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Cara Delevingne Gets Honest About Her Exit From Modeling: 'I Needed Validation From Everyone'

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Cara Delevingne has come a long way since her fashion days!

Not only has Cara starred in her first movie (Paper Towns), but the beauty also found love with musician St. Vincent. 2015 was definitely a year of big changes and fresh starts for the former runway model.

Related: Cara Has A Runway Battle With Derek Zoolander!

While some might be confused as to why Delevingne opted for this new life over a successful fashion career, it was all quite clear for the 23-year-old herself. To put it bluntly, the talented gal just wasn't happy.

Speaking on her inner turmoil, Cara wrote in an essay for Motto:

"I worked hard to be accepted by the fashion community in ways beyond my physical appearance. 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. I think it all stemmed from a deep-down feeling of wanting people to like me and love me."

Aw! It sounds like C.D. was in the biz for the wrong reasons!

The blonde added:

"When you do everything you can to make people happy with your work but there are still people who aren't happy, you start to think, 'Well, I've worked my a** off. I've done everything. I've pushed myself into the ground.' You just feel like you're constantly disappointing others, and there's this moment when you're like, 'Wait, what am I trying to do? Who am I doing this for?'"

Luckily for the the gorgeous lady, she was able to shift her perspective to embrace a new and better reality:

"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. 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."

What wise words!

You can read Cara's full advice column HERE!

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