read cara delevingne's deeply personal essay on self-acceptance

In a new essay the model talks about finding happiness and herself between life, work and galactic superstardom.

by i-D Staff
10 March 2016, 6:06am

Image via Instagram

Cara Delevingne has always had a penchant for life affirmations—just look at how her Instagram regularly empowers her 27.9 million followers to embrace their weirdness. In a recent essay for Time's online publication Motto, the model is getting deeper than inspirational quotes.

Titled Getting Others Approval Isn't the Most Important Thing, Cara's essay is all about self love and tenacity. She opens by reminding everyone that despite her stratospheric success, when she began modelling the industry odds were very much against her: "At 5'8'', I was shorter than most girls in the business. Still, I gave it a shot, and like with most things in my life, I never gave up."

Her persistence certainly paid off; she went on to be not only a huge commercial force, a leader of the Insta-model revolution, and was two-time Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. Amidst all this success, Cara began to feel that she'd lost sight of what it meant to be happy and successful. While not everyone can understand what it feels like to be rich, famous and eyebrow-iconic, most can probably relate to the confusion in balancing life and work.

Luckily, there's a happy ending. With girlfriend Annie Clark (AKA St Vincent) by her side, Cara had the chance to re-evaluate her work in the fashion industry and chase other opportunities. Following her success with 2015 film Paper Towns and the upcoming juggernaut Suicide Squad, she's made the tricky switch from model to actress. Beyond work, she's also realised that success comes in many forms, and concludes, "I've opened my mind, and now I embrace things with a childlike curiosity."

Cara's honesty is just another reason why she's so massively admired—she was recently awarded the Seriously Popular Award this year at the People's Choice Awards. Beyond professional accolades and Insta-fame, her most impressive quality is her vocal support of mental health issues. Last month she even spoke out against the much discussed Facebook dislike button, telling The Sunday Times, "if you can go around disliking someone's pictures, that is going to set off a whole new wave of bullying."

After experiencing depression as a teenager she's committed to speaking to those 27.9 million followers about issues impacting young people. Way to show everyone that fashion model and role model don't need to be two different things.


Text Hanna Butterworth
Image via Instagram

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