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:
Just got done walking in the Express fashion show!! Had a blast and cannot wait to but some of those cute clothes!! @ExpressLisaG— Kylie Bisutti (@VSKylie) September 21, 2011
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:
For all of you that were looking for me in the Victorias Secret runway show this year, I wasn't in it. I have decided not to model lingerie— Kylie Bisutti (@VSKylie) December 1, 2011
Because I personally feel that I am not honoring God or my husband by doing it. My marriage is very important & with divorce rates rising I— Kylie Bisutti (@VSKylie) December 1, 2011
Want to do everything I can to protect my marriage and be respectful to my husband. God graciously gave me this marriage and this life and— Kylie Bisutti (@VSKylie) December 1, 2011
I am still modeling but only with brands that respect my decision not to wear lingerie. I am also doing TV work now :)— Kylie Bisutti (@VSKylie) December 1, 2011
Now she adopts what she says is a more wholesome approach:
I praise God today for blessing me with the most faithful, loving, and God fearing husband I could have ever dreamed of!— Kylie Bisutti (@VSKylie) January 13, 2012
Thankful that people are noticing my inner beauty Vs. Outer beauty. Because that is what God looks at. The beauty of the heart!— Kylie Bisutti (@VSKylie) February 8, 2012
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