"Who Am I Doing This for?": Cara Delevingne Writes an Essay About Finding Her Way Again After Modeling

Have self-doubt? Read this.

Cara Delevingne
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Now that she's semi-retired from modeling (opens in new tab), Cara Delevingne's going all Spotlight on the industry. 

"I felt like I needed validation from everyone," she writes in an essay published on Time (opens in new tab). "As a result, I lost sight of myself and what it meant to be happy, what it meant to be successful. I think it all stemmed from a deep-down feeling of wanting people to like me and love me."

After she left fashion, however, she says she eventually regained her sense of self by re-prioritizing her life.

"When you're coming from a place of living just to work, it's never as good as you want it to be. It's never as authentic. When you have balance in your life, work becomes an entirely different experience. There is a passion that moves you to a whole new level of fulfillment and gratitude and that's when you can do your best…for yourself and for others."

And to that, on behalf of all the over-scheduled millennials, we say "Amen." 

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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.