Erin Heatherton, owner of possibly the best abs on the planet, was told she needed to lose weight before her most recent two Victoria’s Secret fashion shows. Just let that thought sink in for a minute.
During a recent interview with Motto, the former Victoria’s Secret model spoke about her challenges working with the lingerie giant, saying she struggled with depression while working with them.
“My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight. I look back like, ‘Really?'” Heatherton said, adding, “I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me. And I got to a point where one night I got home from a workout and I remember staring at my food and thinking maybe I should just not eat.”
Heatherton, 27, quit her gig with the brand back in 2013, basically saying that she was sick of pretending to the world it’s easy to look like a supermodel: “I couldn’t go out into the world—parading my body and myself in front of all these women who look up to me—and tell them that this is easy and simple and everyone can do this. I’m willing to sacrifice my pride, in a sense, and my privacy because I know that if I don’t speak about it, I could be withholding information that would really help women,” she says. “It hurts too much to keep it in, and that’s why I’m not keeping it in now.”
This interview comes just weeks after 27-year-old Heatherton took to Instagram to speak about her self-confidence issues, writing that she has struggled with body insecurities in a 205-word post that appears to be affiliated with Renata Mutis Black, the founder of Seven Bar Foundation and Empowered by You, an organization that encourage women to share stories of adversity to empower others.
The breakdown to breakthrough moment in my life has allowed me to become the truest version of myself. In my moment of “failure,” I stood in the face of adversity. I was struggling with my body image and the pressures to fulfill the demands of perfectionism upon me. I am not perfect. Through this struggle, however, I found the strength to love myself. I stood in my power. I thought of one of my favorite quotes, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a men’s character, give him power” - Abraham Lincoln. I look back on that moment now, and I embrace it. This feeling I once perceived as “failure” was, in truth, a powerful awakening for me to stand behind my purpose in life. I stepped away from hiding behind a fabricated version of myself. I no longer put actions behind my fears and insecurities. I made a choice to redirect my energy to be a catalyst for change. To create a channel for women to become the truest versions of themselves, along with me. (Stay tuned for more...) In the end, if you aren’t being true to yourself, then what the fuck is the point. #rebelwacause #empowerment #womensempowerment#empoweredbyyou
Victoria’s Secret has yet to comment on the claims, so here’s another look at the body the lingerie brand (allegedly) thinks needs to lose weight.