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Beauty and brains?

Lily Cole felt “hugely liberated” to complete her degree at Cambridge University. The model-and-actress – who recently obtained an awe-inspiring double first in History of Art from the exclusive British educational institution – admitted she came close to not finishing her studies because she was “so exhausted” after having to juggle academia and acting.

She said: “I feel hugely liberated. I’m super glad that I managed to finish it – and semi-surprised. The closest I came to not finishing it was the day before my last exam. I was so exhausted. I’d been drinking a lot of coffee. I would never mind not doing the best if I felt like I gave my best effort.”

Lily added in an interview with Style magazine: “It’s a constant dialogue with myself. With some friends yesterday, we were having a conversation about the material world versus the spiritual, and there are arguments for enjoying beauty and having less things, but things you love.

“It’s always been cooler and safer to just not say anything and not care. I know I used to piss people off. Now I try not to talk too much and just do what I can.”

Lily, we think you’re pretty impressive just the way you are!

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