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Simi Model Shedding the Skin (Simi Valley, CA)
Simi Valley Acorn ^ | 2/19/12 | Carissa Marsh

Posted on 02/19/2012 1:55:54 PM PST by Mark

Simi model shedding the skin

Faith leads Bisutti on more conservative path

By Carissa Marsh

COVERING UP—Simi Valley model Kylie Bisutti has made the decision to no longer pose in lingerie, citing her faith as the driving force behind her decision. Kylie Bisutti has shed her Victoria’s Secret angel wings in favor of more coverage, vowing to God and the world that she will not model lingerie again.

“This is about me just reading the Bible more, me growing in my relationship with God and him opening my eyes up to the ways I was living and I wasn’t really honoring him with my life,” the 21-year-old Simi Valley resident said. “But making this decision, I’m honoring him as well as my husband.”

The last person one might imagine evangelizing the Gospel would be a Victoria’s Secret model. But after posing scantily clad for the popular catalogue, other lingerie brands and even men’s magazines, Bisutti had a change of heart about the industry she once so desperately wanted to be part of. Besting more than 10,000 other aspirants, Bisutti won the Victoria’s Secret Model Search in December 2009. She took her victory walk down the runway of the worldbroadcast Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York wearing little more than a black bejeweled bra-and-panty set.

Shortly after her win, Bisutti jetted off to St. Bart’s in the Caribbean to do a shoot for the annual swimsuit catalogue and then attended a signing at a new VS store in Chicago.

Winning the contest was her first big break in modeling and the realization of a childhood dream—but something began to feel not quite right.

“ I pretty quickly decided within that year that I wasn’t going to model lingerie,” said Bisutti, who was able to end the relationship with Victoria’s Secret easily since she didn’t have a contractual obligation with the company.

Despite some news reports, Bisutti clarified that she didn’t quit VS.

“It’s more of a decision to stop modeling lingerie and stop being a sex symbol in general. Because I’ve also modeled for Frederick’s of Hollywood and been on the cover of men’s magazines,” she said. “I’m not trying to bash Victoria’s Secret in any way.”

The Idaho-born Bisutti didn’t grow up in a religious family and never went to church until she was in high school in Las Vegas. At 16, she became a believer and got baptized.

Because of her Christian faith, Bisutti said, she had an inner battle over modeling skimpy outfits in seductive poses—particularly for publications like Maxim and FHM. “I definitely was (uncomfortable), especially with the men’s magazines because it’s directed for men . . . and I really should only be seen that way for my husband, not every other man in this world,” she said.

Just a few months before winning the model search, she married Simi native Mike Bisutti. When asked if he was uncomfortable seeing his new wife in lingerie ads and wanted her to quit, she said no.

“He was really supportive with everything that I did from the beginning and he knew that modeling for Victoria’s Secret was my biggest dream,” Bisutti said. “He let me grow and mature and he basically prayed for me through it all but he let me make this decision on my own.”

While some might question why Bisutti auditioned for the model search in the first place, she said she’s learned a lot in the past two years.

“Going into the competition I was praying through the whole thing that I didn’t want to win if it wasn’t what God wanted for me. Looking back on it now, this is what he wanted,” she said.

“He gave me this platform and helped me realize modeling lingerie and being a famous supermodel for Victoria’s Secret wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be once I got it, and living a life for him is much more fulfilling.”

Moving forward, Bisutti said she will no longer take part in the “sex sells” media culture.

“I definitely only want to model and pose in things that aren’t going to be portrayed as selling sex,” she said. “I don’t want to be put in that category anymore.” She would, however, model in a swimsuit—depending on the context.

“I’ll pose in bikinis as long as it’s not selling sex. If it’s more about athleticism and not the sexuality of it,” she said.

Bisutti is surprised by the national attention her decision has received—she was interviewed on “Good Morning America” and her story was featured on “Nightline”—saying she’s gotten more press now than when she won the contest.

“I thought by making this statement my career would be over and I was fine with that . . . and now He’s blessing me so much more than I ever could have imagined.”

Her hope is to serve as a positive role model for girls. Bisutti already has several speaking engagements lined up, and her new website features a “Prayer Request” tab. “ I’ve had a lot of emails come in, mainly from young teenage girls that are . . . struggling with their self-image,” said Bisutti, who was teased in school for being tall.

