Model Kylie Bisutti has been in the public eye as of late trashing Victoria’s Secret for making her feel like a piece of meat when she worked for the lingerie giant as an Angel (as she says). She went from modeling panties and push up bras to becoming a devout Christian with a “tell-all” book that she uses to talk about her experience as a lingerie model.
She was quoted as saying, “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.”
In her book she also talks about her issues with eating disorders and being insecure. She went onto add, “The curves that made me ‘too fat’ by runway standards were perfect for Victoria’s Secret. And even though I was only 19, a newlywed and growing in my relationship to God, I didn’t think twice about strutting my stuff in skimpy bikinis and underwear in the TV contest.”
She claims she also beat out 10,000 other models in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Angel Search competition, which landed her a one-time walk in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
“During the Angel competition, I was encouraged to play down my marriage to Mike, because I was supposed to be flirting with everyone all the time. A lot of models don’t talk about their relationships unless they’re married to a celebrity, like Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom, which is more of a draw to the brand,” she said.
After these claims, Victoria’s Secret is firing back!
Victoria’s Secret told Celebrity VIP Lounge in a statement, “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.”
Oh snap! So who do you believe? Is Ms. Bisutti just trying to use this moment as her 15 minutes or is Victoria’s Secret exactly what she says they are?