psoriasis hold her back. In fact, she has actively worked to embrace and accept her condition.
“I am not doing fashion work anymore, after having, like, psoriasis and all that stuff,” she told The Times.
“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.”
Delevingne’s journey to self-acceptance is not only empowering, but it serves as an important message to viewers of the Met Gala and beyond.
We are all human and we all have parts of ourselves that may feel less desirable at first, but are in fact an aspect of us that should be cared for, celebrated, and left unapologized for.
Delevingne’s appearance at the Met Gala serves as a reminder to think twice before covering up our own skin conditions or blemishes.
In an age where many celebrities are refusing to have their pictures photoshopped, it takes courage to step out on the red carpet and not bow to the public’s demand for perfection.
This is particularly true when surrounded by other A-listers who have spent hours doing the opposite.
Delevingne’s decision to show off her psoriasis on the red carpet is a testament to her confidence and self-acceptance, and serves as an inspiration to others.
We’re not sure that we’ll be heading out in just gold paint, a pair of stilettos, and a cane anytime soon, but we are certainly going to think twice before we cover up our own skin conditions or blemishes.
Thanks, Cara, for empowering us to embrace our own imperfections and celebrate them.
Delevingne’s appearance at the Met Gala was not only a bold fashion statement, but also a powerful message of self-acceptance.
She refused to hide her psoriasis and instead proudly displayed it for all to see.
Her bravery serves as an inspiration to others who may be struggling with similar conditions or insecurities.
We can all learn from her example and work towards loving and accepting ourselves exactly as we are.