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For us a decision to shed a few kilos or to gain some is fully ours. But it is not the case when you are a reputable model working in the fashion industry. Their body is treated as the job asset, and keeping it in shape is part of the demands they must always fulfill. While they might get the body of our dreams, the liberty to treat their body as their wish is surely lacking.
Just recently, a former Victoria’s Secret Model, Erin Heatherton, opened up about how she struggled with her body image. "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,” Heatherton told Time's Motto website.
Heatherton says she initially worked hard trying to please the people she was working for by eating healthy and exercising twice a day. But while preparing for her last Victoria’s Secret show in 2013, her body “just wouldn’t do it”. Not long after, she decided to part ways with the lingerie brand. On her lengthy-captioned post on instagram, she revealed about her breakdown, and how it empowered her in the end.
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
In the industry to which people look up when setting their “body goals” the naked truth behind what it takes to achieve such body shape often times remained unrevealed. This is the fact Heatherton implied in her following remark. “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.”
“I’m willing to sacrifice my pride, in a sense, and my privacy because I know that if I don’t speak about it, I could be withholding information that would really help women,” she says. “It hurts too much to keep it in, and that’s why I’m not keeping it in now.” How the model opened up about her struggle surely speaks volume about the actual price of looking ‘that good’. As for ourselves, we better keep this in mind: it’s neither pretty nor glamorous if ‘body goals’ put our well-being at cost.
Via: Time’s Motto