“I can definitely relate . . . not only with (teasing) but just wanting attention from other people, the wrong kind of attention. . . . . So it’s really cool to talk to them about it and give them advice on how they can overcome it.”

Her main message is that inner beauty is most important. “You’ll definitely be happier if that’s what you focus on, the qualities of your heart.”


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KEYWORDS: modeling; religion
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1 posted on 02/19/2012 1:56:04 PM PST by Mark
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To: Mark

TTIWWP


2 posted on 02/19/2012 1:58:31 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mark

Good for her. I hope her walk with God is a good one.


3 posted on 02/19/2012 1:59:42 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Mark

Hopefully the Lord will use her in even bigger ways in the future. She will be able to reach some girls with the message of living for God and having inner beauty. Our prayer should be that she could reach hundreds and thousands.

Secondly, in relation to the Santorum, Obama flap on belief this weekend, Obama should take note of this lady. He should review his Christian faith with God and see about changing his views on abortion and a whole host of other issues so he could truly lead this country.


4 posted on 02/19/2012 2:02:49 PM PST by taterjay
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

Lin, Tebow, this young woman, Has it become “Cool” to be a Christian? Hope more come out in the next year. Our youth need good roll models.


5 posted on 02/19/2012 2:08:21 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: Mariner

6 posted on 02/19/2012 2:09:18 PM PST by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: taterjay
Obama should ... review his Christian faith...

Øbama doesn't have a Christian faith.

When asked who "Jesus Christ" was, his answer was "a great teacher", not "The Son of God sent to earth to atone for the sins of mankind" (or something along those lines).

7 posted on 02/19/2012 2:09:52 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: taterjay
——Obama should take note of this lady. He should review his Christian faith with God and see about changing his views on abortion and a whole host of other issues so he could truly lead this country.——

I hope you understand how ludicrous your statement is....the only relationship Obama has with a god is when he looks in the mirror

8 posted on 02/19/2012 2:10:27 PM PST by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

Any walk with Him is a good one — left, right or behind.


9 posted on 02/19/2012 2:11:03 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Mark
“I’ll pose in bikinis as long as it’s not selling sex."

Ooooookay.

10 posted on 02/19/2012 2:13:19 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: rednesss

That girl is too skinny to be healthy.


11 posted on 02/19/2012 2:13:29 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: M. Thatcher
I don't think her statement is far fetched....the key word is “posed”

There is a huge difference in the type of “pose” one sees in say a sears advertisement and a VS ad

12 posted on 02/19/2012 2:20:47 PM PST by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: Mariner
Here you go...


13 posted on 02/19/2012 2:24:24 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Mark

May God bless her and her decision.


14 posted on 02/19/2012 3:07:55 PM PST by Not The Other One
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To: Mark

“Kylie...Kylieeee! We are the ghosts of all the pies you are going to eat! Delicious fruit and cream pies! Chocolate and ice cream pies! Pecan, Kylie, your favorite! We’re waiting for you, Kylie! Oooooooooo... pah!”


15 posted on 02/19/2012 3:18:27 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Mark

I’m just wondering why this is a news article.

I do remember that Mylie Cyrus’s little sister modeled lingerie at 9


16 posted on 02/19/2012 3:27:29 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Mark
Rules...


17 posted on 02/19/2012 3:30:43 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

We need a “Like” button...


18 posted on 02/19/2012 3:31:58 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: rednesss

There’s not really that much difference between lingerie and a skimpy bikini these days.


19 posted on 02/19/2012 3:34:32 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Mark
“I’ll pose in bikinis as long as it’s not selling sex. If it’s more about athleticism and not the sexuality of it,” she said.

I commend her courage in addressing the crucial difference between these two polar opposite concepts. For example:

Athleticism:

Sexuality:


20 posted on 02/19/2012 4:08:16 PM PST by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Øbama doesn’t have a Christian faith.

But Steffi made sure he meant his Christian faith when asked about it and Gibbs sure was on offens today telling that Santorum was over the top attacking Obama’s faith.

He has to have, America would never elect anyone without it.....oh wait!


21 posted on 02/19/2012 4:56:44 PM PST by taterjay
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To: hoosiermama

Amen to that. I drive by a neighborhood high school every day & pray for those kids - we’re pretty spare on healthy role models in the pop-culture realm.


22 posted on 02/19/2012 7:58:58 PM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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