INTERVIEW with Victoria’s Secret Supermodels Chanel Iman & Erin Heatherton
Victoria’s Secret PINK store in SoHo buzzed with more bustle than post-Christmas shopping days last night. A line of several hundred scarf-clad, young men and women formed at Prince Street and soon stretched all the way to flirt with Spring Street.
The first 100 in line arrived early with a mission. They got to meet and snap a photo with Victoria’s Secret supermodels Chanel Iman and Erin Heatherton. Others waited for football favorites Mark Sanchez and Brandon Jacobs to roll in for a meet and greet. The event was held to promote PINK’s new line of NFL, girl-approved apparel – “PINK NFL.”
Inside, Chanel and Erin stood calmly posing for a quick photo shoot. (They smiled, tossing a silver, sequined football back and forth.) TV reporters came next, taping segments with the tall models, who were decked out in Giants and Jets gear. When it was my turn, I walked past the semi-circle of media commotion and straight up to Chanel and Erin. Here’s how our interview went down.
LookBooks: Growing up, who were some models that you looked up to and got inspiration from?
Erin: “I love Cindy Crawford because she is a beautiful, powerful, glamorous woman. She’s tall like me, and she’s also from Illinois like me. She really embodies a positive energy that not all models have. She’s really just gorgeous and happy, and she is a real picture of health and pureness.”
Chanel: “I’m a big Kate Moss fan.”
Erin: “On the other side.”
Chanel: “I love her. She’s a rock star!”
LookBooks: We’ve never seen a picture of you guys when you didn’t look stunning. Have you ever taken a bad photo?
Chanel: “Well there’s a lot of pictures out there that I would never put on the Internet. But for the most we don’t have control of that. They get out sometimes and we think why would they take that picture?”
Erin: “I think being tired is the worst thing. I mean when I wake up in the morning and take a shower and have no makeup on I sometimes feel my best. Then when you have tons of makeup on you can feel awesome, too. It’s best to love yourself just the way you are naturally. But definitely, get your sleep.”
Chanel: “You know what’s funny, Erin, is I just showed you a picture. We were discussing why someone would use a certain picture of us. Remember, but you said, ‘it’s beautiful!’”
Erin: “Everyone’s always hard on themselves.”
Chanel: “Yeah, I think everybody’s like that.”
LookBooks: For the millions of girls who dream about it, what’s it like being a Victoria’s Secret supermodel?
Chanel: “It’s a lot of hard work, and it’s a lot of hours. It’s seriously a full-on schedule, and it’s non-stop. But at the same time, it’s a lot of fun. It’s glamorous and it’s a job that we are very privileged to have. We love working with wonderful, beautiful people.”
For more on Victoria Secret’s PINK NFL Collection, see here.