The annual Women in the World Summit was held last Saturday (Oct. 10) at the Lincoln Center in New York. I've followed it since the inaugural 2010 launch by Tina Brown, the former Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Tatler. Past speakers have included Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Malala Yousafzai etc.
This year, I really liked model/actress Cara Delevingne's interview with Rupert Everett. I knew she was an interesting creature when I found out that she was dating St. Vincent (who I love and think is slyly-slash-insanely intelligent). Woven between the lines of her journey as a model she touches on some common challenges of growing up. With or without the label of 'depression,' her struggles and worries are relatable ones. I also personally like the bit about her "finding writing" :)
When something strikes a chord with me I like to immediately write it down so that I can refer back to it. I find I've been looking through a lot of my notebooks for inspiration lately. My brain is always so full of random thoughts that I have this fear of forgetting. So if you don't have time to watch the entire interview (17:14 mins), I extracted some of my favourite nuggets below.
Food for Thought from Cara Delevingne:
- There are so many things to discover but the most important journey all of us will go through is the journey to ourselves. To find our truth, to find who we are and what makes us happy.
- In our culture, we are told that if we are beautiful, if we are skinny, if we are successful, if we are famous, if we fit in, if everyone loves us, that we'll be happy. But that's not entirely true.
- A strong facade disguising the misery. Full to the brim of fake confidence.
- I wanted the world to swallow me up but I clawed my way back to some sort of rational thought.
- Don't do anything for anyone other than yourself.
- On her success: I felt like I never deserved any of it. Like I was living someone else's dream.
- Hold a mirror up to yourself and really look at what it is that you need.
- Writing is something that saved my life. I would read what I'd written and it was like someone else was talking to me.
- Find people around you that have your best interests at heart, that care about you and support you, and that you also care about and support. It's a lovely circle.
- Embrace your flaws. I think flaws are the things that make us special. The cracks within us are the beautiful parts that need to have light shed on them, otherwise they're just left.
- Women are great. They're wonderful creatures. They are the bearers of life.
- On reaching for more in your career: There's so much more to do [than modelling]. Dream bigger. Go for President. Astronaut. Just keep going.
- Be comfortable in your own shoes because you're going to be in them for awhile.