From Victoria’s Secret Model to Proverbs 31 Wife

The Story: In 2009, 19-year-old Kylie Bisutti beat out 10,000 other young women to win the Victoria’s Secret Model Search. Now, at 21, Bisutti says she quit working for the company because modeling lingerie does not conform to her Christian beliefs.

The Background: Although working for Victoria’s Secret was her “biggest goal in life,” the young model began to have a change of heart.

I actually loved it while I was there, it was so much fun and I had a blast. But the more I was modelling lingerie—and lingerie isn’t clothing—I just started becoming more uncomfortable with it because of my faith. I’m Christian, and reading the Bible more, I was becoming more convicted about it.

She said that her husband, whom she married soon after winning the modeling competition, was also a factor:

My body should only be for my husband and it’s just a sacred thing.

While Bisutti will continue with her modeling career, she’ll do so with her clothes on:

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.

Why It Matters:  On the website of Live31, a non-profit organization promoting healthy self-image through a biblical worldview, Bisutti shares her story and explains how her local church played a role in her decision. In an essay titled “I Quit Being A Victoria’s Secret Model To Become A Proverbs 31 Wife,” she says, “Christ also led my husband and I to a great church that has helped me so much. It is a lot easier to stay grounded when you are plugged into a church and fellowship with other believers.”

As Bisutti’s story shows, young women can overcome our culture’s ideal of the “model” woman when the biblical ideal of womanhood is being modeled by the local church.

  • Kirk Fatool

    Thanks for making your reader aware of this story. I personally think it’s a great story.

    Concerning the issues of body image also reported this interaction between Ms. Bisutti and her 8 year old cousin.

    “I was doing my makeup in the mirror one day and she was watching me,” Bisutti said. “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 be beautiful,” she said. “Thousands of girls that think that being beautiful is an outer issue and really it’s a heart issue.”

    Fully Story:

    I think this is not only a great story about following Christ but about how our actions can affect others.

  • dkh

    As a wife, mom of 4 including 2 teenage boys and kidmin leader, I give Kylie Bisutti a 1 degree north of sideways on the thumbs up scale as her actions show movement in a generally good direction. However, it was a little disheartening to see her interview on ABC with exposed cleavage beyond what is generally considered modest by most Christians (making an assumption here) as well as her reasons for leaving Victoria’s Secret. Having a biblical worldview, wanting to be a good example for young girls, and honoring your husband, all fine and good reasoning, still falls short of the Proverbs 31 model also referenced. Unfortunately, Jesus was not mentioned as the author of this faith she follows, at least not in the spots and articles I viewed. The world is already crying “hypocrite” while Christians applaud…the normal and customary disconnect.

    I am grateful fo the spotlight turned on this issue by Mrs. Bisutti. It’s always good to get the conversation going….again….so we can see and hear iron being sharpened among us. I will be eager to hear about her growth in this journey she has started. It surely is only beginning as it has for each of us at one point or another.

    • Scott

      I’m in the same boat, dkh. When I read the story I was encouraged, but then I had to turn off the ABC interview due to her plunging-neckline. I hope this is a step in the right direction for her and she is being sanctified day-to-day, but right now I could not point my daughter to her as a “model” of modesty.

    • Ryan


      While I certainly applaud your effort as a mom and wife, and have no doubt that you are desiring to raise your kids in an honoring way to the Lord, your comments seem to be a bit harsh here.

      First, she does mention Christ. She doesn’t necessarily give a detailed gospel presentation, but mentioning how the Bible shaped her heart, how Jesus led her to a church, and how she wants to be honoring to her husband are all specifically biblical motivations!

      Secondly, while her outfits might not be considered “modest” to everyone, I think we should put more energy into thanking God for her growth. Sanctification is a process, one that none of us, including her, obtain over night.

      So I understand your concern. But I think she deserves a few more degrees of north on your thumbs up scale ;)

    • mel

      You all need to be patient. Do you expect instant spiritual growth of yourself? Let the Holy Spirit do his work, ok?

    • Jordan

      Do you think she picked the pictures that ABC aired? Doubt it.

