RANDALL SLAVIN/Ocean Drive Magazine
While Erin Heatherton may be famous for her flawless appearance, the stunner's outlook on beauty—particularly while navigating the shallow waters of the modeling industry—is not only refreshing, it's downright admirable.
"I'm not perfect," she candidly admits in the latest issue of Ocean Drive magazine while flaunting her famous figure in an itty-bitty bikini. "I never identified with the way I look; I was just born this way."
Unlike many young girls, Heatherton never aspired to become a model (even after she grew to 5-foot-11-inches at just 15 years old). She was scouted in South Beach while in Miami for a tour of the university with her pal—and believe it or not, that trip to Miami was the Illinois native's first time on a plane.
"Some guy jumped out of a cab and asked me what agency I worked for because he was scouting for Abercrombie & Fitch. I was horrified—I was like, 'I don't model,' and I was embarrassed that he didn't ask my friend to be a model," she recalls. "But my mom followed up with him, and after my junior year of high school, we packed and went to New York. My mom left after two days because I signed with an agency."