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Victoria’s Secret model quits lingerie modeling due to faith

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American model, Kylie Bisutti, has decided to leave the famed lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret because she feels it goes against her Christian faith.

“I just became so convinced of honoring the Lord and my body and wanting to be a role model for other women out there who look up to me,” Bisutti, 21, said in an interview to the TV show “Good Morning America.”

“I was growing in my relationship with the Lord and my faith. I’m a strong believing Christian,” the California native said. “It was more of just a heart issue for me,” she added.

The recently married Bisutti was chosen as a winner out of 10,000 hopefuls in Victoria’s Secret model search in 2009.

While she cited her husband and her desire to keep their marriage special as reasons for quitting lingerie modeling, she said her husband did not influence her decision and that he was “supportive.”

“I’m so thankful that he let me grow and let me come to this decision on my own.”

She is also not quitting modeling altogether; she will continue to model bathing suites as long as the job does not represent her as a “sex symbol.”

“As long as I feel that my body is not used to sell sex, I will feel comfortable modeling, including modeling bathing suites,” she told CBS on “This Morning Show.”

She says there are many swimwear brands that empower women and do not produce sexually provocative bathing suits.

Bisutti’s decision to leave Victoria’s Secret was also spurred on by an encounter with her eight-year-old cousin.

“I was doing my makeup in the mirror one day and she was watching me,” she told GMA. “She looked at me and was like, ‘You know, I think I want to stop eating so I can look like you.’

“It just broke my heart because she looks up to me and I didn’t want to be that type of person that she thought she had to do that to be beautiful,” she said. “Thousands of girls that think that being beautiful is an outer issue and really it’s a heart issue.”