While a packed schedule may have been the real reason Miranda Kerr finally doffed her wings this year, another former Victoria’s Secret Angel had a very different reason for severing ties with the brand: her Christianity.
Kylie Bisutti won a contest run by the lingerie behemoth in 2009, walking the fashion show alongside Kerr and the other Angels, posing for magazines and catalogues, and touring the country to promote the brand. Last year, however, she made headlines when she decided to quit the profession altogether, citing dedication to her husband, her faith, and her realization that she didn’t want to use her body to promote sex.
In today’s New York Post, the 23-year-old has written a wide-eyed and, yes, pretty naive-sounding piece detailing some of the stories from her modeling days that led her to where she is now — which, if you’re curious, is in Montana, where she’s working on a Christian clothing line and promoting her upcoming book, “I’m No Angel”.
On living in a New York model apartment:
I moved in with four other models on the Lower East Side. One of my roommates was a Christian, and we’d take the long subway ride to the Upper West Side to go to church, but we were the exceptions. I’d see girls getting into black SUVs with club promoters at night and getting home when the sun was coming up the next day — teenagers my age!…One of my roommates was so bulimic she would involuntarily throw up when she ate. She would go to sleep crying every night and just look at herself in the mirror thinking that she was so fat. And she was so thin.
On extreme dieting:
“I pretty much restricted my diet to oatmeal, fruits and vegetables to meet runway expectations. I’m 5-foot-10, and I got down to 115 pounds with measurements of 34-24-34. In February 2007, New York Fashion Week was approaching, and while everyone I knew was being sent out to auditions, I wasn’t. ‘Why am I still going on test shoots?’ I asked my agent. ‘It’s because you look like a fat cow right now, Kylie. You need to lose 2 inches off of your hips,’ the agent said. After cutting my diet even further to just pineapples, watermelon and liters of water while exercising two hours a day, six days a week, I finally dropped down to 108 pounds, which satisfied my agent, and the gigs started rolling in.”
On the moment during a sexy FHM shoot that she decided it was time to quit:
“That’s when it hit me. 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. The next day, I broke down and started sobbing. I was in my bedroom and dropped to my knees and started to pray. ‘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!’ That was two years ago. Today, I’m living in Montana with my husband, enjoying the fresh air and volunteering with our church.”