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Model Kylie Bisutti Redefines Beauty

Former Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti discusses her transition out of modeling because of the conflict between her faith and the fashion industry's treatment of women. Read Transcript


Terry: GROWING UP,

KYLIE BISUTTI WAS CALLED

ANOREXIC BY THE GIRLS AND A

GIRAFFE BY THE BOYS.

BECAUSE SHE WAS TALL AND

SKINNY, SHE EVENTUALLY

BECAME A MODEL.

AND AFTER ALL OF THE

TEASING, IT FELT GOOD TO

HAVE SOMEONE COMPLIMENT HER

LOOKS.

BUT BEFORE LONG, KYLIE

REALIZED THERE WAS AN UGLY

SIDE TO BEING BEAUTIFUL.

SHE ENTERED THE

CUT-THROAT ROLE OF MODELING

IN HER EARLY TEENS.

SHE STRUGGLED TO LIVE UP TO

THE INDUSTRY STANDARDS OF

BEING THIN ENOUGH, PRETTY

ENOUGH, AND SEXY ENOUGH.

SHE WON THE TITLE OF A

VICTORIA'S SECRET ANGEL.

JUST TWO YEARS LATER, SHE

SHOCKED THE FASHION WORLD

WHEN SHE CHOSE FAITH OVER

FAME AND FORTUNE.

IN HER BOOK, "I'M NO ANGEL,"

KYLIE SHARES HER STORY TO

HELP OTHER PEOPLE UNDERSTAND

THE POWERFUL TRUTH OF REAL

BEAUTY.

Terry: KYLIE, WELCOME

TO "THE 700 CLUB."

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

Terry: THE DREAM OF SO

MANY YOUNG WOMEN IS TO BE A

PROFESSIONAL MODEL.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?

I WAS LIVING IN LAS VEGAS

AT THE TIME THAT I GOT

INVOLVED --

Terry: YOU WERE

STUDYING THERE?

RIGHT.

MY MOM REACHED OUT TO SOME

LOCAL AGENCIES THERE, AND I

ENDED UP GETTING PICKED UP

BY ONE.

Terry: ONE OF THE

THINGS YOU SAID IN THE BOOK

THAT REALLY STANDS OUT IS

THAT ONE OF THE HARSH

REALITIES I LEARNED ABOUT

BEING A MODEL, ULTIMATELY,

YOUR BODY DOESN'T BELONG TO

YOU.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

YEAH.

YOU'RE JUST THE PROPERTY OF

THE CLIENTS THAT YOU'RE

WORKING FOR.

THEY JUST DO YOUR HAIR AND

MAKEUP AND SPRAY TAN YOU AND

AIR BRUSH YOU AND PHOTO SHOP

YOU ANY WAY THAT THEY WANT.

Terry: AND ONCE YOU

AGREE TO THE PROCESS, YOU

REALLY DON'T HAVE ANY SAY IN

ANY OF IT, DO YOU?

NO, YOU DON'T.

I'VE HAD SO MUCH PHOTO SHOP

DONE TO ME, I DON'T EVEN

LOOK LIKE THE SAME PERSON.

Terry: YOU DON'T KNOW

YOURSELF.

YOU HAD AN AGENT THAT

CALLED -- YOU HAD KIND OF A

LOW POINT IN YOUR MODELING

CAREER, AND YOU WEREN'T

GETTING SOME OF THE JOBS,

AND YOU TALKED TO YOUR

AGENT, AND YOU SAID WHY AM I

NOT GETTING BOOKED, AND IT

WAS ASTONISHING.

TELL US ABOUT THAT.

MY AGENCY TOLD ME I WAS A

FAT COW AND A PIG, AND I

NEEDED TO LOSE A COUPLE OF

INCHES OFF OF MY HIPS AND

THIGHS WASTE.

Terry: WHAT DID YOU

WEIGH AT THAT TIME?

116.

Terry: AND HOW TALL ARE

YOU?

5' 10."

Terry: WHAT YOU HAD TO

GO THROUGH TO GET ALL OF

THAT OFF, LEFT YOU ANOREXIC

TO YOUR FAMILY, BUT THE

MODELING INDUSTRY WAS

ELATED.

BUT LIFE WAS NOT FUN AT THAT

POINT ANYMORE FOR YOU.

NO.

Terry: WHEN WE SAID

THERE IS AN UGLY SIDE TO

BEING BEAUTIFUL, OF COURSE,

IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN

BEING UNATTRACTIVE OR

ATTRACTIVE, EVERYBODY WOULD

CHOOSE ATTRACTIVE.

BUT WHEN YOU GROW UP

BEAUTIFUL AND EVERYBODY IS

REINFORCING THAT, IT ALMOST

BECOMES THE VALUE THAT MAKES

YOU SPECIAL.

IT WAS A HARD THING TO LEARN

TO LOOK AT YOURSELF OUTSIDE

OF THAT.

IT REALLY REQUIRED A GROWING

PROCESS.

YOU CAME TO KNOW THE LORD,

AND THAT WAS PART OF WHAT

STARTED THAT.

YEAH.

Terry: HOW DID YOU FIND

CHRIST?

WELL, WHEN I WAS 15, A

GIRL INVITED ME TO CHURCH,

AND THAT WAS REALLY THE

FIRST TIME I HAD EVER GONE

TO CHURCH.

I WASN'T RAISED IN A

CHRISTIAN HOME.

