Do you think Erin Heatherton is fat? Victoria’s Secrets casting agents did. Erin has recently revealed in a tell all interview with Time Magazine that she was pressured to drop weight prior to her 2012 and 2013 appearances on the annual Victoria’s Secret runway.
“My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight” says Heatherton, “I look back like, really?” The lingerie brand has been plagued with claims that they enforce unhealthy and unrealistic beauty standards on their models for years, and Heatherton is just the latest in a bevy of former angels who are speaking out against their treatment.
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These claims come after Heatherton posted a picture of herself wearing a t-shirt with the slogan “empowered by failure” on her personal Instagram last month. She captioned the picture by reflecting on the struggle she had with her body image and eventually finding the strength to love herself again.
“I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me,” she told Time, “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.”
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Erin walked in the Victoria’s Secret fashion shows from 2008 to 2013, but severed all ties with the lingerie giant after feeling like she could not meet the body standards that were expected of her. “I look back on that moment now, and I embrace it,” she continued, “this feeling I once perceived as failure was, in truth, a powerful awakening for me to stand behind my purpose in life”.
Erin is now sporting a curvier frame, posing for Sports Illustrated and looking happy and healthy in her own skin.
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