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ALL THINGS FOR GOOD
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
FEBRUARY 7, 2012
"Dad just texted me again." My husband, Mike, glanced up from his phone, shaking his head in surprise. "He says Dr. Phil called. Anderson Cooper wants you on his show. Rosie O'Donnell wants to talk to you, and someone from Inside Edition just left a message for you at the house."
What's going on? I wondered. Why is everyone suddenly so interested in me?
Before I could even finish my thought, my phone rang. It was my agent, Sabrina.
"Kylie, where are you?" She sounded a little frantic.
"I'm in Fargo, North Dakota, with Mike. What's going on? All these talk shows and news outlets keep calling Mike's dad, looking for me."
"You're all over the news, Kylie!" Sabrina sounded shocked that I had no idea what was happening.
I'd been traveling with Mike on business, and we hadn't been online or watched much TV for the past few days. Besides, it had been months since I'd stopped modeling. I figured the media had completely forgotten about me—and frankly, I was fine with that.
"Apparently the interview you did with FoxNews.com about quitting Victoria's Secret to become a Proverbs 31 wife went live today. It's all over the news, and Good Morning America has offered to fly you to New York today so you can be on their show tomorrow morning." She paused, waiting for me to respond. I just stared at Mike, stunned.
"Kylie? How soon can you get to an airport?"
I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the front window. Dressed in a puffy ski coat and hunting boots, with no makeup and my hair pulled back in a ponytail, I was about as far from media ready as I could get. And there wasn't a single thing in my suitcase that was going to be an improvement.
"Well ... we're about four hours from the nearest airport," I said. "And I really didn't bring anything with me that I could wear on TV."
"That's okay," Sabrina assured me. "Just get yourself on a plane. When you arrive, we can shop for something appropriate. I'll bring a few backup outfits just in case. See you in a few hours." And before I even could respond, she hung up.
"Well?" Mike asked.
I looked at him and sighed. "I guess I'm going to New York."
God, let me get this right.
* * *
I didn't have much time to ponder the whirlwind of events. Within a matter of hours, I was on my way to New York. I threw a few things into my suitcase, and then Mike drove me to the airport.
As I settled into my seat on the plane, I closed my eyes, trying to rest for what was bound to be an emotionally and physically exhausting couple of days. But I was too wired to sleep—there was just so much to take in. In addition to appearing on Good Morning America, I would be on five other shows before the day's end.
My mind was racing. I thought I'd stepped out of the limelight when I gave up modeling. How could one little blog post lead to all of this? Does the media want to hear about a Proverbs 31 wife? Do they even know what that means?
I was used to media attention, but this was new territory. I opened my eyes and pulled out my Bible. Instead of sitting there worrying the entire flight, I figured I could get ready for the interviews by reading some of my favorite passages. I knew the stance I was taking in favor of modesty wouldn't be popular in certain circles—especially the modeling industry—and I wanted to make sure I was prepared. When my eyes skimmed over James 1:2-3, I couldn't help but smile: "Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow" (NLT).
Wow. How perfect is that? I thought. And suddenly it all started to make sense. The blog post, the media interest, the opportunity to share my story with the world. There was no question—God's fingerprints were all over this.
A quiet calm came over me as I leaned my head back and silently prayed that God would shine through me during every interview. As I shared my story, I wanted to reflect His wisdom, His compassion, His humility, and His love. Modeling had been about bringing attention to myself, but now I prayed that the focus would be on God and the work He was doing inside me.
After several hours of praying and reading God's Word from my airplane-seat sanctuary, I closed my eyes, flooded with a sense of peace. I knew that God would watch over me through each of the interviews and that He would give me each word I needed to say.
* * *
When I arrived in New York, Sabrina met me with enough outfits to accommodate all of my interviews. After looking through everything she'd brought, I opted for a basic black, knee-length dress for the GMA piece. The dress was simple and understated, and it reflected my new standards for modesty. But truth be told, I was far less concerned about my appearance than I was with my message.
My entire worldview had changed radically over the past six months, and I desperately wanted my interviews to reflect that. I had taken a self-imposed hiatus from modeling so I could concentrate my time and energy on studying the Bible, attending our church in Montana, and learning my true identity—who God had made me to be. The Kylie Bisutti who was about to step in front of those television cameras was an entirely different person from the one millions of people had watched strut down the Victoria's Secret runway two years before.
