I received this book for free to review from Tyndale publishers. My opinions are my own.
Many of you may already find the name Kylie Bisutti familiar, but reading this book will give you an entirely new light into her world. Kylie is most well known for being a one time Victoria's Secret Angel. She beat out a large amount of competition, won, and ultimately turned the contract down in order to be true to her values. This is her very personal story, as the cover says, of going from Victoria's Secret model to a role model.
I had a hard time finishing this book because it felt so personal. Peering into her young career was very hard to do, but I am very glad I did. Kylie tackles several topics that have come up in her life in this book. Forgiveness, temptation, insecurity, modesty, false love, real love, and acceptance are all major players in I'm No Angel and it is an invaluable resource for the woman of today who may envy a model's life, beauty, and appreciation. Kylie's accounts put a heavy dose of reality into what we as the public see as a glamorous road in modeling.
I felt myself tear up when she describes how difficult it was to believe that she could be forgiven for losing her virginity. I rejoiced with her as she found herself at a summer church camp. I was horrified by the descriptions of what girls had to do to fit the demands of the photographers. Inappropriate nudity for minors, hair damage, absurd weight restrictions (trigger warning for those with EDs, there are weight numbers mentioned), and many other frightening things are all exposed to this young model very early on. Despite her talent for it, the modeling world was, from the beginning, at odds with her beliefs of self-acceptance, family, and her faith in God. Her journey to find what was right for her was compelling.
She talks of falling in love with her husband and his incredible support, even when the jobs challenge his values as well. He prays silently for her to make another choice, but allows her to live what she thought was her dream. And when she ultimately turns down the job after achieving it, it seemed incredibly natural and beautiful to hear of her going back to her natural weight and look and spending time with her family. Compromising the values in her heart never would have made her happy and it brought me joy to read the details of how she stopped that compromise to live the life she agreed with.
I highly recommend this book. Especially for young adult women, but really for anyone interested.
I do warn that weight figures are mentioned, so if those bother you you may need to skip the book.
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