Okay so first things first (I’m the realest..I had to though) I’ll explain what ‘Caudrey’ stands for.
Cara Delevigne + Audrey Nethery.
These two ladies have inspired me today. Let’s begin with Audrey.
Audrey Nethery is a 6 year old girl whose ‘Hit the quan’ and ‘Taylor Swift karaoke’ videos have had me almost in tears as to how immensely adorable she is. So if you know me, you’d know I’m a professional stalker so I just HAD to find out more about this girl. I spent the whole morning watching her Youtube videos and discovered that they were all a part of her parents bright idea to showcase her talents as a source of awareness for the disease she has: the Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA). So if you’re like me and have never heard of this disease, then in a nutshell, it is a disease of the bone marrow which in turn affects the red blood cells leading to growth and bone deficiencies as well as problems in oxygen levels. As a fellow human living with a similar disease that affects my red blood cells, I immediately became attached to this child and felt so emotional and inspired by her energy and her love for dance. She’s had 20 blood transfusions so far in her 6 years of life and trust me when I say, they are not a fun thing to experience so I can only imagine how draining it all must be. But from what I’ve seen, she doesn’t let it get her down but rather she has a zeal for life that not many living free of disease can say they have. I love seeing things like this because they remind me to always remain thankful and to live as fearlessly and positively as I possibly can.
If Audrey can, so can we.
So I don’t think I need to elaborate on who Cara Delevigne is. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, she is one of the most successful young models in the Fashion industry and has been named “Model of the Year” at the 2014 British Fashion Award. Needless to say, she is a fashion icon. However, I just recently heard that Miss Delevigne has decided to quit modelling! And her reasoning for it was this:
“Modelling 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.”
After reading more than one article on this news, I had a huge smile on my face. This was simply because I was so happy that someone who was at the peak of their career had the strength and ability to say no to something they knew was not benefitting their lives in a positive way. This is something we all fail to do because it’s so much easier to ride the wave rather than to fight against it. However, Cara has forfeited the game of charades and decided to forge her own path, pursuing what she always wanted to do: act.
“The pressure I get is usually from myself. I’ve really had to stop caring what other people think.”
You don’t understand how much I feel this story applies to me. Sometimes in life, we wear masks to hide our true feelings due to fear or people-pleasing attitudes. Cara’s mask clearly was her profession as a model which in itself aimed to dress her up in pretty gowns and hide her imperfections to the point where “People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought it was, like, leprosy or something” whilst she was dealing with psoriasis. However, she has decided to remove that mask and be herself and in doing so has inspired me incredibly. I love seeing things like this because it reminds to me to live as fearlessly as I can and not over-analyse what people think cause they will always talk.
If Cara can, so can we.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Peace & Love,