RED NEWS | Victoria’s Secret Model Supports Positive Body Image
In a world with so many factors that can affect the self image of another, there’s a beautiful notion in the selfless act recently made by Model Kylie Bisutti, 21, who has chosen to quit as a model Victoria’s Secret. By her departure, Kylie hopes to gain support from the well known lingerie powerhouse by aiding in her cause to help inspire women everywhere to hold a more positive body image.
While Kylie cites religious attributes as well as her desire to honor her commitment to her husband, her main reason fell upon a moment she encountered with her eight-year-old niece which spurred her decision-making…
“I was doing my makeup in the mirror one day and she was watching me. She looked at me and was like, ‘You know, I think I want to stop eating so I can look like you…It just broke my heart because she looks up to me and I didn’t want to be that type of person that she thought she had to do that to [feel] beautiful,” Kylie explains. “Thousands of girls that think that being beautiful is an outer issue and really it’s a heart issue.”
Beginning her modeling career at the age of 14, Kylie began her career search with the runway where the statuesque model first encountered a very extreme and specific outlook on beauty found within the modeling industry…
“I remember doing a fashion show and hearing designers call me the big model. I was like, ‘The big model?’ I considered giving up modeling, but then I heard about the Victoria’s Secret contest.”
In 2009, shortly after her marriage to husband Mike Bisutti, Kylie entered the contest and was selected out of 100,000 women to become Victoria’s Secret’s newest Angel, a highly popular title in today’s culture, and citing the lingerie company as her main career goal. Despite the immense exposure and financial benefits offered as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, shortly after winning the contest, Kylie began to see and feel the clash between her job and her religious beliefs…
“I didn’t really want to be that kind of role model for younger girls because I had a lot of younger Christian girls that were looking up to me and then thinking that it was okay for them to walk around and show their bodies in lingerie to guys…My goal is just to be a better role model for the youth. I just want them to see me as somebody that they can look up to.”
Kylie Bisutti’s desire to be a role model for positive body image will hopefully begin to correct the disproportionate view on female beauty that so many women, especially young teens and adults, suffer from. For her courage and commitment to her beliefs on inner beauty, we congratulate her on her illustration of RED confidence!
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