Cara Delevingne Writes Powerful Essay On Why She Quit Modelling

‘Of course I was proud of my accomplishments, but I wasn’t genuinely happy'

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ELLE favourite Cara Delevingne has written a powerful essay for TIME's Motto about what made her leave modelling for good, saying that she was never 'genuinely happy’ doing it.

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In the article she discusses being accepted by the fashion industry as a 5,8 woman,  the complications in everything being about her physical appearance, and why after years of not being sure she eventually decided to quit the catwalk. 

She writes in the piece; ‘Over time, I came to realize that work and getting others’ approval isn’t the most important thing. Yes, your career is very important—but it’s not the most important. Of course I was proud of my accomplishments, but I wasn’t genuinely happy.’

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Cara continues; ‘I was nearly 20 and had been modelling for several years. My vantage point had changed…and I had changed. I knew I had to reevaluate my life and my goals for my future. I didn’t want to resent fashion or my success. The process didn’t happen overnight, but it was imperative for me to preserve my integrity.’

Having now made it as an actress, staring in Paper Towns, Pan and The Face Of An Angel last year and the highly anticipated Sucide Squad this summer, Cara said she’s finally found what makes her truly happy. She writes; ‘I’m spending more time doing the stuff I love. And I’ve been able to do better work because of it.’

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