We have a morbid love of models offering any sort of advice in the realms of beauty, fitness, diet and (especially) body image/self acceptance. These professionally beautiful men and women certainly struggle with all of those things, but their frequent insistence that “it’s all about confidence” and reliance on platitudes like “you just have to love yourself” sometimes feel remarkably un-self-aware. Who didn’t have a hearty chuckle when willowy supermodel Miranda Kerr announced she’d finally “embraced her curves”?
Today Erin Heatherton is our latest entry in tone deaf beauty advice from successful lingerie models. First, she tells the Daily Mail that eating is important:
“I’ve learned a lot about diet in my years of being an Angel. A mistake a lot of girls make is that they work out but don’t eat enough. If you’re not eating enough, all the work outs are doing, it’s not going to show. You could be doing a million butt lifts, but your butt is not going to get any bigger because there is nothing to build on. Your body needs food to make that happen.”
Great point, Erin! Cogent, even! But then it gets a little suspect…
“I work out twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. I’ll start with half an hour of running and then some yoga to stretch everything out so everything is warm. In the evening I do butt lifts. It’s important to be fit, but you shouldn’t get too skinny. You need to have curves.”
Setting aside the very obvious problem of statements like, “You shouldn’t get too skinny,” (IE, you’re not pretty and womanly, naturally thin girls!), there’s a wonderful absurdity in telling people they shouldn’t look too extreme in one direction and in the same breath admitting you work out twice a day.
In any event, thank god for Photoshop!