According to the model, who signed on to become a VS Angel in 2010 before hanging up her wings for good three years later, recently revealed that she was told she needed to slim down towards the end of her contract.
“My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight,” she told Time‘s Motto website. “I look back like, ‘Really?'”
Heatherton, 27, claimed that her last runway shoe was the hardest because her body “just wouldn’t do it” even with healthy diet and exercise.
“I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me,” Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex 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.”
She continued, “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.”
Heatherton parted ways with Victoria’s Secret in 2013. She was first hired by the company in 2008 and appeared in their fashion shows for five years.
“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 explained of why she came forward with her story. “It hurts too much to keep it in, and that’s why I’m not keeping it in now.”
Previously, Heatherton opened up about her struggles with body image in a lengthy Instagram post about empowerment, writing, “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.”
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