Think the modeling world is all glitz and glamour? Cara Delevingne is shedding light on the not-so-perfect side of the industry with an inspiring essay for Time that details her struggles with insecurity during her early career.
“I worked hard to be accepted by the fashion community in ways beyond my physical appearance,” Delevingne wrote. “In no time, though, I found myself surrendering to the industry’s approval process. I felt like I needed validation from everyone. As a result, I lost sight of myself and what it meant to be happy, what it meant to be successful.”
Eventually, however, she learned to accept herself and not seek so much validation. “I still have so much to learn, but I have realized that beating myself up, feeling guilty and regretting past mistakes will only hold me back. After all, no matter how many people like you and your work, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like yourself.”
Now that’s a sentiment we can get behind. Kudos to Delevingne for opening up and offering inspiring advice for girls who idolize seemingly perfect models.
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