alluring undergarments usually don't conjure up muses on the meaning of life. But this story is truly an exception. What do paparacci and philosophy have in common? Where do sexy body lines and sacred boundary lines cross? When you get to the heart of this story, you'll understand why Kylie Bisutti's convictions and statements about what is sacred are quite profound and help to inform such diverse topics as premarital sex, abortion and waterboarding.
For a brief background, former Victoria’s Secret model Kylie Bisutti had beaten out over 10,000 other beauty contestants to become a Victoria's Secret model. However, after doing the modelling circuit for a year with VS, she decided her work went against her convictions. In a video interview Bisutti explains why she has chosen faith and fidelity over fame and fortune, to do what is most honoring to her Lord and to her husband as well::
Victoria's Secret Model Kylie Bisutti Quits Runway, Says Her Body Belongs To Her Husband
Bisutti's story is being featured all over the Internet. A Huffington post article offers some telling quotes:
"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. But the more I was modeling lingerie, and lingerie isn't clothing, I just started becoming more uncomfortable with it because of my faith...I'm Christian, and reading the Bible more, I was becoming more convicted about it."
Bisutti plans to continue modelling, but only in more modest apparel that meets her conditions for living a holy life. People who don't understand what it means to be a true Christian may find her decision shocking, considering she was just beginning her lucrative and glamorous contract position. Many Christians consider her decision to exemplify an example of someone living by personal convictions, as noted in a Twitter Tweet:
"I'm Christian and my dream is to become a VS angel but now that I read your story on Fox, I'm rethinking it! You are a Role Model!"
What's at the heart of the story is the question of moral boundaries and how they are decided. In one sentence Kylie has stated more profound truth about moral boundaries than all of the hearings on waterboarding put together:
'My body should only be for my husband and it's just a sacred thing,'
What is sacred? According to scripture, there are a number of sacred boundary lines that should not be crossed. These relate to the mind and the body. For example, Jesus said that our thoughts can cross a boundary line when we begin to lust after someone we are not married to. Today, many people are addicted to pornography. But what exactly is porno? What passes for legitimate advertising today a few generations ago would have probably been considered nothing but free porno. At a bare minimum, sex that is unattached to a committed marriage relationship is considered fornication in scripture and sex is seen as a part of the sacred bond that gives glory to God. A film with actress Danielle Bisutti, No Greater Love, touches upon this subject.
In addition to the sacred line that is crossed when we lust for someone other than our spouse, physical fornication defiles our bodies which are considered sacred temples of the Holy Spirit for believers. Because relativism is the governing moral approach in society today, we Christians have become morally illiterate to some extent. This can be demonstrated with the statistics of divorce, premarital sex and neoconservative political support. The Bible is based on moral absolutism and sacred boundary lines that do not change. According to scripture, we humans are created in the image of God. Because of this, the scriptures admonish us not to look down on the poor, because this is an insult to God who has created us all. Proverbs states, "He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker." (NIV)
The basic respect for human life and dignity is known as "human exceptionalism", and this has served as a foundation for moral decisions in Western Civilization for quite some time. Theists maintain human exceptionalism and the belief in the sacredness of human life simply because God exists. A striking example of how the Church has lost her way is the widespread support of waterboarding by evangelicals. Physically abusing and torturing a person can never be morally justified if God exists as our Creator simply because, as Kylie pointed out, the human body's "just a sacred thing". Other subjects considered sacred according to scripture are the marriage between a man and a woman, a newly conceived child and the family unit. As a principle of moral guidance, Bisutti's testimony outlines a concept
found in Jeremiah 31:33, a principle of the New Testament life: "I
will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts."(NIV) Living a holy life according to the New Covenant means living by convictions in addition to living by the word of God.
 YouTube, Victoria's Secret Model Kylie Bisutti Quits Runway, Says Her Body Belongs To Her Husband, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CDKLrsUyco&feature=youtu.be
 Huffington Post, Kylie Bisutti, Victoria's Secret Model, Prioritizes Faith Over Lingerie (PHOTOS, VIDEO), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/kylie-bisutti_n_1262675.html
 Daily Mail, 'My body is only for my husband': U.S. Christian model Kylie Bisutti quit Victoria's Secret because it clashed with her faith, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2097793/Kylie-Bisutti-quit-Victorias-Secret-clashed-Christian-faith.html#ixzz1m6S4sUgG
 Matthew 5.28
 1 Corinthians 6.19
 Proverbs 17.5a
 Jeremiah 31:33
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(Post revised February 12, 2012)
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