Former Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti thought her dreams were coming true when she was signed by a top modeling agency. But shortly after joining the business, she realized that becoming a model was making her less of a role model. Unhappy with her life, she quit her career and turned to God.
"I was being paid to strip down and pose provocatively to titillate men. It wasn't about modeling clothes anymore; I felt like a piece of meat," Bisutti said during a recent interview while recalling her career as a Victoria's Secret model.
After winning the "Angel Search" competition by Victoria's Secret, Bisutti's career as a model pushed forward at full speed. But instead of feeling like she was on top of the world, the 19-year-old newlywed did not feel right. After one particularly bad day, she fell to her knees in prayer. She told the New York Post:"God, why did you have me win the Victoria's Secret Angel competition if it was going to make me feel this way? I'm not honoring my husband. I just want answers!"
A number of events would occur after that moment that would motivate Bisutti to quit her career as a model. One of those moments came when she realized that she was becoming a bad role model to other women.
"At the time, a Victoria's Secret lingerie show was airing on TV, and I was looking at Twitter and saw loads of tweets from women comparing themselves to the impossible image of the models," she told the Post. "It made me think back to earlier in my modeling career, when my 8-year-old cousin was watching me put on makeup and said to me, 'I'm going to throw up my food so I look like you.' I realized my career was sending a bad message to women about confidence and body image."
The moment inspired her to go public about her renewed commitment to God.
"I quit being a VS model to be a Proverbs 31 wife," she wrote in a tweet to the world.
Proverbs 31 states, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."
After that point, Bisutti was done with modeling, but that didn't mean that the entertainment industry was done with her.
"After my infamous tweet, I turned down an offer to do "Dancing With the Stars" and an opportunity to act on a show on The CW because I didn't think it was promoting the right message," she said. "I didn't want to dance with a man other than my husband on the reality show or shoot scenes in a bikini for The CW."
While ending her career with Victoria's Secret and turning down other offers may have cost her "millions of dollars," Bisutti says that she has "never been more content" in her life.
Instead, she is working towards becoming a positive role model for young women.
"Today, I'm focused on creating a Christian clothing line, speaking tours and my blog, imnoangel.org. My clothing line comes out next month, and it will feature models of all shapes and sizes promoting our modest clothes," she said. "I want girls to see people who look like them, so they feel good about themselves."
Her book, I'm No Angel: From Victoria's Secret Model to Role Model, will be released on May 14th.