“Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she said.’Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’ (John 8:10-11)
I am taking a risk and writing on a topic that probably could create a lot of misunderstanding. My subject today is a lingerie model.
This particular 23-year old lady was a huge success in her industry. She won a contest over 10,000 other models to get a job with a world famous agency.
She rocketed to the top.
The young lady is publishing a book this spring that is creating quite a stir. It details how she turned from fame and riches to God.
That’s all well and good I suppose, but Christian males should probably be staying away from stories about lingerie models, God followers or not.
Well, perhaps to my credit (or not), I only scanned the story until I pondered whether to write about this woman. I write for a religious-oriented media outlet and even thought of detailing her story in an article for them.
However, again I demurred because I didn’t want people to think badly of me. Besides, I didn’t know what me editor would think.
What tipped the scales regarding my thoughts about discussing her in print was when an old high school classmate posted her story on his Facebook page and began mocking her.
The lady’s story does at first glance smack of self righteousness. But it is worth looking at because of what it teaches about God.
As she related her story, the woman told how she had attended what she called a “party” at age 15. It was a church youth group actually, and there she learned that Jesus died for her sins.
She was amazed at that.
Yet, she continued to pursue modeling. She went to New York and hung around other models, including one Christian.
She began to gain success in the modeling industry.
The young woman’s story seems to show that she was already having pangs of conscience about what she did for a living.
For example, she said that she didn’t drink or spend the night with older men like her other peers. The young Christian model felt sorry for the girls around her who did all this but didn’t seem happy.
One of them was bulimic.
She says that although she was going to church and reading the Bible, she wanted to succeed in the modeling industry. So she posed in some racy photos. She was 16.
Then she met a handsome man on a trip to Mexico with her parents. This man prayed before meals.
She learned he was a Christian her father knew from work. Her father was a poker dealer when was 8, but doesn’t mention if he was at the time.
Even so, she grew up in Las Vegas and all the billboards of half-naked women gave her a concept of beauty that drew her to the modeling life.
But I regress.
She met this Christian man at 18 and married the fellow the next year. She gave up her career in New York.
However, when she was given a flyer about the famous (or infamous) lingerie agency hosting a competition, her husband encouraged her to go for it. She admitted that even though she was growing in her relationship with God and was a newlywed, she didn’t think twice about “strutting her stuff” in the competition.
However, over the next two years she decided that she was being a bad influence on young girls and was convicted about selling sex.
She sent out a Tweet announcing she was quitting the modeling business. The young woman gave up millions of dollars and even turned down a gig on an extremely popular prime time television dancing show.
She now lives in Montana with her husband and is planning a Christian clothing line which contains modest clothes. The young lady is also releasing a book called “I’m No Angel”.
She wants to be a role model from here on out.
(“Angel” was the title given to the women modeling lingerie for the company she worked for.)
When I read the aformentioned Facebook post I replied this way:
I agree with you that this woman appeared to be pretty immature at the time. Her husband as well. I read the article on her. In all fairness, though, like many people who come to faith in Christ, over time she began to see that what she was doing did not coincide with her new beliefs. So whether or not one agrees with her faith, at least she should be applauded for not being a hypocrite.
What followed was a couple more mocking posts (not at me, but at her) and even a blasphemy. At least one woman “liked” what I had to say.