Yesterday, a New York Post tell-all from former model-turned-author Kylie Bisutti created quite the stir. In it, Bisutti denounces the lingerie giant and says she quit being a Victoria’s Secret Angel because she found God. She even wrote a whole book about it: I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model, which hits shelves soon–hence the press push.
The only thing is, Bisutti was never an Angel. She modeled for Victoria’s Secret precisely twice–once in the runway show, and once in a swim shoot–in 2009 after winning “an online amateur modeling competition,” according to a release sent out by the brand. And, as we all know, posing in lingerie does not a Angel make: the title is reserved for supermodels like Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Miranda Kerr, who’ve signed special contracts with the retailer.
That’s not the only thing Bisutti lied about. A statement by Victoria’s Secret breaks it down:
Ms. Bisutti has made numerous fabrications and misstatements of fact regarding her brief association with Victoria’s Secret. In 2009, Ms. Bisutti won an online amateur modeling competition and hasn’t worked for us since that year. The prize for the winning contestant was the unique opportunity to a one-time walk in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Ms. Bisutti also participated in a swim photo shoot in 2009. That was the extent of Ms. Bisutti’s involvement with Victoria’s Secret. She was never a Victoria’s Secret “Angel” as defined by the terms of our Angel model contract. And contrary to Ms. Bisutti’s claims, she was never offered any subsequent modeling contracts or opportunities with Victoria’s Secret despite her multiple appeals for further work. She has repeatedly fabricated her work experience with Victoria’s Secret–including a relationship that simply did not exist.
It’s a far cry from Bisutti’s account. As per her Post article: Despite the fact that she “grew up in Las Vegas, surrounded by billboards of half-dressed women, [and] dreamed of becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel,” it wasn’t until she actually won the Victoria’s Secret contest that she figured out what a lingerie model does:
That’s when it hit me. I was being paid to strip down and pose provocatively to titillate men.
According to Bisutti, when the realization struck she, “dropped to [her] knees and started to pray saying, ‘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 honouring my husband. I just want answers!’”
She eventually decided to quit with a Tweet:
I quit being a VS model to be a Proverbs 31 wife.
(Proverbs 31 talks about being a virtuous and capable wife that a husband can trust. It says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”)
The irony is that Bisutti, who continues to tweet from the handle VSKylie, is still milking her ‘Angel’ association, despite all her protestations to the contrary.