How Kylie Bisutti went from Jackpot, Nevada (population 1,217), to sharing the Victoria’s Secret catwalk with supermodels Heidi Klum and Alessandra Ambrosio was as much a surprise to her as it was to the 8.3 million viewers who watched the live TV event. “It was one of those ‘pinch me, am I really here?’ sort of things,” says Bisutti, who won Victoria’s Secret’s first-ever model search—an online Top Modelesque boot camp that culminated with a trip down December’s Angel-laden runway. “I didn’t find out about the casting until two days before it took place. When I found out I was going [to New York to compete in the contest], I had to jump up and down and then pinch myself.”
Yet the 19-year-old always knew Miracle Bras and angel wings were her destiny. As a third-grader, she completed a school report that listed her future career as Victoria’s Secret model. “My mom still has my little project,” she says with a laugh. “She keeps it because it’s all coming true now.”
Since strutting her stuff alongside the marquee mannequins, Bisutti’s been to St. Barth’s to shoot the line’s swimsuit catalog, did a fan meet-and-greet in Chicago and has been signed to powerhouse agency IMG Models. Thankfully, the other Angels have taken the up-and-comer under their proverbial wings to help her adjust to her newfound fame.
“Meeting them was the absolute most starstruck moment in my life,” she says. “I was so surprised to see that they were more beautiful on the inside than they were on the outside.”