In a recent interview with Time magazine, supermodel Erin Heatherton was told she wasn’t thin enough to star in their annual fashion shows.
“My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight,” she said. “I look back like, ‘Really?'”
The pressure made her “really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me,” adding, “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.”
Erin, who modeled for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in 2015, decided it was best to end her deal with Victoria’s Secret, which turned out to be the right move for her.
“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,” she said.
Erin recently took to Instagram to explain her decision. She doesn’t harbor ill will and what was a ‘failure’ has become a ‘powerful awakening.’
“I stepped away from hiding behind a fabricated version of myself,” she said. “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.”
It is hard to think of Ms. Heatherton as a failed model.