Kylie Bisutti, a former model who won the Victoria's Secret Angel Search competition in 2009, does not have heavenly memories of her former employer.
In her new book "I'm No Angel," the 23-year-old claims she "felt like a piece of meat" working for Victoria's Secret and opted to trade in her lingerie for a quiet life in Montana.
In an excerpt obtained by the New York Post, Bisutti recalls laying on a bed in little clothing while a photographer encouraged her to pose more provocatively.
"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," Bisutti writes. "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!'"
Bisutti announced back in February 2012 that she was quitting modeling to reserve her body "for her husband." In doing so, she gave up a multimillion-dollar deal. She's currently living the quiet life in Montana.
While we think it's great the former model followed her heart and stood up for what she believed in, we can't help but wonder … if you agree to be a Victoria's Secret model, shouldn't you know what you're getting yourself into?
We asked our "omg! Insider" community to chime in on the topic.
"I think it's brave. Anyone that gives up a great career to serve God deserves my respect. Way to go. " AndreaKCC tweeted.
"I can't imagine being a VS model is terribly fulfilling. However if she donated her income to needy that would serve God," MomsThoughts wrote.
Stephen Dimmick wrote on Facebook : "We were born naked and the biggest sin is that people have been taught to be ashamed of their bodies."
"She knew what she was getting in to, but she can grow as a person and decide it's not the life for her... good for her for making up her own mind and not letting anyone convince her to continue something she wasn't comfortable with," Dianne Shook Brubaker posted.
Perhaps Andre Drew put it best (and most PC): "For me its in the middle. I'm sure she knew what she was getting into, I mean come on its Victoria secret. But on the other hand if she felt tht her religion wasn't really right with her line if work then she should get out if they are treating her 'like a piece of meat'"
Victoria's Secret released a statement to People, saying:
“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.”
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