Could you give up a thriving modeling career with Victoria's Secret? Kylie Bisutti did just that and we're thrilled she's sharing the inside scoop with us today.
What was the hardest part of leaving your dream with Victoria's Secret?
The hardest part was trying not to slip back into my selfish desires and to stay focused on God's desires for my life. It's very easy to justify the things that we shouldn't really be doing.
Was your decision to leave based on a biblical mandate from Scripture or a personal conviction?
Both. God used Scripture to convict my heart and show me I wasn't honoring Him with my life. And He also personally convicted me while I was modeling lingerie.
What reactions do you get from model friends when you tell them about your new lifestyle?
For the most part I have received positive feedback. There've been a few negative responses, but that's to be expected. A lot of women respect my decision!
Any advice so we can dress fashionably, but in a way that glorifies God?
I try to ask these questions: who am I seeking to get attention from by what I am wearing? Am I bringing glory to my Lord in the way I'm dressing? You don't have to wear baggy clothes that cover you from head-to-toe, but you should try to be aware of what your motivation is for wearing certain things!
Can you share healthy eating / exercise tips that will encourage us to take care of our body?
I think being balanced is key. Not gorging yourself with sweets at every meal, but not depriving yourself of them either. Being active every day, even if it's not hitting the gym, but just getting outside and doing something.
How have you handled all the media?
A lot of prayer!!! I pray before all my interviews, and I try to stay in the Word a lot so it's at the forefront of my mind!
What advice would you give others interested in modeling?
Make sure you're doing it for the right reasons. I ultimately got involved with modeling because I liked the attention and fame. It wasn't about glorifying God. It's a tough industry and you should be really grounded and committed to Christ.
Who / what do you surround yourself with to stay encouraged?
My husband, family, and church are all so uplifting and great encouragers. I try to stay around positive people who have God's kingdom and glory in mind.
What are your plans for the future?
I am writing a book right now and have a lot of speaking engagements scheduled, as well as continuing to model!
Any other thoughts or advice/encouragement?
When Christ is the center of your life everything else seems to fall in place!
Thank you Kylie! You're an inspiration and we are grateful you've shared you're amazing testimony with us!! May the Lord bless you.
Kylie Bisutti began modeling at age 14 for Seventeen and Lucky magazines, Custo Barcelona, Yigal Azrouel, and many more. She walked multiple seasons of New York Fashion Week, and at age 19 became the newest Victoria's Secret angel. While this was a dream come true, God had bigger dreams to give Kylie. The Lord showed her that her body was created to honor Him in all things, especially her marriage and as an example to younger girls! Since then, she's made the decision to not to be seen in lingerie by any man but her husband, stopped trying to become a sex symbol, and is pursuing being a wholesome, Godly example!
Check in with Kylie over at She Seeks.
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