Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton says she has admitted she took diet pills and injected herself with artificial hormones due to fears she would be fired by the lingerie giant if she didn’t lose weight.
The 32-year-old model began walking in the brand’s fashion show in 2008 but hung up her wings for good in 2013 after claiming the brand put pressure on her to lose weight.
In a desperate bid to lose weight, the Illinois-born model visited a ‘nutritionist to the stars’, who suggested she take appetite suppressants which she compared to ‘bathwater meth’.
Speaking in an upcoming episode of the Fallen Angel podcast, Erin said that ‘things went south’ when she naturally started to gain weight at the age of 25.
A Victoria’s Secret spokesperson told FEMAIL: ‘There is a new leadership team at Victoria’s Secret who is fully committed to the continued transformation of the brand with a focus on creating an inclusive environment for our associates, customers and partners to celebrate, uplift and champion all women.’
Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton says she took diet pills and injected herself with artificial hormones due to fears she would be fired if she didn’t lose weight. She is pictured during her last catwalk show for the brand in 2013
Erin, pictured in Las Vegas in 2016, said that ‘things went south’ when she naturally started to gain weight at the age of 25
‘There was this certain point where everything that I was doing just didn’t yield the same results’, she said.
‘I was just a little bit bigger. In retrospect, that’s just biology and how the body works. You’re not the same size when you’re 18 to when you’re 25.’
Terrified of losing her job, Erin sought the help of a doctor who prescribed her with an appetite suppressant and hormone injections.
‘[He] started me on this diet pill called phentermine, which my therapist later called ‘bathwater meth”‘, she said.
In 2013 Erin decided to quit the brand due to pressure to lose weight. Pictured a year earlier at the infamous annual fashion show in New York
Erin walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show for the final time in 2013. She said she looks back on the images and can’t believe she was told she needed to lose some weight
‘I was just like, “Help me lose weight. What do people do?” He suggested something this other model did that worked for her.
‘This is this nutritionist to the stars, whatever. I started like a diabetic injecting my stomach every morning.
‘I look back at it as like emotional cutting because I was so against everything that I was doing, but I was just reluctantly doing it almost to feel the pain or feel how wrong it was.’
In 2016, Erin revealed she battled with depression and opened up about how her decision to quit the catwalk was brought on by pressure from the brand to lose weight.
Speaking to Motto about her body image issues, the blonde beauty – who quit the underwear brand catwalk in 2013 – said: ‘My last two Victoria’s Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight. I look back, like, “Really?”.
Erin, pictured in 2016, made her breakthrough appearing in Diane Von Furstenberg’s catwalk show in 2006 and has starred in campaigns for the likes of Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana
‘I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me.
‘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.’
Erin made her breakthrough appearing in Diane Von Furstenberg’s catwalk show in 2006 and has starred in campaigns for the likes of Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.
The model, who is a Sports Illustrated regular, previously dated Leonardo di Caprio for 10 months from 2011 to 2012.
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