  • Melody

    Dhk, she’s growing, that doesn’t mean she’s going to have it all together all at once.

  • Mike


    I wonder what your life would look like under a microscope? I wonder if you meet every requirement of a P31 woman? I would bet not with your slightly self-righteous attitude. You are by far not perfect as evidenced by your attitude here. Nor am I. No one has it all together and no one expects this young lady to either. I think you could use a little growth in understanding the grace of the gospel of Christ. I think you are missing some key elements.

  • dkh

    Clearly, my heart intentions did not come shining through, but you know what they say about intentions. :) I apologize where offense was given and taken. Let me say again, this is a good, good thing. Actually it’s a great thing Ms. Bisutti has done and has brought attention to something that needs a fresh discussion in our culture in a way that we have never seen before. This topic just hit pretty close to home personally on more levels than can be discussed here. I have no doubt that God will do great things through her, that’s what he does.

  • Greg Linscott

    It’s certainly a good decision she has made. I would want to see what her behavior is like from here, though, before eagerly pointing her to my four daughters as a “role model”. I am also disappointed that she does not really address the stumbling block and incitement to lust that the photos and videos of her caused (and continue to cause in our internet age). There was a lot more than just selling clothes in a catalog taking place- a quick google search will reveal a video from a relatively recent men’s magazine shoot, for example. I would be happier if there was a concerted effort (whether completely successful or not) to have images removed and monies earned from them returned. Zacchaeus restored fourfold in his fruits “worthy of repentance.” I think she is off to a good start, but there is more to be done if she wants to model roles really worth following.

    • Tom


      First, more than likely she doesn’t own the photos or videos. They are the property of the photographer or Victoria’s Secret.

      Second, why should she return the money? She wasn’t stealing from or cheating anyone (like Zacchaeus).

      • Greg Linscott

        That indeed is likely the case. It would still be nice to know that some effort was at least attempted.

        Re: the second point- While it is good that she recognizes the modesty she should reserve for her husband, it seems to me that there is little to no acknowledgement of or responsibility for the wrong done before and involving others. If not returning money directly, perhaps using that money to acquire rights to images to have them removed from circulation. It might seem merely a gesture in the environment we live in today, but I think it would be a meaningful one.

  • Mike

    In all reality should celebrities be your kids role models anyway? Perhaps if we spent a little more time setting ourselves up as role models for our children this wouldn’t be an issue. Just a thought.

    • Greg Linscott

      Depends on what you mean by “role model.” In my statement, I meant that if someone is demonstrating the role of a repentant heart, I would like to see the acknowledgement of what is being repented of be much clearer. It is tragic that people look to celebrities to the degree they do, though. Men’s hearts love idols, don’t they?

      • mel

        You know Greg, she answers to God. Not me and especially not you. Men do love idols, most especially their own measuring sticks. I’m so glad that my Lord and Saviour isn’t like you or there would be no hope for me.

        • Greg Linscott


          Yes, she does answer to God, as do you and I. As the father of 4 daughters, and 7 children overall (3 through foster adoption), though, one of the things I will have to answer to God for is how I train my children. It is important that they understand that they should see this issue isn’t made better completely just because she stops taking off some of her clothes for money. When one of my children lies, they can’t just make sure they stop lying- they also have to learn to acknowledge past wrongdoing, so they can be forgiven and be reconciled. I’m glad our Savior _does_ judge like that- not just overlook sins, but desires us to know growth and change, ever growing as we become more like Him.

  • Heather E. Carrillo

    This is great! Praise God!

  • Hannah

    You know I applaud this woman a lot, it takes a lot to let go of worldly passions and ideas especially seeing how being a VS model was so important to her at one point. This really shows how God was sanctifying her heart. I have to say, I didn’t see anything wrong with what she was wearing in her interview- it was the past pictures of her that were revealing…If I were her, I would have asked them to NOT show the pictures of me in lingerie during my interview- since that was the whole point!!!

  • mel

    I would hold her up as a role model but not for the obvious reasons you all seem to be stuck on. This woman gave up a lot of money because of the work of the Holy Spirit in her heart. How many people do you know of that do that? Have any of us done that? And before you say “yeah but” It will not be that easy for her to find work based on her criteria.

