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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414383096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414383095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

From I’m no Angel . . .
Oh great . . . the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show . . . another reason not to eat.

All over the country, young women were filling the Twittersphere with words of anxiety and insecurity in anticipation of watching the Victoria’s Secret Angels walk down the runway in a few weeks.

Those poor things, I thought as I read one angst-filled tweet after another. If they only knew what I know.

Then it hit me like a lightning bolt—the answer to the question I’d been asking the Lord for months. So that’s why You let me win!

A smile teased the corners of my mouth as I logged into my Twitter account for the first time in a long while and typed:

I quit being a VS model to become a Proverbs 31 wife.

As I typed the words that would change my life forever, I thought, Well, if my modeling career wasn’t over before, it is now. And yet I had total peace about my decision. I knew it was the right message—one that would free thousands of girls trapped in a world full of insecurity, self-loathing, eating disorders, and emptiness. A world I was all too familiar with. And a world I wanted no part of anymore.

My old life was over.

My new life had begun.

Kylie Bisutti was just nineteen years old when she beat out more than ten thousand other contestants to win the coveted title of Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel as part of a nationally televised competition that captivated the attention of millions of viewers across the country and around the world.

Shortly thereafter, Kylie shocked both fans and critics when she made the controversial decision to walk away from her high-profile, multimillion- dollar career because she couldn’t reconcile modeling lingerie with her Christian beliefs.

Now retired from modeling, Kylie has become a sought-after speaker, sharing her message on the importance of modesty and helping young women understand that true beauty comes from within. Her firsthand accounts of the harsh realities of the modeling industry and the truth behind the images the media presents as “feminine perfection” have captivated audiences the world over and have the power to forever change the way women view the media, the modeling industry, and themselves.

Kylie lives in northern Montana with her husband, Mike.

From the Back Cover

They say Beauty is pain . . .
They don’t know the half of it.


Twenty-one-year-old Kylie Bisutti stunned the fashion industry and the world when she chose faith over fame and fortune and walked away from the most coveted title in modeling: Victoria’s Secret Angel.

In I’m No Angel, Kylie shares her story—from her early teen years as she struggled to make it in the cutthroat world of modeling to winning the Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel competition to the disillusionment and spiritual struggles that followed. She also shares the moment she realized she could no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs, turned in her wings, and dedicated her life to sharing a message of modesty and inner beauty.

Kylie provides readers with a no-holds-barred look at the harsh realities of the modeling industry as she shares her personal struggles with low self-esteem and her constant quest for approval in a world where it’s impossible to be thin enough, pretty enough, or sexy enough. Along the way, she helps readers understand the powerful truth that real beauty lies within.

I’m No Angel is not only a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the ugly side of being beautiful; it is also a powerful testimony to the indescribable peace and fulfillment that come from knowing, serving, and loving Christ.

More About the Author

In December 2011, 21-year-old Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti stunned the fashion industry when she chose faith over fame and fortune and made the switch from supermodel to role model.

In I'm No Angel, Kylie shares her story--from her early years struggling to make it big in the cut-throat world of modeling, her "big break" winning the Victoria's Secret Runway Angel competition, and the disillusionment and spiritual warfare that followed, to the moment she realized that she could no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs, surrendered her life to God, said goodbye to the runway and dedicated her life to preaching a message of modesty and inner beauty.

Along the way, Kylie talks about her personal struggles with inadequacy, low self-esteem, and her near-constant quest for approval in a world where you can never be thin enough, pretty enough, or sexy enough. She helps readers understand that true beauty lies within and that real fulfillment comes from knowing, loving, and serving Christ.

Customer Reviews

Thank you Kylie for sharing your story.
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You are a great role model for girls and women and we need more like you!!
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I really liked the way Kylie presented her story.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By bennash on May 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"In modeling, it's not about the person in the image; it's all about the image."

"...ultimately the modeling industry's job is to sell sex." (p.21)

"I was being paid to tease, tempt, and tantalize men." (p.228)

I've been a portrait and wedding photographer for 3 years and I REALLY appreciated the truthful exposure and insight into the modeling industry. I've been wrestling with issues like this for a long time. This challenges me, because I photograph many women, even some looking to get into modeling. It now saddens me to think of what they may be getting into.

