Victoria's Secret responds to former model's claims that she felt like a 'piece of meat'
She won Victoria's Secret first and only national model search in 2009. Since then, Kylie Bisutti, unlike other Victoria's Secret models, remained out of the tabloids - until Wednesday.
This photo taken Nov. 11, 2009 shows Alicia Hall from Las Vegas, NV, far left, Kylie Bisutti from Simi Valley, Calif, second from left, Jamie Lee Darley from Carmel, Calif, center, Tika Ivezaj from Detroit, Mich, second from right, and Allison Turner from Cape Girardeau, Mo, far right, the five remaining finalists in Angel Boot Camp, a model search for Victoria's Secret, wait to begin their next physical activity in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) AP
She won Victoria’s Secret first and only national model search in 2009. Since then, Kylie Bisutti, unlike other Victoria’s Secret models, remained out of the tabloids - until Wednesday.
In a provocative book excerpt published in the Post this week, the 23-year-old model dished why she “quit being a VS model to be a Proverbs 31 wife” - as she had Tweeted last year.
From feeling like a “piece of meat,” to being told by a company exec that she “should get together” with a celebrity who had interest in her, Bisutti said being a Victoria’s Secret model went against her life as a Christian, along with her marriage, which she was required to “play down.”
"That’s when it hit me," she wrote. "I was being paid to strip down and pose provocatively to titillate men. It wasn’t about modeling clothes anymore; I felt like a piece of meat."
"The next day, I broke down and started sobbing. I was in my bedroom and dropped to my knees and started to pray. '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!'"
Bisutti subsequently quit to "reserve her body" for her husband, and in the process, gave up a lucrative future in modeling which could have lead to a multimillion-dollar deal in the industry. She currently lives in Montana with her husband, Mike, and their son, Noah.
In a statement released to People magazine Thursday evening, Victoria’s Secret responded:
“Ms. Bisutti has made numerous fabrications and misstatements of fact regarding her brief association with Victoria’s Secret. In 2009, Ms. Bisutti won an online amateur modeling competition and hasn’t worked for us since that year. The prize for the winning contestant was the unique opportunity to a one-time walk in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Ms. Bisutti also participated in a swim photo shoot in 2009. That was the extent of Ms. Bisutti’s involvement with Victoria’s Secret. She was never a Victoria’s Secret ‘Angel’ as defined by the terms of our Angel model contract. 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's book, “I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model," will be released on May 14.