While Mirror, Mirror reflects teenagers’ feelings of self-loathing and the need to belong, it is also notable how awful all the parents in the book are – neglectful,
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that whole thing of being called frigid, and being flat-chested… I felt alienated and alone, because I was like: What’s wrong with me? I always wanted people to love me, so I never got angry with them; I turned my anger on to myself. Instead of using [my] sword and shield [to protect myself], I just put my shield up and stabbed myself.” She acts it out.
At 15 she had a breakdown and was pulled out of school to receive treatment. “I hated myself for being depressed, I hated feeling depressed, I hated feeling,” she recalls. “I was very good at disassociating from emotion completely. And all the time I was second-guessing myself, saying something and then hating myself for saying it. I didn’t understand what was happening apart from the fact that I didn’t want to be alive anymore.”
judgmental, prejudiced, abusive, addicted. Delevingne adores her own parents, and the book is written from a teen’s perspective, so it’s not personally significant, as she explains, “All teenagers love to blame their parents for everything.” But Delevingne’s own mother struggled with addiction when her daughters were young, and the anger of one character towards an alcoholic mother can’t be entirely fictional.
“I don’t want to talk too much about me and my parents’ relationship,” says Delevingne slowly. “I love them deeply and I wouldn’t be who I am without them. Maybe because of things I experienced or saw, I knew my childhood was slightly different to other kids. [But] parents, unless
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