    What is more, she went on national tv and talked about it. You all seem to forget that the people running the camera decide how long you get to talk and how much you say gets included in the clip. Do you seriously think that ABC is going to let her proclaim the gospel on their morning show?

    Why is it when a young Christian is making baby steps there is always someone older and wiser waiting to knock them down in the spirit of teaching them how to walk better?

    • Greg Linscott


      The comments I make aren’t based on her TV appearance alone, which I too would undertsand to be subject to editing, but on her own words in the essay on a Christian website, which I would expect to allow much more clarity. I’m also left with the impression that she isn’t a recent convert, though she is fairly young in age. Correct me if I’m wrong, please.

      • mel

        Greg Why are you even being like that? How are any of your comments edifying to anyone? Shouldn’t that be the criteria? You said you googled her. Why go looking for dirt? How can I begin to explain that it says more about your heart than her behavior?
        Why do you think that her declaration of faith and desire to Become – get it Become as in future tense, a Proverbs31 wife is something to be put under a microscope and torn apart?
        Maybe someone else can explain it. I think I’m failing.

        • Greg Linscott

          Mel asked- Why do you think that her declaration of faith and desire to Become – get it Become as in future tense, a Proverbs31 wife is something to be put under a microscope and torn apart?
          Well, 1. She made the comment in a public venue, presumably so people would know about it and respond to it, and 2. Because our blog hosts posted it here with the capability to comment, presuming that it would stimulate conversation. Since she made it in a public venue, I think it is important to observe that yes, it is a good thing- a _very_ good thing- that she has abandoned this kind of employment. At the same time, because she has done it in a public venue, the action needs to be evaluated. Sincere motives don’t solve everything. Women and young girls need to know that this isn’t acceptable fun as long as, say, you remain single. There is more wrongdoing here than encouraging young girls to starve themselves into skinny model bodies. If she is a believer, she also needs to recognize he has made sinful choices that also affected and may continue to affect her Christian brothers. While I need to teach my daughters what is right conduct, I also am concerned about the temptations my sons will be susceptible to. While Mrs. Bisutti hasn’t exactly condoned the publications and those who indulge in their viewing, she didn’t condemn it, either.

          I also cannot help but notice that, while it seems to be wrong in your assessment for someone like me to evaluate the content of Mrs. Bisutti’s statements, the same does not seem to apply in your evaluating my statements. Now, I am not offended personally by anything you have said here. I do not understand, though, why you would have a problem with what I have done when you seem to practice the same behavior, just at a different target.

          Thanks for the conversation.

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  • Mitchell Hammonds

    Poor hyper religious bloggers. Your problem of self-righteousness is as bad or worse than Mrs. Bisutti’s cleavage. Way to go!

  • d.m.wagmore

    Seriously, we’re concerned about lingerie? Aren’t there a few bigger issues thaneed to be focused on? I like to think that if there is a god, he or she is more concerned about the quality of life across the world rather than cleavage.

  • mel

    Because what we are doing is interacting – what you are doing to her is criticizing and slander. Just because she made a statement in public doesn’t excuse your heart actions. It’s like you want to throw stones at her and you are completely blind to that no matter what is said.

    • Greg Linscott

      Mel, you are evaluating my “heart actions,” but have not really taken any issue with the substance of my observations. Are you defending Mrs. Bisutti? Do _you_ think what she has said is adequate in light of past actions? Do _you_ think this is something an organized Christian effort should hold up as an example to follow? Because make no mistake- this conversation begins with Mrs. Bisutti, but has just as much to do with the publicity process by professing Christians holding up this example as a spectacle to the general public. I am a pastor, I regularly help people try to pick up the pieces and start over. I wait patiently for them to make small changes, and it is often that even small changes take very long to come about (and sometimes they do not happen at all). I do not speak as strongly when it comes to people I am working with- because those issues are confidential. This one, on the other hand, is a spectacle by design of both Mrs. Bisutti and those counseling her. I have no desire to cast stones at this lady. I really hope she is able to know the freedom and joy that comes with repentance and forgiveness. But it is wrong for people to draw the conclusion that this is an example of full repentance. The damage I am concerned about is not what I can inflict on her, but the sensibilities of shallow believers susceptible to our celebrity culture who think that this is a shining example that we should all be inspired by. Bottom line is, it’s not complete. It’s a start. And it is disappointing that Christian leaders have ridden the celebrity train and let it be presented like this.

