From Top Model to Role Model
Dynamic New Speaker Joins Catholic Answers
But We Need Your Help
Dear Friend of Catholic Answers:
Leah Darrow was on the fast track. She snagged a coveted spot on the TV reality show America’s Next Top Model, an almost sure-fire way to become a success in the competitive world of modeling.
She had let her Catholic upbringing slip into the shadows, and now she was focused on living the glamorous life of high fashion and celebrity culture. Everything seemed to be going right for her, until one day . . .
She found herself on an outdoor photo shoot, posing atop rocks by the shore. As the camera clicked and the photographer gave instructions, she had a sudden and blinding realization: What she was doing and what she was wearing were not what God expected from her.
She saw that she was not on the road to happiness and fulfillment but to personal disaster, and she needed to turn around—immediately.
She left America’s Next Top Model and the world of high fashion and rediscovered her Catholic roots. After repentance and contemplation came a dedication to share her experiences with young women who—as once had been the case with her—have a false idea of true womanhood and are looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places.
Leah began to give talks at high schools and colleges. Her conversion story—that’s really what it is—brought tears of relief to girls who had thought they needed to live the kind of life that Leah once lived if they wanted to be truly happy. Leah showed them that they didn’t have to follow Hollywood’s standards to maintain their dignity and to find fulfillment.
It wasn’t long before Leah’s success as a speaker came to our attention. We met her, liked her, and offered her a position as a staff apologist, and now she’s here at Catholic Answers.
Her focus is on chastity and the deleterious effects of today’s high-fashion culture. But she’s such a good speaker, and so personable and intellectually curious, that we’re convinced she will be able to speak effectively on other apologetical topics too.
A wide repertoire will come to her in time, but for now Leah will be speaking chiefly to young people about the false allures of modern culture and how true happiness and, yes, true love can be found only in a life firmly based on Christian moral principles.
The problem for Catholic Answers is that it takes time for a new apologist to ramp up and to “pay her own way.” [Click here to donate.]
Eventually—perhaps a year from now—Leah will have enough speaking engagements that she will be able to cover her own costs: salary, benefits, travel and lodging, plus the support staff that does the behind-the-scenes work in promoting and setting up her talks.
In the meantime, it’s a matter of Catholic Answers having to rob Peter to pay Pauline, so to speak, and Peter doesn’t have anything to spare. But I hope you do.
I’m convinced that Leah has a wonderful future ahead of her as a Catholic apologist. She is someone who can speak today to young people (particularly young women) in a heart-moving and convincing way, and she will become, I’m sure, one of our most capable general apologists, along the lines of Tim Staples and Jimmy Akin.
But we need to get from here to there, financially speaking. [Click here to donate.]
We brought Leah on staff with full confidence in her but with knowledge, on her part and ours, that we would need help in covering expenses during her ramp-up phase.
She already is doing a tremendous amount of good, and I’m positive her effectiveness will increase many times over in future years. I ask that you help insure this will be the case by helping us cover the costs of bringing on such a fine speaker.
As a thank you for your gift of $40 or more, we’ll send you an autographed copy of Leah’s new DVD, From Top Model to Role Model. It tells the story of her dramatic reversion. We’ll also include an exclusive, hour-long audio interview with her on CD.
Many thanks for helping us expand the ranks of our top-notch apologists.
Leah’s already proven to be a wonderful addition to our staff, and, with your help, her good work will expand all the more, and her message will turn around many hearts and minds, just as hers were turned around. [Click here to donate.]
Sincerely in Christ,