The difference in my outward appearance would be easy to see. No more spray tan. No more highlights or dyed hair. No false eyelashes or heavy makeup. And a much healthier figure. But it was the changes that had taken place inside me—my commitment to Christ and to my husband, my deeper grasp on all God had done for me, and my understanding that true beauty comes from within—that I wanted viewers to see.
While getting my hair and makeup done, I could feel my heart pounding. I was nervous. Even more nervous than I'd been before I stepped on the Victoria's Secret runway for the first time. But this was different. This was important. I knew there were thousands of young girls out there who were trapped in the same debilitating cycle I'd struggled to break free from for years. The never-ending battle to be thin enough. Pretty enough. Perfect enough. I knew what it was like to constantly chase an ideal that's impossible to achieve—an ideal that's not even real to begin with. I had learned that the hard way. I hoped that by sharing my story, I could spare these girls some of the heartache and misery I'd experienced.
Just then, the stylist doing my hair leaned in and whispered, "We're all rooting for you." I looked up and noticed he had a Scripture verse tattooed on his forearm. We exchanged smiles, and my nervousness subsided a fraction.
Thank You, God, for small mercies.
* * *
The energy in the studio was electric, and my hands still were shaking a bit as I was led to my seat next to George Stephanopoulos. We exchanged a few pleasantries, and then he asked, "Are you ready?"
I took a deep breath. "Yes. I'm ready." And so it began.
George opened the interview by complimenting me, but I knew what was coming. The questions were bound to get more difficult—and more pointed—as the interview progressed.
"Back in the Victoria's Secret model search in 2009, you were very determined to
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CHAPTER 1 All Things for Good.................... 1
CHAPTER 2 Jackpot.................... 11
CHAPTER 3 Sin City.................... 17
CHAPTER 4 Bangkok or Bust.................... 23
CHAPTER 5 Firsts.................... 33
CHAPTER 6 A Second Chance.................... 47
CHAPTER 7 New Beginnings.................... 55
CHAPTER 8 Rude Awakening.................... 59
CHAPTER 9 Eyes Wide Open.................... 75
CHAPTER 10 Rebounding.................... 85
CHAPTER 11 Desperate Measures.................... 95
CHAPTER 12 The Price of Success.................... 99
CHAPTER 13 Invisible.................... 111
CHAPTER 14 Unexpected Blessings.................... 117
CHAPTER 15 Finally, the Fairy Tale.................... 131
CHAPTER 16 Mrs. Kylie Bisutti.................... 145
CHAPTER 17 The Chance of a Lifetime.................... 151
CHAPTER 18 The First Challenge.................... 165
CHAPTER 19 Friends and Rivals.................... 173
CHAPTER 20 Earning My Wings.................... 183
CHAPTER 21 The Final Challenge.................... 191
CHAPTER 22 Be Careful What You Wish For.................... 201
CHAPTER 23 Déjà Vu.................... 209
CHAPTER 24 The Last Push.................... 225
CHAPTER 25 Truth and Consequences.................... 233
CHAPTER 26 The Ultimate Walk.................... 241
The Master's Makeover: 30 Days to a More Beautiful You.................... 247
This is an excellent book. The author does a great job of detailing the cut-throat world of professional modeling and how it conflicted with her Christian faith, to the point she left the life of fame and fortune behnind to live as a roll model.
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Posted June 16, 2013
Kylie Bisutti began modeling professionally around age 13, and six years later won a Victoria's Secret modeling contest on national television. One year later, she announced that she would be leaving the modeling industry permanently due to conflicts with her Christian beliefs.
I remember seeing the news stories, and finding the idea so unbelievable as to be laughable. How does one even become a lingerie model while professing christian beliefs? The two seem fairly incompatible. As always, the truth is more complicated than it appears, and in this book Kylie is given a platform to tell her story, uncensored by George Stephanopolis.
