PERSPECTIVE: Model challenges perceptions, takes stand

By Katherine Pullen, Staff Writer

Some days I feel like I am walking a tightrope across a minefield. Thousands of pressure-activated mines lie below, waiting for my slightest stumble.

I fight the pressure to be unbelievably thin, flawlessly gorgeous and intensely desirable to the opposite sex.

With idealistically beautiful women flaunting their bodies on TV, in magazines and on roadside billboards, the pressure to be perfect threatens to blow up in my face — no matter how often I remind myself it is not real.

Recently, however, I have found the encouragement I need to continue putting one foot in front of the other. Kylie Bisutti, a 21-year-old former Victoria’s Secret model, beat out more than 10,000 hopefuls to win the Victoria’s Secret Model Search competition in 2009.

She thought she had reached the pinnacle of her career, but in an interview on “Fox and Friends,” the married model said she found flaunting lingerie empty and unfulfilling.

After beginning to read her Bible more, Bisutti felt convicted that her body should be reserved for her husband’s eyes only and used to bring honor to God.

“I vowed to never pose for a men’s magazine again. I decided not to be seen in lingerie by any man but my husband. I decided to stop trying to become a sex symbol and to pursue being a wholesome, godly example!” Bisutti wrote on her website.

Bisutti continues to model, but only for brands that allow her to stay modest.

In the interview on “Fox and Friends,” Bisutti said she hopes she can play a role in changing the way girls and young women perceive beauty. In modeling full clothing, she finds her inner-beauty shines through.

Up on my tightrope, with all the pressure to diet, tan, straighten, paint and pluck, Bisutti’s story encourages me to carry on and gives me hope for the future.

God changes things. He changed Kylie Bisutti, he is changing me and he has the power to change our sex- and body-obsessed culture. Redemption is real.

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