Shalom Harlow has candidly discussed her struggles with chronic illness for the first time.
The Canadian supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s, where she walked the runways for the likes of Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Marc Jacobs.
However, Harlow took a year off from work in 2000 and embarked on a longer hiatus in 2013, and in a new interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, she shared that she had been battling a combination of Lyme disease and black mould poisoning from a former home.
“Deep chronic illness will incite a nervous breakdown,” she told the publication. “I did have complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the level of infections in my body. There were moments of grace and surrender and a lot of moments of digging in my heels. My unhealed physical, mental, and emotional wounds had finally caught up with me.”
Even after taking time to care for her wellbeing, Harlow admitted she is “still healing”. Accordingly, she is very selective about the projects she takes on.
“I don’t want to be on a plane every week flying halfway across the world. It’s not sustainable for my body or the environment,” the 46-year-old insisted, before noting that she believes there is a way for designers and photographers to harness more local resources. “We need to figure out a localised idea of what fashion is. There’s tonnes of talent everywhere.”
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