Erin Heatherton (born Erin Heather Bubley; March 4, 1989) is an American fashion model and actress who . She is best known for her work as an official Angel for Victoria's Secret from 2008-2013, leading her also to walk the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show from 2008-2013.
Heatherton is from Skokie, Illinois. She was discovered in her teens while on vacation in South Beach, Miami. Before long, she was on her way to New York, and by age 17 had a cover with Italian 'Flair.' Other covers include:
- Austria: 'Flair' - May 2010
- China: 'GQ' - May 2011
- Czech Republic: 'Elle' - July 2011
- Hungary: 'Flair' - May 2010
- Italy: 'Grazia' - 2006; 'D' - July 07 2007; 'Velvet' - January 2008
While Erin is no longer an official Angel, with her Angel contract ending in 2013, Erin's days of glory continue: she appeared in the 2015 and 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. Erin, however, has not completely left her Victoria's Secret days behind: she has had some choice words about her experience there - though she is careful to add that her issues stemmed from within, not from Victoria's Secret itself.
Recently, Erin revealed why she abruptly left Victoria's Secret. In her words:
My last two Victoria's Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight. I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me. 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.Heatherton left Victoria's Secret soon after.
The decision to leave Victoria's Secret was a turning point in Erin's life:
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.
Erin still makes the tabloids. For instance, in late 2016 Erin made news by listing her Morton Square apartment in the West Village. According to news reports, this was due at least in part to noise complaints from fellow tenants. The condo board apparently levied $16,000 in fines against her. To be fair to Erin, she denies all the allegations, and several other celebrities (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Oliver Stone and Amy Poehler) have also sold their apartments in the area fairly recently. Reportedly, Erin's pad is worth most $3 million for the 2 bedrooms, so she's not exactly in financial distress.
Erin has had some acting gigs. For instance, she has had bit parts in "She's Funny That Way" (2014) and TV series "The League." She makes many appearances basically playing herself, such as on "Mike & Mike" and "Fox and Friends."
Erin maintains an active Twitter account. She is represented by IMG Models.
I think girls have this illusion that being perfect will make their lives perfect, and it's a complete lie. Because I've been there, and it didn't make me happier.