My critiques of this book are few, and make no real difference to Kylie's message. First, the writing style is about what you would expect from someone who finished high school through online courses while holding down a job and never attended college. Even with a co-writer parts read like a diary from junior high. This is not a high literary effort, it is a heart-felt one. Second, even with Kylie's (sometimes uncomfortable) honesty, it becomes fairly evident that this is far from a tell all. This is enough to get her point across, and as such, there are some things which go completely unexplained, and moments that could be described as plot holes. For example, we don't discover that her husband (whom she married at 18/19 years of age) is divorced with a son and is significantly older than her until nearly the end of the book. While that information is relevant to a biography, it isn't relevant to her message of internal beauty, so the information gets placed out of context and in a haphazard manner. Third, Kylie never really discusses her personal emotional damage resulting from working in the industry. She gives plenty of examples of the ways that others were harmed, and even tells stories of her own brushes with eating disorders, crash diets, and abuse, but the book leaves out the emotional impact of the occurrence then and the scars now. It isn't that I don't empathize or feel compassion for what she, and other models, have gone through, and I certainly don't think that they somehow deserve it, just that this book doesn't connect the heart to the situation. Kylie comes across looking as though she left the modeling world unscathed with a great husband and a healthy figure. Maybe it is too soon to tell, or maybe Kylie didn't feel ready to discuss that aspect of her experiences, but I wonder if some readers might walk away with the impression that, while modeling isn't "christian", it isn't necessarily a harmful lifestyle.
Kylie is a beautiful girl who had it all by the world's standards and left it behind to follow her heart for God. That takes a lot of character. And for other young women who struggle with their appearance on a daily basis, it is comforting to know from an insider that the beauty they see touted on television and in print ads is artificial to the point of physically impossible.
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Posted July 3, 2013
Kylie’s conversational tone of her book makes this an easy read. Her frankness is admirable and made an impact on me. What a strong and brave woman.
After seeing Kylie’s story on television, I was eager to read her book. I think it’s a valuable read for teens, seeing as Kylie describes her insecurities etc., that many young ladies go through. She made many sacrifices, but those very sacrifices brought even greater blessings.
Her story is engaging and honest. I enjoyed this quick read.
As cliché as it sounds, true beauty isn’t what’s on the outside, it’s what and Who is within.
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Posted June 4, 2013
I chose to read this book because the tile caught my eye. This book is a truly powerful testament of what Jesus can do in our lives if we simply let Him in. Te modeling field is definitely about beauty, but not the true beauty that Jesus gave us. We are called to be a Proverbs 31 woman and to lead a Godly life. Modeling us the devil in disguise. .
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Posted May 19, 2013
This was an excellent account of the modeling industry's highs and lows.
Kylie's story gives you a front row seat to all the action: From doing shows at a local mall to struttin your stuff for the big at the Victoria's Secret Angel competition. We follow Kylie through high school, to Thailand, to New York and to Cabo San Lucas where she gets married. Her husband is the true hero in this story. He supported Kylie through the whole competition and suffered in silence. He brought his prayers to Lord and asked for Kylie to see the light. I can see he really suffered through the whole photo shoot in the photographer's apartment in Brooklyn. Most men would have not handled that well. I'm so glad Kylie has decided to walk in her faith and trust the Lord Jesus. I wish her great success and almost every teenage girl I know is getting a copy of this book for Christmas.
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Posted January 13, 2014
She complains a lot and I don't understand why. She acts like she didn't realize that Victoria's Secret sells sex!! How can a person not know that?? I find her to either be lying or just very very niave. Some things so not ring true and she contradicts herself many times. Sounds like she had a great life, but isn't happy about anything. Someone is always taking advantage of her in her eyes in some way.
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Posted January 11, 2014
Posted October 28, 2013
I'm No Angel is the true life story of Kylie Bisutti's life in the modeling industry. She give an open honest look at the modeling industry and the struggles the models endure in order to get to the top and succeed. Her short devotional in the back of the book gives food for thought and helps point out that true beauty is within a person.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2013
What woman doesn't compare herself to the models we see all around us in TV or magazines? This book will free us a bit by an honest recounting of the real way models are used and abused.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 25, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. I think it would be great for a group of teen girls to read together and discuss. Kylie gives Biblical truth on where our true beauty comes from and an honest look into her life. She shares her mistakes, her regrets, her salvation story, and her life living in God's purpose. A very good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 26, 2013
A very inspiring read! I was moved to tears. I'm a recovering anurexic, myself. So, I know the struggle of body image issues. Every girl, and woman should read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2013
Posted July 31, 2013
Kylie Bisutti was a Victoria's Secret model who walked away from the job when she was convicted by what she was doing. The book tells her story, from her childhood to her change of heart regarding her job. She is now a role model and speaker who helps women and girls realize that true beauty is within.
