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Supermodel Erin Heatherton walked away from her gig with Victoria’s Secret due to the constant pressure to stay slim.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex-girlfriend was a regular in the lingerie and swimwear firm’s advertising campaigns from 2010 until she hung up her wings as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2013.
Erin, 27, has now revealed being told to lose a few pounds pushed her over the edge and prompted her to quit the lucrative job.
“My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight,” she recalled to Time magazine’s Motto site. “I look back like, ‘Really?'”
The leggy beauty hit the gym twice a day before her final appearance in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November, 2013, but she struggled with the blues when she failed to hit her target weight, and the depression even made her seriously consider starving herself.
“I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me,” she 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.’
“I realised 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.”
Now, more than two years after walking away from Victoria’s Secret, Erin has learned to feel more comfortable with her figure.
“I stepped away from hiding behind a fabricated version of myself,” she explained. “I no longer put actions behind my fears and insecurities.”
Victoria’s Secret bosses have yet to respond to Erin’s weight loss comments.
Her remarks emerge weeks after the blonde beauty went public with her depression battle over her body issues in a candid post on Instagram.
Posing in a black tank top featuring the words, “Empowered by Failure”, she wrote, “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 fulfil the demands of perfectionism upon me. I am not perfect.” (MT/WNWCDAM/TD)
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