Erin Heatherton Talks Unrealistic Beauty Standards

April 6th 2016

Almie Rose

Erin Heatherton, former Victoria's Secret model, is sick of perpetuating unrealistic body standards and she's speaking out against her former employers.

"My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight," she told TIME. "I look back like, ‘Really?'"


Heatherton joins model Cara Delevingne, who was also recently open and honest about her struggles. While Delevingne spoke about her mental health issues and does not blame the modeling industry for "anything," Heatherton seems to be assigning blame. She describes how she tried to lose weight by changing her diet and working out multiple times a day in order to prepare for a 2013 Victoria's Secret runway show, but says that her body, "just wouldn't do it."


At 5'11", with a size 4 dress and measurements of 33-24.5-34, it's frustrating to think that she wasn't enough for the lingerie company. Heatherton seems to have felt that way.

"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."

It seems that no matter what their shape or size, women are consistently scrutinized for their bodies. If the media considers Amy Schumer "plus-sized" then it makes total twisted sense that Heatherton felt massive pressure to lose weight.

So Heatherton decided to leave Victoria's Secret. "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."

Wearing a t-shirt reading "EMPOWERED BY FAILURE," Heatherton posted a photo on Instagram describing her "breakdown" and how she found inspiration to stand tall from Abraham Lincoln, of all people: "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."

[H/T Time]