Back in 2013, Erin Heatherton announced that after five years, she would be hanging up her Victoria's Secret wings. Now, three years later, the 27-year-old is ready to talk about the real reason she left the brand.
In an interview with Motto, the three-time Angel discussed some of the pressures that overshadowed her time as a VS angel.
"I was really depressed because I was working so hard and felt like my body was resisting me," Erin told the mag. "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."
After taking a small hiatus, Erin has taken on a new hat... empowering women and finding ways to be a positive role model.
"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."
Erin also took to Instagram to motivate and empower women with these words of wisdom: "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."