No matter your culture, faith, ethnicity or class, most every woman on the planet would be thrilled for many reasons to win a model search and secure employment with one of the world’s top lingerie retailers, Victoria’s Secret. This fate fell to Kylie Bisutti in 2009 when she beat 10,000 other girls in the company’s annual modeling competition. Bisutti signed with VS and modeled not only clothing but lingerie and swimsuits. In an interview with Fox News, she confessed this was her dream:
“Victoria’s Secret was my absolutely biggest goal in life, and it was all I ever wanted career-wise. I actually loved it while I was there, it was so much fun and I had a blast.”
Curiously, at this year’s Victoria’s Secret runway show, Bisutti was nowhere to be found. Why? She realized her career clashed with her Christian faith.
“I’m Christian, and reading the Bible more, I was becoming more convicted about it….It was pretty crazy because I finally achieved my biggest dream, the dream that I always wanted, but when I finally got it, it wasn’t all that I thought it would be.”
Who will benefit from Kylie’s decision?
“My body should only be for my husband and it’s just a sacred thing….I didn’t really want to be that kind of role model for younger girls because I had a lot of younger Christian girls that were looking up to me and then thinking that it was okay for them to walk around and show their bodies in lingerie to guys.”
Wow. Yes and amen Kylie.
Before Bisutti, others (professional athletes and singers who are Christians for example) have freely admitted the difficulty of maintaining their faith in the midst of fame and fortune. Why is her story noteworthy? Because she’s an attractive Christian girl? No. Because she relinquished money and fame? Possibly. Because of the criticism and mocking she might receive from colleagues and the press? Maybe. Her story is important because she valued obedience to Christ above all.
Bisutti submitted to the Holy Spirit’s conviction. She gave Jesus lordship over her marriage and career and allowed the word of God to penetrate her heart so deeply that obedience to God became more valuable to her than anything. Instead of giving a flippant shout-out to God while the cameras were rolling and never acknowledging Him otherwise (as do some celebrities who claim Christianity), she counted the cost of discipleship and chose Jesus, in the face of Victoria’s Secret and the whole world.
When the media catches wind of a famous self-proclaimed Christian, many of us cringe, hoping and praying they don’t embarrass or undermine the faith. In this case, Christians can rejoice and be challenged by this genuine glorifying of our Savior in the public square. Most of us have never been underwear models and have not experienced Bisutti’s dilemma. We can sit back and say, “Well of course she should have quit…that’s a no-brainer for a Christian. She shouldn’t have gotten involved in that business at all!” That’s a moot point. All Christians get into stuff they shouldn’t from time to time. The first of Martin Luther’s famed 95 theses is, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’, He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”
God knows we won’t always get it right; it’s our response to missteps that’s important. Christians must constantly evaluate their choices and determine if they line up with Christ-likeness and God’s calling according to the Bible. No matter the situation (great or small, obvious or barely noticeable), God requires our obedience which is the highest act of worship. Will we follow Kylie’s lead?
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