I thought this was an interesting book that showed a behind the scenes look at the modeling industry. I like Kylie's message in the book about inner beauty, something many girls and women struggle with.
Posted July 18, 2013
Bisutti pursued her modeling career and experienced success, while struggling with the less-beautiful side of the beauty industry. Her crowning achievement as a model was being named Victoria's Secret Angel in 2009. However, she soon realized she could no longer reconcile her faith with her lifestyle and gave up her wings.
I think this is a great book. Many women feel inadequate physically and focus on personal flaws instead of the inner beauty that shines from within. Bisutti shares the reality of the modeling industry and how women with seemingly perfect faces and figures are criticized and held up to an impossible standard. I think this would be an excellent required reading book for a middle or high school health class to show young men and women the falseness and superficiality that they chase after trying to achieve what they see in magazines or in movies.
I like the way Bisutti shares the journey of her faith. She learned about Jesus and made a commitment to live her life for him and he began to mold her for his glory. It wasn't an overnight process and she acknowledges her bad choices along the way. However, through the book, readers see her journey of faith and her relationship deepen with Jesus.
I love the way that Bisutti makes a distinction throughout the book of inner and outer beauty. It is refreshing to have someone so beautiful on the outside also demonstrate an awareness that inner beauty is more important! This is a very good book that is a very quick read. I recommend it for any woman who has ever felt less than beautiful.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for purposes of review.
Posted June 24, 2013
Kylie Bisutti is in her early 20's but has already lived a lot of life - and has discovered what is truly important to her. From an early age Kylie wanted to be a model and worked intently towards that goal. Her parents and eventually her husband, Mike, all supported her dream and encouraged her to put in the effort to "make it". Kylie eventually wins the prestigious Victoria's Secret Runway Angel competition but soon realizes that the lifestyle required of her is not one she is willing to lead. And so, she gives up the title and gains her life back as well as her self-respect.
What an interesting story; I loved the behind-the-scenes look at the modeling world, and Kylie is graceful in her telling of her life so far. I am blown away that even in today's day and age, there are still industry people telling 5'10 girls that 115 lbs is "too fat". Unbelievable. I also especially appreciated her husband's perspective - he didn't pressure or even ask her to quit; he just prayed that she would hear from God and make the decision God wanted her to make. That is not an easy thing to do and for that he deserves a great deal of respect. I can easily recommend this book. You will also enjoy the "30-Day True Beauty" Makeover at the end.
Posted June 23, 2013
Kylie Bisutti shows us an inside look at the pressures of being in the modeling world and her struggle to continue to do her job as a model while maintaining her integrity as a Christian. A very great book! Kylie is a fantastic role model for girls of all ages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2013
Posted June 13, 2013
I found her to be very self righteous and whiny. From the start when she complains that her high school boyfriend Jake takes advantage of her. Are you kidding? The guy spent six months doting on her, calling her every night, taking her to build a bear, etc. Then after six months she puts out. LOL! If he was using her he'd have dumped her long before.
I think a lot of it has to do with being an only child for so long. She was used to getting so much attention from her parents. And her mom encouraged the modeling.
And so the modeling world isn't glamorous. A lot of people work really hard at unglamorous jobs. She was doing something she loved and was very successful. Sure models get criticized on how they look. That's their job- how they look. If you don't like it get a different job. Other people have difficult, demanding or menial type jobs they don't like and don't get paid well for.
I just don't know what she's complaining about most of the time. Her agents and handlers were all very professional. Besides the "saran wrap" experience I just don't think she experienced too much of the seedy side of modeling. And besides, her agency took care of the "saran wrap" guy. Yeah, it was unpleasant but other women have had men make unwelcome advances. You'd think he'd raped her the way she reacted.
I just think she had it pretty good and didn't appreciate it. She had a wonderful family, success in a job she loved (and made a ton of money) and met a wonderful husband. A pretty good life.
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Posted June 7, 2013