Victoria’s Secret model Erin Heatherton walked in the famous fashion shows from 2008 to 2013 and had the job that most girls would die for. Three years after leaving Victoria’s Secrets, she’s opened up about the body image struggles she faced while being an angel.
“My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight,” she tells TIME magazine’s Motto, “I look back like, ‘Really?'” During her last show in 2023, she was exercising twice a day but didn’t get the results she desired.
“I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me,” she says, “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.”
“I realized 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.”
Last month, she posted a photo on Instagram opening up about her moment of “failure”. She said, “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.”
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
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