Victoria’s Secret ”Angel” Erin Heatherton has modelled for designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta and Tommy Hilfiger, and was in Australia to walk the runway for Osiris eyewear as part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival. The 24-year-old opened up to Kate Waterhouse on how she finds it hard to find balance and hopes to be seen for her inner beauty. But the subject of her former boyfriend, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, was strictly off limits.
Did you always want to be a model?
Never. I wanted to be a doctor but I was scouted when I was 17… and everything kind of changed really quickly. I never knew anything about the fashion industry. I played sport and I had a lot of other things on my mind, so I never had the opportunity to experience all this creativity. It’s really fun to see the behind-the-scenes of [the fashion industry] – that is really fascinating to me.
If you didn’t become a model, would you have become a doctor?
Oh, for sure, yeah. But my younger brother, he just graduated from NYU [New York University], so he followed the path I wanted to, so I kind of got to live life vicariously through him. But, oh well, I’m not missing out, I really love my lifestyle.
What’s been your biggest career highlight?
Working for Victoria’s Secret is definitely a highlight… Even when I started working for Victoria’s Secret, I never dreamed of becoming an ”Angel”. Another highlight was walking for the Valentino Couture show. It was his [Valentino Garavani’s] last couture show and just being a part of the fashion moment, piece of history, something I would tell my kids about, that’s really cool.
What’s the best part of your job?
I love meeting people and talking to people … and I love learning. And there is so much to learn from being in a new city and being surrounded by new people … It’s just really fascinating to learn about different people and their lives and how different people end up working in this creative field and how they feel about it.
What’s the worst part of your job?
[It] probably is finding a balance. Sometimes I want to just be like ”take me as I am” but it really is an image-based society we live in, it’s an image-based industry, and though I would love for all of us to look at each other from the inside out, it’s impossible. It’s very kind of ”little hippie” for thinking that, but that’s challenging for me to always be seen [on] the outside first, before the inside.
Are you buddies with former Victoria’s Secret ”Angel” Miranda Kerr?
Yes, she is amazing. I’ll always love her for showing me [the mockumentary TV series] Summer Heights High. One day on set [for Victoria’s Secret], I was playing comedy videos for hair and make-up and she is like, ”Oh, you have to see this,” and it is like the best thing ever. It’s one of my favourite shows of all time.
What do you do for fun?
I love concerts, I love being with my friends, listening to music, being at dinner parties and just normal – you know, 24-year-old stuff.
I noticed you have a ring on your engagement finger. Are you engaged?
No, it’s this ring. It only fits on this finger! [Laughs.]
Do you have a nice man in your life?
I don’t but I really like how it is right now. I love meeting people and the ”getting to know you” period. I love going on dates and talking.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Hopefully I’d be working on my own project. You know, I want to call some shots [laughs]. I want to work on stuff for the home… I’m a homebody but I make people come to me, like, ”Everyone just come over and we can have fun at my house.” I love to entertain.
Do you have a secret talent?
I can shoot a basket pretty well.
WE WENT TO The Star Lounge, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney.
WE DRANK Tempus Two Blanc de Blanc.
ERIN WORE A Toni Maticevski dress and Osiris glasses.
Photo: Janie Barett