Sunday, May 12, 2013

"I'm No Angel"


Kylie wanted to model for most of her life. Growing up in Nevada, she paid her dues in shopping malls before getting the chance to work in  New York City. Despite the chaos and filth that takes place behind the scenes of the modeling industry, Kylie worked hard and stayed focused on her faith and goals. After facing some seedy characters and finding the love of her life, Kylie gets the chance of a lifetime: a shot at being a Victoria's Secret Angel. But when life at the top isn't what she expected, how will Kylie be able to serve the Lord and do her job? Will she be able to balance the two?

Kylie's story is inspirational for the decisions she was able to make, despite all worldly riches, and the way she managed to avoid so many of pitfalls of the industry. While she admits to some under-eating/over-exercising, she seems to have avoided major eating disorders, as well as drug or alcohol problems.

Despite all this, I felt there could have been more written about the drastic life change she made. From the book it seems she left life as an Angel, The End. But what did she change to? Besides eating more and spending more time home, what made the change worth it? How is she using what God showed her during her modeling career? The only inspirational message I see is to do what you know is right, even if the world says it's crazy. But there's nothing to back up that message. She leaves life as a top model to live in Montana and write a book (at least as far as the reader knows).

Overall, it was an easy and interesting read. It was an enjoyable and gently inspirational (would make a good beach read), but it was missing something. The 30-Day True Beauty Makeover is nice, but nothing deep. For someone struggling with eating disorders and beauty issues, this book and "makeover" may be a good place to start.

3/5 Stars

*I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review*

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