Victoria’s Secret is firing back at comments made by one of its former models, Kylie Bisutti, who described her brief hookup with the lingerie powerhouse as “being paid to strip down and pose provocatively to titillate men” and feeling “like a piece of meat.”
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Bisutti, a self-proclaimed Christian who is promoting an upcoming book titled “I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model,” claims to have been an “Angel” and that she quit Victoria’s Secret to pursue her relationship with God. According to the company, in 2009, she beat 10,000 other models in the Victoria’s Secret Search competition, which bore with it a one-time walk down the runway of the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The book outlines her decision to drop her modeling career because she didn’t want to promote anything that “sold sex.”
“I quit being a VS model to be a Proverbs 31 wife,” she tweeted under her Twitter handle, @vskylie, which bears the company’s initials.
Victoria’s Secret officials said Friday that Bisutti has made “numerous fabrications and misstatements of fact regarding her brief association with Victoria’s Secret,” and the company has not employed her since the short-lived stint in 2009. “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,” stated a spokesperson for the retailer.
The company further noted that Bisutti had never earned her wings as an “‘Angel’ as defined by the terms of our ‘Angel’ model contract,” as have top models Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and Miranda Kerr.
“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,” the spokesperson claimed. “She has repeatedly fabricated her work experience with Victoria’s Secret, including a relationship that simply did not exist.”
Comments from officials at Tyndale House Publishers, which is releasing Bisutti’s book on May 14, were not available at press time.