AND SO I WENT TO CHURCH.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.

GOD STARTED CHANGING MY

HEART IMMEDIATELY AND

SHOWING ME HE WAS MY SAVIOR,

AND HE WAS GOING TO FORGIVE

ME OF EVERYTHING I HAD

DONE.

AND THAT HE LOVES ME

UNCONDITIONALLY, AND SO I

ENDED UP GETTING BAPTIZED

SHORTLY AFTER THAT.

Terry: BUT IT TOOK A

WHILE, EVEN AFTER YOU HAD

COME TO KNOW THE LORD -- NOT

SURPRISINGLY, WE ALL GROW IN

BITS AND PIECES -- FOR YOU

TO COME TO THE PLACE WHERE

YOU REALIZED I'M WORTH MORE

THAN WHAT MY FACE OR MY BODY

DICTATES.

HOW DID GOD MAKE THAT REAL

TO YOU?

WELL, GOD REALLY BROUGHT

ME THROUGH SO MANY THINGS IN

MY MODELING CAREER, TO BRING

ME TO A PLACE OF KNOWING

THAT I'M HERE TO LIVE TO

GLORIFY HIM, NOT TO SERVE

MYSELF, NOT TO LIVE TO, YOU

KNOW, PURSUE MY DREAMS.

I'M REALLY HERE TO PURSUE

THE DREAMS HE HAS FOR ME AND

MY LIFE.

Terry: YOU HAD

REMARKABLE SUCCESS.

AT 14, YOU WERE INVITED TO

GO TO THAILAND, TO DO SOME

MODELING OVER THERE.

AT 16, WAS IT JAPAN YOU HAD

AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO.

YOU SPENT TIME IN NEW YORK.

SO YOU WERE DOING SOME

REALLY SUCCESSFUL AND

BIG-TIME MODELING, AND THEN

THE OPPORTUNITY AROSE,

ACTUALLY AFTER YOU WERE

MARRIED.

YOU MARRIED A GREAT

CHRISTIAN GUY, A

GREAT-LOOKING COUPLE, AND A

DOOR OPENED FOR YOU TO

COMPETE FOR THIS VICTORIA'S

SECRET ANGELS' COMPETITION.

AT A BELIEVER AT THAT TIME,

DID YOU HAVE A SECOND

THOUGHTS?

BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A CULTURE

WHERE A LOT OF THAT IS

LOOKED AT OKAY.

DID YOU QUESTION IT AT ALL?

IN THE BEGINNING, I

REALLY LOOKED AT IT AS

OKAY.

HAVING GROWN UP SEEING

BILLBOARDS EVERYWHERE, WHERE

IT IS A NORMAL THING OF

SEEING WOMEN POSING HALF

NUDE, AND I SAW IT AS

SOMETHING THAT WAS OKAY

BECAUSE I VIEWED IT AS

SOMETHING THAT WAS PART OF

MY CAREER.

GOD DEFINITELY OPENED MY

EYES TO THAT.

Terry: HOW DID THAT

TURN AROUND?

PART OF IT WAS YOUR HUSBAND,

MIKE, RIGHT?

UH-HUH.

Terry: TELL ME ABOUT

THAT.

BEING MARRIED TO SOMEBODY

WHO IS SO INCREDIBLE, AND

OBVIOUSLY WAS VERY PATIENT

WITH ME THROUGH ALL OF

THIS.

GOD REALLY SHOWED ME I WAS

NOT BEING THE KIND OF WIFE

HE DESERVED.

I WASN'T BEING THE KIND OF

WIFE THAT GOD CREATED ME TO

BE.

AND I WASN'T BRINGING ANY

GLORY TO CHRIST FROM THE WAY

I WAS TREATING MY HUSBAND

AND POSING IN LINGERIE.

Terry: WE SHOULD SAY AT

THIS POINT THAT YOU HAD WON

THE COMPETITION THAT

THOUSANDS OF WOMEN HAD

COMPETED IN, AND YOU WERE

WALKING AWAY FROM A

LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITY,

BUT WALKING INTO SOMETHING

FAR BETTER.

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE LIKE NOW?

NOW IT IS AN ABSOLUTE,

COMPLETE CHANGE OF PACE.

I AM SO MUCH HAPPIER NOW.

I'M FULFILLED.

I FIND MY FULFILLMENT IN

CHRIST.

I'M WAY MORE CONFIDENT.

I'M COMPLETELY SECURE IN

CHRIST, AND I'M ABLE TO BE A

GOOD ROLE MODEL NOW AND

SPEAK AND SHARE MY STORY TO

GIRLS WHO ARE STALLING WITH

SOME OF THE THINGS I'VE GONE

THROUGH.

AND MY MARRIAGE IS BETTER AS

WELL.

Terry: AND THAT'S PART

OF WHY YOU'VE WRITTEN, "I'M

NO ANGEL."

SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE SEE THE

GLAMOUR AND THE GLITZ AND

THINK IT IS A WONDERFUL

LIFE, AND KYLIE SHARES IN

REALITY WHAT IS REALLY

BEHIND THE SCENE.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE OF

HER STORY, YOU CAN GO TO OUR

WEBSITE AND SEE THE

BEHIND-THE-SCENES INTERVIEW

WE DID.

CLICK "IN THE GREEN ROOM"

LINK, AND HER BOOK IS CALLED

"I'M NO ANGEL."

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

STANDING UP AND WHAT YOU'RE

DOING.

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