Earlier this week, Kylie Bisutti made headlines with some strong words for her former employer, Victoria’s Secret — telling the media that she felt like she was obligated to sell “sex” and flirt with people under the terms of her work agreements.
Kylie Bisutti made some pretty harsh allegations against Victoria’s Secret — albeit a great many that had to do more with her feelings as a Victoria’s Secret “Angel” and the culture of the provocative lingerie brand.
Bisutti spoke about the decision to leave the high-end world of modeling and walk away from what sounds like a dream job to many young women, modeling for Victoria’s Secret.
“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.”
Kylie Bisutti says her agent called the young model a “fat cow,” and she recalls:
“I pretty much restricted my diet to oatmeal, fruits and vegetables to meet runway expectations … I’m 5-foot-10, and I got down to 115 pounds with measurements of 34-24-34.”
But the verbal abuse continues, Bisutti alleged, and she adds:
“After cutting my diet to just pineapples, watermelon and liters of water while exercising two hours a day, six days a week, I finally dropped down to 108 pounds, which satisfied my agent, and the gigs started rolling in.”
But while Kylie Bisutti’s tale seems to verify a lot of how women negatively see both modeling and the Victoria’s Secret brand identity, the lingerie maker has hit back — essentially saying Bisutti was never an “Angel” in the first place.
A statement in response to Kylie’s allegations begins, countering that Bisutti has overstated her involvement with the Victoria’s Secret brand for some time:
“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 statement continues:
“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.”
Victoria’s Secret concludes:
“[Kylie Bisutti] 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.”
Burn. Do you think Kylie Bisutti is “making cake out of water” with her Victoria’s Secret horror story?