Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Says She Used Diet Pills To Stay Skinny


  • Model Erin Heatherton will appear in an upcoming episode of the “Fallen Angel” podcast.
  • The Victoria’s Secret angel said she uses diet pills to lose weight while also being a model for the company.
  • She said her therapist later referred to the pills as “methamphetamine in the bathwater.”

Erin Heatherton has said she used diet pills that looked like “methamphetamine in bathwater” when she was a Victoria’s Secret Angel, according to People.

Heatherton, 32, will appear in an upcoming episode of the “Fallen Angel” podcast, a documentary-style Victoria’s Secret series produced by C13Originals and Campside Media.

Heatherton walked the Victoria’s Secret catwalk from 2008 to 2013, and was an angel for her last three years with the company.

In the episode, Heatherton, who previously said she was told to lose weight for the 2012 and 2013 Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, revealed to hosts Justine Harman and Vanessa Grigoriadis that she had resorted to pills. weight loss to try and maintain a slim figure, according to People.

Heatherton declined to comment when contacted by Insider for this story.

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Erin Heatherton worked with Victoria’s Secret from 2008 to 2013.

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“There was a certain point where everything I did just didn’t give the same results,” she said on the podcast, per People, adding that her body had changed around the age of 25. years. “I was just a little bigger.”

According to People, Heatherton decided to see a nutritionist, who “started me on this diet pill called phentermine, which my therapist later called” bathwater meth “,” as she put it on the podcast, according to People. . Phentermine is an appetite suppressant.

Heatherton also said she started receiving injections of human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced during pregnancy, on the recommendation of the nutritionist, as People reported.

“I was like, ‘Let me start Armstrong because I’m renovating my apartment. I can’t lose my job right now,'” she said on the podcast, according to People.

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Erin Heatherton said she uses diet pills and takes injections to lose weight.

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“I see it as an emotional cutoff because I was so against everything I did, but I was doing it almost reluctantly to feel the pain or feel how bad it was,” Heatherton continued.

Heatherton is also said to have said that she did not feel any emotional support from Victoria’s Secret during her struggles.

“I don’t believe these people really care about me,” she said, as People reported. “It’s just a business question.” Heatherton added that she was “no longer angry” with the company and no longer had “ties” to it.

According to People, she also told the “Fallen Angel” hosts that she had “really practiced” herself to be in a better mental state and that she wanted to spread this message to other people who might be struggling with it. eating disorders.

“I’m sharing my story again because I don’t want anyone to have an eating disorder or hate their body,” she said. “I know what it feels like.”

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“When you have an eating disorder, you lose your freedom. When you’re confined to that form, it consumes your life,” Heatherton said on the podcast, as People reports.

Victoria’s Secret is in the midst of a massive rebranding campaign after years of criticism.

She ended her Victoria’s Secret show in 2019 and in 2021, the company replaced its angels with seven ambassadors. The brand also recently announced plans to bring its fashion show back to the future without Angels.

Former Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm called the company’s changes a “performative ally” in July 2021.

“There is a new leadership team at Victoria’s Secret who are fully committed to the continued transformation of the brand with a focus on creating an inclusive environment for our associates, clients and partners to celebrate, elevate and stand up for all women, ”Victoria’s Secret representatives said in a statement to Insider.

You can listen to Heatherton on “Fallen Angel” on November 3rd.