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Victoria's Secret model trades lingerie for the Lord

Friday - 2/10/2012, 11:55am  ET

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The supermodel now aligns with the Live31.org belief. (AP)
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WASHINGTON - A Victoria's Secret model has traded the dream she worked to achieve since she was 14 for what she says is a more pious life dedicated to God and her husband.

Kylie Bisutti, 21, won the lingerie brand's 2009 search for a new model to walk the runway at that year's fashion show. Then a newlywed, she beat out thousands of other contestants for the honor, and now she's giving it all up.

In manifesto she wrote on Live31.org -- an online organization based around a Biblical passage describing a "wife of noble character" -- Bisutti describes the heavenly calling she received to give up a career based upon physical beauty.

"I started my modeling career at the very young age of 14," she writes. "It was always my dream to become a super model and to be a Victoria's Secret model was my ultimate goal in life. I felt like I was born to walk the runway and at the age of 19 I achieved that goal."

She goes on to describe enjoying the "hosted parties, dazzled red carpets" and other accoutrements that accompany a supermodel's lifestyle.

"I selfishly desired the attention that I was getting and I gave in to worldly ways… UNTIL I had a very gracious and convicting AWAKENING!" she writes. "The Lord knocked me off my feet and showed me where to find true happiness and self worth."

"I wanted to be a better example to young women," she writes. "I don't want to be known as a sex symbol or lingerie model. I desire to be known as a woman who fears the Lord and that is why the LIVE 31 movement is so important to me."

Bisutti talks about her new ambitions more at HuffingtonPost.com.

Her change in attitude is mirrored through her tweets. Bisutti's digital musings used to be based around playful messages in keeping with a Victoria's Secret model:

Her messages have always included Scripture and awareness of women's and children's rights, and here is where she first discussed her switch from lingerie to the Lord last December:

Now she adopts what she says is a more wholesome approach:

WTOP's Paul D. Shinkman contributed to this report. Follow Paul and WTOP on Twitter.

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