The modeling industry is messed up. Can it be redeemed? Yes, but where most of the modeling industry leads to is further and further into being deceived and ends in destruction. Kylie points that out and tells a wonderfully written story of her journey of making it literally to the top (becoming a Victoria Secret Angel) and seeing it for what it really is. It's quite ugly.

I'm amazed how much a few words can change someone's perception of themselves, especially when it comes to complimenting or insulting someone's appearance. Words have so much weight. Kylie was told she was fat by a modeling agency when she was around 115 pounds and at the height of 5'10". Her mother even tried to convince her she wasn't fat, but she wanted to hear it from the agency.

My perspective on modeling, photography, women, beauty, and the deceitfulness of sin has changed (if not confirmed some of my thoughts).

I'm so glad that Kylie wrote this as I think so many women (and men) need to hear her story, and it's sweet to see how God is using her immoral past for her good. (Read Romans 8:28)

I'd encourage all women to read this!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jenni on May 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Kylie Bisutti's autobiography, I'm No Angel, offers both a fascinating look into the realities of the modeling world and a frank account of her struggle to own her Christianity in front of that world. When the conflicts between the two sides of her life became too great, she chose to walk away from everything she thought she had wanted in order to honor Christ. Now she serves as a model in a completely new way...a role model to girls who are given antibiblical messages every day about what it means to be a woman.

Born in a small town to a blue-collar family, Kylie grew up loved by and committed to her family. At fourteen, she began modeling in Las Vegas and was quickly swept into a culture that ruthlessly leapt to make her appear older and more worldly than she was comfortable with; however, she quenched whispers of conviction for what she thought was the greater good of fame and money. Finally, after marrying a godly man who prayed for her as she lived with one foot in two worlds, she made a decision that would change the direction of her life forever.

Kylie made a commitment to Christ at a youth group her freshman year in high school, the only place where she felt completely accepted for who she was rather than what she looked like. However, as the book advances, we journey with her on the long road between that beginning commitment and its completion several years later when, after reaching the top of the modeling industry as a Victoria's Secret Angel, she left it all "to become a Proverbs 31 wife."

I read this book in three days, which for a homeschooling mom with a full house of responsibilities is a big deal.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mgc1993 on May 18, 2013
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A "MUST READ" FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL AGED YOUNG WOMEN.

If I were still teaching middle school confirmation at church, I'd put this book into the hands of every young woman in my class. Ms. Bisutti and her husband Mike (They are clearly a team) courageously shine a bright light into the spiritual darkness that would seduce everyone. I say "everyone" because it isn't just young women who are being overwhelmed with the idols of the overly sexualized fashion industry. Young men are being inundated with the counterfeit images of beauty as well. In short, none of us are immune to its harmful effects.

I especially appreciate that Ms. Bisutti didn't simply focus on the pitfalls of embracing counterfeits. She also devoted a good portion of her book on how to experience the Good, the True, and the Beautiful through a relationship with God.

It is a wonderful, easy-to-read book that is especially suitable for young women. I would encourage older, more mature men to also read the book and share its lessons with the young men in their lives. I certainly intend to do so with my son someday.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By N. Maltby on May 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book was well-written and very easy to read (this is important for someone like me who is easily distracted and doesn't read books very often). Kylie shares her story of her life until now--where she started in modeling up until she won Victoria's Secret's contest a couple years ago. She shares how she saw so many people with eating disorders and other unhealthy habits trying to get that "perfect body" they were told they needed to have. She was called a "fat cow" at under 120 lbs and a height of 5' 10"!! Though her mom tried to tell her there wasn't any fat on her body, she wouldn't see it because she was so consumed by the image her agency wanted her to have.

After God had been working on her heart and convicted her that what she was doing was wrong, she walked away from the modeling industry. She realized that what she was doing wasn't honoring to God or to her husband. She now is trying to get the message out there to not sell your body for sex and to realize you don't have to be a certain size to be beautiful.

She seeks now to glorify and honor God by being a role model for girls instead of a lingerie model. She knows that even though what she was doing was wrong and sinful, God can take our mistakes and use them for good.

I was privileged to be given a copy before it was released and while visiting family last week, 5 other family members besides myself all read her book! I highly recommend it and also want to commend Kylie for how well it was written!!

-J. Maltby
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