  • mel

    I am so grateful that I have a different pastor than you. I am evaluating the way your words come across. You think that working in person that you can be one kind of person and online that you can be another. And that it hurts no one? We, including her, are just one dimensional characters to you? We are real people. And according to 1 Corinthians 13 none of your knowledge, title, prestige mean anything without love. You put yourself out on the internet, your wife is in the paper, can your celebrity stand the scrutiny of critical people? If you think it can then perhaps there is some pride involved?

    Your evaluation and expectations are not even logical. Were you home-schooled? You don’t seem to understand how media works at all.
    Ok the young woman in question is probably 21 years old. She got married around the time that she became the model. The dress that some people are having such an issue with is obviously a wedding dress on a beach. It is not inappropriate for the situation. Anyone with a brain can tell that she felt beautiful for her husband and he thought she was beautiful.

    For some men it wouldn’t matter what she wore they would still lust. For some, it requires a burka before they are satisfied that the woman is doing enough to keep them from sinning. For others that still isn’t enough and she has to be in the company of a male relative all the time. Some women think that if all the beautiful women were off the planet then maybe their husbands eyes wouldn’t stray. They blame the women when the sin is in their husbands. If my sixteen year old son can see women as his sisters and learn to avert his eyes then why can’t a grown man?

    I have eight children. I have no problem telling my fifteen year old daughter about her. Why? Because my daughter has a huge and merciful heart and she would recognize the courage it took to go against the world and do what the Lord was calling that girl to do. Even though she has always dressed modestly with multiple layered clothing I know she wouldn’t hold the young woman’s past or her clothing against her.

    I’m done with this conversation.

    • Greg Linscott


      I have no problem telling my teen daughters about her (with opportunity to explain and discuss). I am more concerned with my (eventually) teenaged sons finding the pictures- something Mrs. Birsutti never mentions. Again, I am glad that people are promoting “healthy self-image through a Biblical worldview,” to quote from the article. But while you are right that there is a need for men to exercise self-control and a frequent failure for them to do so, that does not take away from the responsibility of Christian women to not instigate further temptation, and furthermore take financial gain by doing so.

      Regarding the way my words come across: though you say you are done with the conversation, if you do decide to come back one more time, I would be interested to know if you thought there was any kind of acceptable way in your mind to both affirm the steps that Mrs. Birsutti has taken and allow for the possibility that there is more damage done than what she has taken responsibility for. It seems to me that it is not so much the “tone” as the actual content of my statements that you are objecting to.

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  • mel
    • Ali J Griffiths

      Thanks for the link – good stuff.
      At my old church there were several teenage girls who would come wearing very short skirts and low tops – it used to make me cringe and my husband never knew where to look but when the minister’s wife declared she was calling a meeting to tell them how to dress appropriately the reaction of their mothers was brilliant. They said they were just thrilled their girls wanted to come to church at all and they should be welcomed as they are not as who other people wanted them to be – the rest of the women agreed so nothing was ever said. We all made more of a point of being welcoming and accepting of them. A few years later they dress more appropriately without any external prompting and – the most important thing – they are committed disciples of Jesus. Young people need all the encouragement they can get and it’s what’s going on inside that matters.

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  • JAD

    I just hope this isn’t Carrie Prejean 2.0.

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  • Michelle

    Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

    Virtuous is another word for VICTOROUS! Victorious doesn’t mean – perfect, living the ideal life, or never screwing up. A victorious woman never gives up! She may be tempted with doubt and hopelessness…but somewhere deep in her heart, the Holy Spirit whispers HOPE. She clinches in faith believing – Jesus is all that I need and in Him I do have HOPE!