By Ryann Casey
In an essay on self-love, DeLevingne uses her personal experience to depict the importance of loving
yourself, living for yourself, and seeking out what truly makes YOU happy.
Try New Things
Cara wouldn’t have discovered her passion for modeling if she never tried her hand at it, despite being 5’8 and shorter than most girls in the business.
Cara is learning to open her mind and “embrace new things with a childlike curiosity.” She spends more time doing things she loves, which translates into her doing better work.
Don’t Give Up
Working hard to be accepted by the fashion industry caused Cara to feel that she needed validation from everyone.
It took a while to gain stability in the business, and after modeling for several years Cara knew she had to reevaluate her life goals and redefine what happiness and success meant to her.
Who Am I Doing This For?
Struggling with the constant feeling of disappointing others made Cara realize she was seeking approval as validation. Cara describes her turning point as the moment where she felt like, “Wait, what am I trying to do? Who am I doing this for?”
She was proud of her accomplishments, but knew there was more important things than others approval. She wasn’t genuinely happy.
Is This Happiness?
Reflecting, Cara realizes that beating herself up, feeling guilty and regretting the past only holds her back. “I lost sight of myself and what it meant to be happy, what it meant to be successful.”
Cara sums up her message in one final statement:
“No matter how many people like you and your work, it doesn’t matter unless you like yourself.”
Read Cara’s full article here.