Kylie Bisutti Lashes Out At Victoria's Secret, Company Responds
Kylie Bisutti, who modeled for Victoria's Secret in the past and has since written a book about why she stopped her modeling career, said the company encouraged her to compromise some of her Christian morals for the sake of modeling.
"During the [Victoria's Secret] Angel competition, I was encouraged to play down my marriage to Mike [Bisutti], because I was supposed to be flirting with everyone all the time," Bisutti told the New York Post.
Bisutti added that at one point she reflected on the state of her career and asked, “God, why did you have me win the Victoria’s Secret Angel competition if it was going to make me feel this way? I’m not honoring my husband. I just want answers!"
Some of these details are a bit murky, however.
Victoria’s Secret claims Bisutti, 23, was only with the company in 2009, when she won an online competition for amateur models, which let her do a “one-time walk” in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
“Ms. Bisutti has made numerous fabrications and misstatements of fact regarding her brief association with Victoria’s Secret,” Victoria’s Secret said in a statement.
“She was never a Victoria’s Secret 'Angel' as defined by the terms of our Angel model contract," the company continued. "And contrary to Ms. Bisutti’s claims, she was never offered any subsequent modeling contracts or opportunities with Victoria’s Secret despite her multiple appeals for further work. She has repeatedly fabricated her work experience with Victoria’s Secret – including a relationship that simply did not exist.”
Bisutti lives in Montana and is working on a Christian clothing line. She is also promoting her book, I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model, which comes out May 14.