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I'm No Angel: From Victoria's Secret Model to Role Model Hardcover – May 14, 2013
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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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
"...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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Kylie's story is inspirational for the decisions she was able to make, despite all worldly riches, and the way she managed to avoid so many of pitfalls of the industry. While she admits to some under-eating/over-exercising, she seems to have avoided major eating disorders, as well as drug or alcohol problems.
Despite all this, I felt there could have been more written about the drastic life change she made. From the book it seems she left life as an Angel, The End. But what did she change to? Besides eating more and spending more time home, what made the change worth it? How is she using what God showed her during her modeling career? The only inspirational message I see is to do what you know is right, even if the world says it's crazy. But there's nothing to back up that message. She leaves life as a top model to live in Montana and write a book (at least as far as the reader knows).
Overall, it was an easy and interesting read. It was an enjoyable and gently inspirational (would make a good beach read), but it was missing something. The 30-Day True Beauty Makeover is nice, but nothing deep. For someone struggling with eating disorders and beauty issues, this book and "makeover" may be a good place to start.
*I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written; held my attention. It was interesting to learn about the behind the scenes of the modeling industry. Read morePublished 21 days ago by sb122000
Kylie was never a Victoria's Secret Model. She won an amateur online modeling contest that gave her the opportunity to appear in one Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Read morePublished 1 month ago by katie
Well written and quite the page turner for a memoir. My heart needed this. Every young lady needs to hear she's more than the sum of her parts.Published 2 months ago by Darla Beller
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about Kylie's journey from the modeling world to the normal world and her honesty about the morality (or lack thereof) within the modeling... Read morePublished 6 months ago by twentysevencards
The only thing I don't like is how she blames herself for being raped. Having been raped myself, I know firsthand how our culture blames and shames rape victims. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kales033
This book is awesome. It shows all girls that they don't need to be a model to be beautiful. It gives you the inside on what modeling is actually like. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ChrisT
I bought this book for a daughter and she loves it! I like the honesty and dedication in this book. The Entertainment industry is competitive with more concern for the dollar than... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pamela
This is a great book. Would recommend for young girls who are struggling with body image or older ladies too.Published 9 months ago by Mem
I just finished reading this book and enjoyed it very much. It engaged my attention from the first page, which doesn't happen often when reading non-fiction. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Marti C