I had no idea who Kylie was before I walked past her book a month ago. The title caught my eye. I love biographies and also enjoy learning something new. Since I know very little about the modeling industry, I was intrigued to get an insiders perspective. I recently finished “I’m No Angel” which explains why Kylie walked away from the modeling industry and has never felt happier.
While Victoria Secret appears to downplay their relationship with Kylie since her memoir, they named Kylie Bisutti their newest walkway angel in 2009. I respect her ability to walk away from it all when she realized the conflict between her modeling jobs and her Christian convictions.
Pros: the book is an easy and quick read. I learned of the harsh and harmful realities of the modeling industry. If you don’t know much about this, you may gasp at times. I was reminded how just one person can positively change a person’s life (the person who invited her to youth group + her husband’s prayers for her later on). The book illustrated that there can be areas of our lives that are harming us but we do not see it at the time. And that ultimately, being a Christian is more satisfying than anything this world can offer.
Cons: the book was written in a style that was plain, simple, and reminded me more of receiving an e-mail from a friend rather than reading a book. Also, I would have preferred for Kylie to write less about her dating relationships and more about the challenges in the industry.
*** I’d recommend this book to mature older teenager girls and up. Some of the content may be questionable or deemed inappropriate for young girls.
Whether you are interested in beauty or fashion or not, Kylie’s message is one that applies to all women. Her memoir sheds light on the not-so-glamorous modeling industry and the emptiness that comes from chasing after the world’s definition of beauty. The reader is encouraged to reflect on inner beauty and the peace that comes from knowing God. A beautiful reminder for us all.