I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model by Kylie Bisutti (Book Review)

In the book titled, I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model, Kylie Bisutti shares her journey from girl with a dream to the girl who pursued that dream and gained wings. Victoria’s Secret Angel wings to be more precise. Documenting her early days, desires and family life, we get a real life glimpse of one young girl’s desire for worldly gain and the impact of what it cost her along the way.

Kylie was a young girl who dreamed of being a Supermodel. Before she was of legal age she was able to live that dream, before she realized that she didn’t really want what she wanted anymore.
This well written, fast paced, hard to put  down book takes us along by the hand close up and personal into her experiences for better and worse. From New York to Thailand, Japan and back this then teen with the support of her family took her chances and aimed for Number One.

In 2009 Kylie, along with 9 other models, was chosen from among thousands to join in a reality type television campaign to compete for a coveted spot as Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

What I loved so much about this book was Kylie’s candid writing and openness. Reading this book is like listening to a very down to earth girl. The kind that you could see yourself chatting over coffee and   telling hard truths without feeling ashamed. Kylie does not hold back, or try to make herself out to be angelic. Instead she speaks to the center of idolatry of our day. The obsession with self, sex, body image and lust. She is not preachy but shares how God revealed to her over time, the flawed thinking she embraced and ultimately how she found freedom from it all. I have to say reading about the behind the scenes modeling world was disturbing and interesting! But the thread of redemption woven into this tale make for inspiring and authentic insights and moments. I loved that Kylie revealed the fact that God works in us apart from ourselves (I know that sounds weird but it’s true). Kylie could not turn from pursuing her dream, because she believed it was inexplicably wrapped up in God’s will for her. She was unable to hear His voice clearly at times while closing in on the prize. But in addition to the story of Kylie’s modeling aspirations, we have a beautiful love story as well! Mr. Bisutti is a hero to his wife and also the unsung hero of this story (Although Kylie does sing his praises!). I so appreciated the wisdom, patience and forbearance revealed in Kylie’s husband Mike’s example and actions. His example of prayer and support was a powerful testimony to God’s ways for me. I so relate to Kylie in pursuing her passion and not hearing God, but I so need the example of her husband in praying and persevering persistently while waiting for God’s intervention, which is exactly what he did! I found this to be one of the most inspiring aspects of the book. I see God’s beautiful handiwork exhibited wonderfully in this awesome testimony of real world Christian living and God’s amazing power! God meets us where we are and I love the way we get to see how God transforms and matures those who are His! This is so evident in Kylie’s story.

I also want to mention, Kylie doesn’t even really get into the Victoria’s Secret competition until Chapter 17, almost three quarters of the way through. Although it was a defining moment of epic proportions, I believe the stories leading up to the Angelic portion of her life are equally interesting and relevant. I just enjoyed this book immensely!

Great beach or vacation read. You won’t be able to put it down.

From the Publisher: 

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 struggling to make it big in the cut-throat world of modeling, her “big break” winning the Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel competition, and the disillusionment and spiritual warfare that followed, to the moment she realized that she could no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs, 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.

Read an Excerpt from I’m No Angel
I received this book for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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From Where I am Standing (5 Minute Friday: View)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately. Trying to keep things in perspective. Trying to take hold of the proper view on life, love, faith, trust. And Pixie Dust. I always have to add that part…because I’m longing for simpler days in the midst of these 7th grade challenges, that rise up like a dragon, breathing hell -fire and leaving me feeling small. And like not such a great mama. I’m just a mom who has no idea what she’s doing and I am leaning hard on a mighty God because I have no. Other. Plan. I mean that seriously. Got nothing. No back up plan. No great mom history. No legacy of mamas who love God behind me. But a great God who loves me and this little family. So I look back and remember when she was small. Even then she wanted to rule the world. EVen then she wanted to be the boss. Be in control. Be pushing the stroller, not in it. Mama  needs to climb into that stroller and remember who is in control of all. And I do. Lord, help me. I do. But thanks for the daily reminders. Because I guess I need them.

Below is one of my favorite songs from one of my Girl’s favorite Disney movies Peter Pan (Return to Neverland). It is called I’ll Try by Jonatha Brooke. It is actually on my wedding favor CD. It’s about 5 minutes, because she describes how the song came to be…I hope you will take a moment to listen.
It came to my memory as I wrote this morning.

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