Have you noticed something missing from the catwalk these past few seasons?  Yep, we’re talking about Cara Delevingne. After dominating the runways across all four fashion capitals for a good few years, Cara hung up her heels and quit modeling to focus on her burgeoning acting career. Scoring parts in Pan, Paper Towns and the soon to be released Tulip Fever, Cara is certainly keeping busy with acting.

Cara used to be a catwalk regular

The question we’ve all been wondering is: what made her quit modeling in the first place?

Well, none other than Cara herself has revealed the answer in a letter for TIME’s new women’s magazine, Motto.

Cara cites frankly how modeling no longer made her happy.  “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,” she wrote.

Cara has swapped walking the catwalk for watching it

 

The actress describes how she started to seriously question what she was gaining from modelling.

Cara wrote: “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… “Wait, what am I trying to do? Who am I doing this for?”…Over time, I came to realize that work and getting others’ approval isn’t the most important thing…I wasn’t genuinely happy.” 

Wise words indeed.

She concludes the open letter by writing how now she has accepted herself she has found happiness again.

“It’s taken time, but now I realize that work isn’t everything and success comes in many forms. I’ve opened my mind, and now I embrace new things with a childlike curiosity. I’m spending more time doing the stuff I love. And I’ve been able to do better work because of it.”

By Elizabeth Bennett