This Victoria’s Secret Model Talks Body Image

Erin Heatherton may have enjoyed huge success as a supermodel for the likes of Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated, but she has taken to Instagram to reveal her struggle with the pressures of body image. The 27-year old posted a picture of herself wearing a t-shirt which reads ‘Empowered by Failure’, which she then explained in her accompanying caption:

“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.”

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Erin’s first turn on the catwalk was for DIane von Furstenberg back in 2006, when she was just 16. Since then, she has walked for all the industry heavyweights, including Prada, Stella McCartney, Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera and Dolce & Gabbana, to name but a few. 

And while she’s open about her struggle, it seems that Erin has fully recovered, and is ready to move on:

 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…)”

The model also tagged Empowered by You in her post, which is an underwear label that works to help women living in poverty. In a second picture, Erin shared the story of Renata Black, the label’s founder, suggesting she may be working with them on an upcoming project. 

Whatever she does next, Erin has some very wise words for us all:

“In the end, if you aren’t being true to yourself, then what the f*** is the point.”

Hear, hear.