I’m No Angel by Kylie Bisutti
Age Range: Adult
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 18, 2014)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
In December 2011, 21-year-old Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel Kylie
Bisutti stunned the fashion industry when she chose faith over fame and
fortune and made the switch from supermodel to role model.
In I’m No Angel,
Kylie shares her story—from her early years as she struggled to make it
big in the cutthroat world of modeling, to her “big break” winning the
Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel competition, to the disillusionment and
spiritual warfare that followed. After finally realizing that she could
no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs, she
surrendered her life to God and dedicated her life to preaching a
message of modesty and inner beauty.
Along the way, Kylie talks
about her personal struggles with inadequacy, low self-esteem, and her
near-constant quest for approval in a world where you can never be thin
enough, pretty enough, or sexy enough. She helps readers understand that
true beauty lies within and that real fulfillment comes from knowing,
loving, and serving Christ.
About the Author:
Kylie Bisutti was just nineteen years old when she beat out more
than ten thousand other contestants to win the coveted title of
Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel as part of a nationally televised
competition that captivated the attention of millions of viewers across
the country and around the world.
Shortly thereafter, Kylie
shocked both fans and critics when she made the controversial decision
to walk away from her high-profile, multimillion- dollar career because
she couldn’t reconcile modeling lingerie with her Christian beliefs.
retired from modeling, Kylie has become a sought-after speaker, sharing
her message on the importance of modesty and helping young women
understand that true beauty comes from within. Her firsthand accounts of
the harsh realities of the modeling industry and the truth behind the
images the media presents as “feminine perfection” have captivated
audiences the world over and have the power to forever change the way
women view the media, the modeling industry, and themselves.
Kylie lives in northern Montana with her husband, Mike.
Kylie takes the reader through her experiences as a model, from her
first audition to the Victoria Secret runway and everything that came
between. Her story was fascinating. It was eye opening. I didn’t know
that models got started so young. I was horrified at the things that
these young girls were expected and pressured to do. I thought that
America had laws against children being photographed in provocative
poses without much (or anything) for clothing on. Kylie talks about her
mistakes, her budding faith, and her hard work to get to the top of the
She talks about how she compromised her beliefs in favor of her career.
She tried to rationalize away the prickling of her conscience. As an
outsider reading her story, I could see the blaring oxymoron that her
life had become. On the one hand she was trying to be a good Christian
and draw closer to God. On the other hand, she was selling sex. But it
isn’t easy to see those things when you are the person going through it.
Kylie shares her struggles, her triumphs, and her epiphany when she
realized that her two lives could never work together. She had to pick
one or the other.
This book is worth the read. Kylie shares her testimony about respecting
yourself, your family, and God by dressing modestly and making sure
your actions coincide with your beliefs. I work with a group of young
girls in my church and Kylie’s testimony gave me some great material to
share with them. Hopefully her experience will help them understand the
importance of respecting the beautiful bodies that God created for them.
Content: The author shares her experiences, even the uncomfortable ones, but she manages to give the situation without going overboard on the details. It’s pretty clean, but read it first if you are thinking of giving it to your teen.