USMagazine, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 2:30pm (PDT)
Kylie Bisutti gave up modeling for God -- and she has no regrets. In her new memoir, I'm No Angel, the 23-year-old model explains why she quit being a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2012 to focus on her faith after the industry put her through hell.
The California-raised beauty had always dreamed of being a model. Soon after becoming a Christian at the age of 15, Bisutti moved to New York to pursue her career goal -- but it wasn't as a dream.
"I pretty much restricted my diet to oatmeal, fruits and vegetables to meet runway expectations," she recalls to The New York Post. "I'm 5-foot-10, and I got down to 115 pounds with measurements of 34-24-34. In February 2007, New York Fashion Week was approaching, and while everyone I knew was being sent out to auditions, I wasn't."
Why? Bisutti claims that her agent berated her, allegedly saying, "It's because you look like a fat cow right now, Kylie. You need to lose 2 inches off of your hips."
But that changed in 2009, when Bisutti's curves were embraced by Victoria's Secret and the stunner, then 19, beat 10,000 other girls to win their model search. Soon after she got to work, however, the newly married Christian woman felt uncomfortable.
"I was being paid to strip down and pose provocatively to titillate men," she tells The Post. "It wasn't about modeling clothes anymore; I felt like a piece of meat."
"Two years after I won the Angel Search," she says, "I realized I didn't want to model anything that sold sex."
Now, Bisutti said she's happily living in Montana with her husband Mike and volunteering at their church. "I've never been more content," she says. "I no longer restrict what I eat. I weigh 124 pounds right now, but my ideal weight is 125. I want young girls to see me at a healthy size."
Bisutti's book, I'm No Angel: From Victoria's Secret Model to Role Model, hits stands on May 14. The former VS model says she hopes her memoir spreads her message that "beauty isn't about what you look like, it's about what's in your heart."