Victoria's Secret told model Erin Heatherton to 'lose weight'

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Former Victoria's Secret Model Says She Was Pressured to Lose Weight

Former Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton was told she wasn't thin enough to walk the runway of the famous lingerie brand.

"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?'

During her five-year stint with Victoria's Secret, she said she initially worked incredibly hard to please the brand by eating healthy and working out twice a day — but in 2013, her body "just wouldn't do it."

"I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me," she added. "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."

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Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton during the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory in New York November 19, 2009. The show will be broadcast December 1, 2009 on CBS. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton during the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Armory in New York November 19, 2009. The show will be broadcast December 1, 2009 on CBS. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 10: Erin Heatherton Bubley attends the Louis Vuitton 2010 Cruise Collection launch at Louis Vuitton Saks Lifestyle on November 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 10: Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton attends a meet and greet at Victoria's Secret, SoHo on August 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Moises De Pena/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 25: Model Erin Heatherton attends the Victoria's Secret Launch In Toronto at Yorkdale Shopping Centre on August 25, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Model Erin Heatherton attends Victoria's Secret Beauty 'Bombshell' fragrance launch at Victoria's Secret, SoHo on September 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: Model Erin Heatherton celebrates the launch of the VS PINK National Football League collection at Victoria's Secret, SoHo on November 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Victoria's Secret models (L-R) Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge and Erin Heatherton promote The Love Me Push-Up Lingerie Collection On 'Extra' at the Hard Rock Cafe - Times Square on February 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)
Models Lily Aldridge (L) and Erin Heatherton attend the launch of Victoria's Secret Love Me lingerie collection at Victoria's Secret, Herald Square on February 9, 2011 in New York City.
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12: Models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Erin Heatherton and Candice Swanepoel attends reveal for Victoria's Secret 6th Annual 'What Is Sexy? List: Bombshell Summer Edition' at Victoria's Secret at The Grove on May 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12: Model Erin Heatherton attends The Reveal of the What Is Sexy? List celebrated by Victoria's Secret Bombshells at The Beverly on May 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 25: Victoria's Secret model and Skokie, Illinois native Erin Heatherton throws out the first pitch before the Chicago Cubs game against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field during the Victoria's Secret Bombshell Summer Tour on May 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Paul Warner/WireImage for Victoria's Secret)
Erin Heatherton attends the Victoria's Secret Bombshell tour at Victoria's Secret Michigan Ave on May 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 24: Victoria's Secret Supermodel Erin Heatherton attends the launch of VSX Very Sexy Sport on August 24, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/WireImage for Victoria's Secret)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Models Erin Heatherton atten the Victoria's Secret launch of the Angel fragrance and the Dream Angels bra at Victoria's Secret, SoHo on November 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Model Erin Heatherton walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Model Erin Heatherton walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Kane/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Erin Heatherton attends Victoria's Secret Angels Very Sexy Jet Tour on February 28, 2012 in Miami Beach, United States. (Photo by Larry Marano/FilmMagic)
MERIDA, MEXICO - MARCH 18: Model Erin Heatherton walks the runway wearing David Salomon 'Cromatica Collection' during the Yucatan Moda Nextel 2012 fashion show at the Hacienda Chichi Suarez on March 18, 2012 in Merida, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 10: Erin Heatherton attends the Victoria's Secret Summer 2012 What is Sexy? Launch at Mr. C Beverly Hills at Mr. C Beverly Hills on May 10, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Erin Heatherton arrives at the GQ Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Victoria's Secret Angel Erin Heatherton walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: American model, Erin Heatherton arrives at Bondi Icebergs at Bondi Beach on August 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Heatherton is in Sydney for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival as a guest of Osiris Eyewear. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Model Erin Heatherton attends the opening celebration of Club Monoco's Fifth Avenue Flagship at Club Monaco Fifth Avenue on November 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Model Erin Heatherton attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Erin Heatherton poses for a luxury fragrance launch at Angel & Ash on August 6, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Model Erin Heatherton Lights The Empire State Building Red And White To Honor The 2014 Global Citizen's Festival at The Empire State Building on September 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Model Erin Heatherton attends the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue celebration at Marquee on February 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Supermodel, Nothwest brand ambassador and NFL ambassador Erin Heatherton attends the NFL Women's Style Showdown on behalf of the Northwest on September 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The Northwest)
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Shortly after the show, Heatherton left Victoria's Secret to focus on her health.

"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 is the latest celebrity to discuss body image. On Wednesday, Amy Schumer blasted Glamour magazine for putting her in a "plus-size" issue without consulting her first.

"Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. Glamour put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn't feel right to me," the comedian said. "Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous."

Sports Illustrated has been making headlines in the past few months for putting curvy model Ashley Graham on the cover of its swimsuit issue. Former supermodel Cheryl Tiegs did not seem to support the magazine's decision.

"I don't like that we're talking about full-figured women because it's glamorizing them, and your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches]," she said.

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