Victoria’s Secret Told Erin Heatherton and Her Six-Pack to Lose Weight
When you think about a model strutting down theÂ Victoria’s Secret runway in lingerie and posing in a bikini for the Sports IllustratedÂ Swimsuit Issue, body image struggles wouldn’t usually come to mind. But like many women, supermodelÂ Erin HeathertonÂ has battled with her body image, especially when told to drop a few pounds.
â€œMy last two Victoriaâ€™s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight,â€ she toldÂ TIMEÂ magazine’s Motto. â€œI look back like, â€˜Really?’â€
And it wasÂ after that show when Erin chose toÂ part ways with Victoriaâ€™s Secret: â€œI realized I couldnâ€™t go out into the worldâ€”parading my body and myself in front of all these women who look up to meâ€”and tell them that this is easy and simple and everyone can do this.â€
“I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me,” she said. “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.”
The model first opened up about the pressures from Victoria’s Secret last month in an Instagram post.Â The photoÂ featuredÂ Erin in a shirt with “Empowered by Failure” writtenÂ across it.
The breakdown to breakthrough moment in my life has allowed me to become the truest version of myself. In my moment of â€œfailure,â€ 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, â€œNearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a menâ€™s character, give him powerâ€ – Abraham Lincoln. I look back on that moment now, and I embrace it. This feeling I once perceived as â€œfailureâ€ 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 arenâ€™t being true to yourself, then what the fuck is the point. #rebelwacause #empowerment #womensempowerment#empoweredbyyou
So, why has Erin chose to speak out now?
“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 said. “It hurts too much to keep it in, and that’s why I’m not keeping it in now.”
Just a little daily dose of girl power for you.